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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…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s 2020 Work Plan Priorities.  In it, the ERO Enterprise identifies the focus areas that they will direct capital and resources to over the next twelve…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates FERC’s Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comments on the potential benefits and risks associated with the use of virtualization and cloud computing services in BES operations.  In it,…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the second draft Standards Authorization Request (SAR) addressing the findings from the January 2018 extreme weather event in the south-central U.S.  The new version incorporates…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s petition requesting approval of TPL-007-4 - the latest version of the geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) planning standard.  The document addresses two directives issued by the Commission in…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the scope expansions in CIP-005-7, CIP-010-4, and CIP-013-2 (the supply chain standards), which will incorporate Electronic Access Control and Monitoring Systems and Physicals Access Control Systems. …

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines a newly released NERC document that delivers extensive guidance to Protection System owners required to enter operation and Misoperation details into the MIDAS database.  The instructions focus on the type…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC's public acceptance of NERC’s most recent five-year self-analysis of their performance as the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO).  The Commission agrees that NERC continues to satisfy…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the FERC’s approval of CIP-012-1, the NERC standard addressing the confidentiality and integrity of BES data exchanged between Control Centers.  CIP-012-1 consists of a single requirement…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to approve the retirement of 74 NERC requirements identified by the industry as redundant, administrative in nature, or provide…


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