Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s 2021 Reliability Report evaluating last year’s performance (January to December 2020) of the Bulk Power System, including its resilience, security, frequency response, and exposure to reliability threats.  The authors assign risks by severity so that the ERO will prioritize those factors during standards development, compliance evaluations, and penalty determinations.

Look for NERC to continue to push information sharing and awareness-based solutions to reliability threats.  Over the long term, technological advancements (like battery storage and artificial intelligence) are best positioned to deal with the most persistent issues.