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Today's LiveWire Spotlight deals with the four options under consideration by the project team looking to meet the objectives of Project 2017-01 Phase II. 1. Revise BAL-003-2 to address the Real-time…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC’s dismissal of the complaint filed by Californians for Green Nuclear Power looking to prevent the planned shutdown of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.  The Commission…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the testimony delivered on March 11 by five governmental and industry leaders to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  The hearing was conducted to…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines three “teachable moments” recently posted by NERC where transient-induced Protection System Misoperations threatened electric system reliability. A close-in Fault at a 230 kV substation lasting for less…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at two NERC Lessons Learned - each outlining a root cause strategy that can help identify the factors that lead to a process or equipment failure, and find…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at FAC-014-3 Draft 5, which corrects minor flaws in response to industry stakeholder comments to the previous draft – which fell short of approval by 0.05%. …

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial Standards Authorization Requests (SARs) for Project 2021-01.  There are three that look to enhance the accuracy of two types of generator validations, particularly in…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines a joint NERC/WECC study which anticipates Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) will be massively deployed over the next decade; requiring coordinated plans to deal with the…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at fourteen new NERC standards which become mandatory and effective in the U.S. next month.  They were developed under the following three project headings. Project 2007-06 System…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the updates to the balancing and frequency control reference document authored and maintained by NERC’s Resources Committee - the first one in nearly ten years.  The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC's summary of the most notable activities managed under their Compliance and Enforcement Program (CMEP) during 2020 - and identifies the key priorities for 2021.  The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial draft of a NERC Reliability Guideline describing the proper composition of a Balancing Authority’s/Reserve Sharing Group’s Operating Reserve – and their ability to offset…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight recaps four panel sessions sponsored by the Reliability Issues Steering Committee (RISC) held to evaluate the top electric system reliability threats.  Their findings correspond with the results of…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial drafts of EOP-011-2, IRO-010-4, and TOP-003-5 addressing generator performance during extreme winter cold.  Despite fierce industry resistance to the SAR, the project team…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight is the third of 3 articles dealing with the proposed updates to the CIP standards enabling the use of virtualization services without affecting legacy perimeter-based architectures.  Part I…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight is the second of 3 articles dealing with the proposed updates to the CIP standards enabling the use of virtualization services without affecting legacy perimeter-based architectures.  Part I…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight is the first of three articles dealing with the proposed updates to the CIP standards enabling the use of virtualization services without affecting legacy perimeter-based architectures.  Today’s article…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight assesses NERC’s Notices of Penalty in 4Q2020 - which capture the descriptions, resolutions, and the penalties assessed for Reliability Standards’ violations from October 1 thru December 31, 2020. …

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at a Compliance Implementation Guideline developed by the Data Exchange Infrastructure Requirements Task Force to explain NERC’s Control Center data redundancy and diversity criteria.  The Guideline…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight focuses on two technology trials that look to supplement the growth of E-ISAC’s Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP) to include industrial control systems used in electric…


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