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Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s 2021 Reliability Report evaluating last year’s performance (January to December 2020) of the Bulk Power System, including its resilience, security, frequency response, and exposure to reliability threats. …

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at a recently issued NERC Alert reminding the industry that two extreme cold weather events have occurred over the last four years – and looks to verify…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates three “teachable moments” posted by NERC where the need to revalidate routine assumptions became clear after an electric system event took place. A thin patina of…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the second half-day webinar session held by NERC probing the human performance (HP) aspects of BES reliability - with a goal to reduce errors that lead…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the 2021 ERO Reliability Risk Priorities Report - a study performed every two years evaluating the top reliability threats to the electricity industry.  The ERO…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the accomplishments of the ERO Enterprise’s Compliance and Enforcement team and the performance of their associated CMEP monitoring process during January-March, 2021.  A description of major project…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks a NERC study closing out a FERC directive calling for the assessment of the kinds and effectiveness of BES Cyber System (BCS) access controls that entities…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC's 2022-2024 Standards Development Plan, which prioritizes the work that the ERO expects to process up to three years out.  Most project activity in 2022 will…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial draft of a NERC Reliability Guideline aimed at Planners looking to simulate the rapidly growing impact of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) on electric system frequency…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the fourth draft of the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2019-04: Modifications to PRC-005-6.  Despite heavily negative feedback from the industry, the project team…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Docket AD21-15-000, which announces the formation of a joint Task Force made up of representatives from U.S. Federal and State regulators to better coordinate…

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

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2021-06 - Modifications to IRO-010 and TOP-003.  The SAR looks to reduce the volume of data that Registered Entities…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2021-05 - Modifications to PRC-023.  The SAR was submitted for consideration by NERC’s System Protection and Control Subcommittee (SPCS),…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines two NERC Implementation Guidance documents looking to offer direction on two CIP cyber security obligations for Registered Entities seeking workable compliance alternatives.  The first deals with disabling…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines three sets of modifications proposed to the mandatory data request requiring equipment owners to enter generator design and outage details into NERC’s Generating Availability Data System (GADS).…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at a recently posted CMEP Practice Guide outlining the actions expected of Compliance Enforcement Authorities to assure uniformity in their cyber security (CIP) assessments of detection…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight is the second of two articles on FERC’s Technical Conference regarding the impact of climate change and extreme weather on electric system reliability – one for each four-hour…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight is the first of two articles on FERC’s Technical Conference regarding the impact of climate change and extreme weather on electric system reliability – one for each…


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