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Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC's first quarter Reliability Standards report providing the latest status of the reliability requirements progressing through the standards development pipeline.  Twelve projects are discussed; some of which…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the capabilities of the ERO Enterprise's Secure Evidence Locker (SEL), a new data management platform that will support the secure handling of sensitive files supplied during audits,…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s recently released pandemic assessment, which reports on the industry’s handling of electric system reliability during the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 global health crises. …

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates three NERC Lessons Learned - “teachable moments” where control and Protection System failures threatened electric system reliability.  The Lessons address scenarios where (1) differential relays protecting 3…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s latest Directives Status Report; the tenth filing to FERC summarizing the latest status of open Commission rulings requiring the ERO to take action related to…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the third draft of the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2019-06: Cold Weather.  The SAR Drafting Team attempts to squelch the controversy which erupted while…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines a NERC White Paper explaining the increasing need to improve electric system fast frequency response (FFR) to offset the penetration of inverter-based resources.  This could very well require…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s GridEx V final report summarizing the findings from last November’s simulation of a large-scale coordinated cyber/physical attack on the BPS and the gas infrastructure.  Over 7,000 participants from…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines Draft 1 of the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2020-04  - which acts on FERC’s directive to correct a reliability gap in CIP-012-1 that could…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight focuses in on the controversy swirling around the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) addressing the findings from the January 2018 extreme weather event in the south-central U.S. The objections…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2020-03 - Supply Chain Low-Impact Revisions.  In it, the SAR Drafting Team proposes to modify the low-impact cyber security…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight special supplement looks at the initial Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2020-02 proposing to modify the five “generator validation standards” to include all forms of transmission-side resources…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s proposed revisions to six Sections and Appendices their Rules of Procedure regarding organization registration, organization certification, and BES Exceptions.  Some arose during the implementation of…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Operational Data Exchange Simplification - the second of six initiatives launched as part of the second phase of the standards…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at a newly posted draft NERC Reliability Guideline offering direction to TPs and PCs regarding the construction of requirements for accumulating distributed energy resource (DER) modeling data…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2020-01, which proposes to modify MOD-032-1 to include collection and reporting requirements for distributed energy resource (DER) modeling data. …

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC's efforts to transition the “Guidelines and Technical Basis” sections of ten Reliability Standards to stand-alone Technical Rationale documents.  Experts in operations & data exchange, modeling…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines a U.S. citizen's complaint to FERC that NERC Standard CIP-014-2 does not properly assure the physical security of the Bulk Electric System.  In his submission, Michael Mabee…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the updated version of a Planning Committee-sponsored Reliability Guideline intended to help system planners model and assess fuel assurance and pipeline disruption risk.  The latest posting…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines Public Citizen’s Request to participate as a household consumer representative on SERC’s reorganized Board of Directors once the Region’s bylaws are approved by FERC.  They see the restructuring as…


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