Today’s LiveWire Spotlight assesses NERC’s 2022 TFE Report, the latest annual analysis conducted by the ERO Enterprise on the use of Technical Feasibility Exceptions (TFEs) and their effect on BES reliability.  The numbers suggest that the value of TFE oversight is fading as new CIP-compliant assets replace those needing an exception — and that Compliance Enforcement Authorities can rely totally on the audit process to assure reliability.

Much of the 2022 TFE activity was attributed to the migration of the request, update, and tracking processes to the Align platform.  The ERO Enterprise has already seen a reduction in their TFE overhead processing needs – which should be reflected in next year’s numbers.