Today’s LiveWire Spotlight contains our analysis of NERC’s Notices of Penalty in 4Q2021 – providing the facts, risk appraisals, and mitigations for 22 substantive non-CIP findings reported by RFC, SERC, TRE, and WECC.  Over $1 million in fines were meted out to companies for violations to BAL-001-2, FAC-008-3, FAC-501-WECC-2, PRC-005-6, and TPL-001-4.

The most severe NERC compliance penalties continue to result from miscues that threaten control areas or high voltage transmission lines.  Expect Protection System maintenance, Facility Rating, relay setting, or planning assessment violations to be dealt with harshly.