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Today's LiveWire Spotlight is the last of four articles on the testimony provided at FERC’s June 27 Technical Conference.  Panel IV’s topic was “Managing Changes in Communications Technologies on the…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight is the third of four articles on FERC’s June 27 Technical Conference.  Panel III’s topic was “Reliability Issues Associated with Reliability Coordinator Seams”.  Representatives from several Reliability Coordinators…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight is the second of four articles on FERC’s June 27 Technical Conference.  Panel II’s topic was “The Impact of Cloud-Based Services and Virtualization on BES Operations, Planning and…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight is the first of four articles on the testimony from FERC’s June 27 Technical Conference.  Panel I’s topic was “Status of the Electric Reliability Organization and Reliability”.  Representatives from…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Docket RD19-3-000 approving without comment CIP-008-6, which expands the type, content, timelines, and recipients of cyber security incident reports.; including... …the reporting of cyber-attacks even…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to approve TPL-001-5 addressing directives issued in Orders 754 and 786.  The Commission agrees that the proposed updates mostly satisfy their…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines a new draft NERC Reliability Guideline on DER_A, the latest generic model representing small distributed energy resources in dynamic stability studies. The subject matter is aimed…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at of NERC’s 2019 Reliability Report, which evaluates the North American Bulk Power System’s resilience, security, frequency response, and exposure to reliability threats in Calendar Year…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight assesses NERC’s Lessons Learned addressing five cases where a state estimator (SE) or real-time contingency analysis (RTCA) failure could have been detected and dealt with more quickly…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines Version 4 of the Event Analysis Process. The ERO is requesting industry feedback to the modifications made after a subject matter expert periodic review of the…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial draft of a NERC Reliability Guideline offering criteria for interconnection agreements and modeling that ensures the adequate performance of BPS-connected inverter-based resources. The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC's 2019 Summer Assessment, which forecasts the industry’s ability to support North America's electric system reliability and adequacy thru the hottest months of the year. The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the third draft of CIP-002-6, which backs out the changes sponsored by the SDT for Project 2015-09 addressing substation, generator plant, and RAS impact ratings. The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the latest status of the dissolution of FRCC. All the data indicate that SERC is prepared to take on reliability oversight responsibilities in the U.S.…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates two “teachable moments” where flaws in the physical characteristics of a grid or communications network threatened electric system reliability. In the first instance, a work crew…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight serves as a reminder that the updates to three NERC standards – two under the Personnel Performance, Training, and Qualifications (PER) category and the other under Transmission…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines a newly posted white paper capturing the thinking of project team designing new CIP requirements addressing the security risks of virtualization technologies. They are acting on…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial draft of NERC’s 2020 Business Plan and Budget. In it, the Finance Team projects next year's combined capital and expense budget at $83…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight reviews NPCC's new Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Forum, which was launched on May 16th to provide open discussions of DER issues, enhance awareness, understand the impacts to…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the results of the latest NERC Performance Survey delivered at last May's Member Representatives Committee (MRC) meeting. In it, the ERO attained the strongest marks for…


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