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Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC's most recent yearly submission to FERC outlining the progress of the Find, Fix, Track, and Report (FFT) and Compliance Exceptions (CE) Programs. The status report…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight addresses FERC Order 851 approving TPL-007-2, which has been extensively re-written to better address the threat of geomagnetic disturbances (GMD) to BES equipment and stability. In the…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight assesses NERC's first proposal at new CIP requirements specifying the allowable architectures and security risks of virtualization technologies. They apply to services which perform remote Operating System,…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s 2018 Grid Security Conference, the eighth annual gathering of cyber and physical security experts discussing emerging BES security trends, policies, and lessons learned. The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC's latest webinar on extreme cold weather readiness awareness. The content is closely related to two NERC’s Lesson Learned describing actual incidents where severe cold weather…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the statistics and ancillary information used to analyze the ERO Enterprise’s Compliance and Enforcement organization’s performance during the months of July-September, 2018. Most indicate a…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s 2018 Situational Awareness Conference, the sixth annual two-day conference addressing the role of monitoring and state estimation capabilities in BES reliability. Presenters examined major situational…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s plan to address natural gas system disruptions - which builds on the findings and recommendations from a 2017 NERC investigation into the topic. The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the latest NERC’s Lesson Learned concerning a major incident touched off by human error and followed by a series of Remedial Action Scheme (RAS) Misoperations. The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight gives an update to last May’s NERC Alert dealing with solar resources that enter into a “momentary cession” mode during voltage sags. The findings from the respondents…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Order 850, announcing the Commission’s approval of three Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards that close known reliability gaps associated with global supply chain management. FERC…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the second version of the proposed Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) mitigation planning standard applicable only to Canadian entities. Once approved, TPL-007-3 will allow Transmission Planners and…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines four “teachable moments” where impaired or improperly set network switches caused a packet broadcast storm threatening electric system reliability. All four offer Lessons Learned urging entities…

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Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Docket RD18-7-000, which announces the Commission’s approval of BAL-002-3. The standard closes a reliability gap identified by FERC which…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the latest annual analysis conducted by the ERO Enterprise of the use of Technical Feasibility Exceptions (TFEs) and their effect on BES reliability. The report is…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines a newly issued NERC Reliability Guideline addressing FERC's concerns regarding regional variances in the formulation of Interconnection Reliability Operation Limits (IROLs). The guideline focuses on the…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s 2019 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) - the eleventh annual operating plan providing reliability compliance guidelines to the Regions and assuring that all obligations…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates two NERC Lessons Learned providing “teachable moments” where a substation component or system failed unexpectedly and resulted in a threat to Bulk Electric System reliability. The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates two NERC Lessons Learned providing “teachable moments” where a flaw in a cyber security program left a Bulk Electric System Facility exposed to a reliability threat.…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s informational filing to FERC concerning CIP-005-6, CIP-010-3, and CIP-013-1. The analysis was authored by the Electric Power Research Institute, who was tasked by the…


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