Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the latest CMEP Practice Guides intended to assist Compliance Enforcement Authorities (CEAs) conduct fair and even assessments of violations and penalties in two new reliability areas.  The first provides guidance to CEAs evaluating three BES restoration-related procedures required by EOP-005-3.  The second calls for CEAs to reinforce the steps taken by NERC and FERC after the rolling blackouts in Texas caused by February’s massive and lengthy sub-zero freeze.

As of last month, both CMEP Practice Guides “took effect” across the U.S. and Canada.  Clients should expect CEA staff to apply the guidance during an audit to verify their preparedness for Winter and their ability to execute a wide-area restoration if the worst should happen.