A Standards Authorization Request to move ahead with a development effort addressing deficiencies in BAL-003-1.1 was approved by the Standards Committee in April. A drafting team for Project 2017-01 has been convened and is working on the updates.
Look for NERC to continue to focus on training and awareness-based solutions to reliability threats. Over the longer term, industry stakeholders should look to employ technological advancements (like drones) to permanently eliminate the most persistent issues.
The loss of situational awareness for any reason is one of NERC’s top reliability concerns. Severe penalties may be levied if an electric system outage occurs, and it is found that an Operator did not act upon these Lessons Learned.
The two WECC Regional Standards are only effective in the West, but they drive universally sensible reliability practices. Inadvertent Interchange is of particular concern to FERC and is an operating parameter which all Balancing Authorities should carefully control.
The ERO Enterprise’s First Quarter Compliance and Enforcement status report indicates that the programs are under control. This could change as complex cyber security, relay coordination, and geomagnetic disturbance requirements begin to take effect in 2018/19.
PER-006-1, PRC-027-1 and the new definitions of “Protection System Coordination Study”, Operational Planning Analysis” and “Real‐time Assessment” will take effect in the U.S. on 10/1/2020. PRC-001-1.1(ii) will be retired immediately prior to the in-effect date of the new standards.
The initial Standards Authorization Request for NERC’s Standards Efficiency Initiative has been posted on the NERC website for a 30-day review period. Comments must be returned to the SAR drafting team by July 10, 2018.
NERC’s 2018 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Plan Version 2.1 does not affect the existing Risk Elements, RE Implementation Plans, or audit schedules. The Risk-based approach appears to be fully ingrained in the process and should continue for years to come.
The evolution of eco-friendly generation, high-speed Transmission, and sophisticated balancing technologies has introduced a series of new BES reliability challenges. NERC is addressing them as they arise and will continue to do so until the transition stabilizes.
The initial draft of NERC’s Reliability Guideline on BPS-Connected Inverter-Based Resource Performance has been posted for a 45-day review. Comments must be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 29, 2018.