Spotlight Articles

Today's LiveWire Spotlight article examines five new balancing and emergency operations standards that become mandatory and effective in the U.S. on April 1. The updates were either directed by FERC…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates a white paper posted by the Personnel Certification and Governance Committee (PCGC) proposing the consolidation of all four NERC System Operator credentials into one. The PCGC…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines six concepts floated by the Standards Efficiency Review project team intended to reduce the regulatory burden without impacting safe, secure, and reliable operations. Once approved, the…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at testimony delivered by governmental/industry leaders to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Senator Murkowski on February 14. The hearing addressed the actions that…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the February policy input provided to NERC's Board of Trustees from the Member Representatives Committee (MRC), industry trade organizations, the ISO/RTO Council, and Regional Entities. Two…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates four cyber security vulnerability summaries recently posted by the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). They explain how hackers can exploit poorly written software…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s 2018 CMEP Annual Report - which summarizes the most noteworthy activities taken by the ERO Enterprise’s Compliance and Enforcement Teams during 2018, and identifies…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the results of NERC’s settlement with a multi-Regional Registered Entity for 127 violations to the CIP standards. The agreement calls for the Entity to pay a…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at a NERC Disturbance Report presenting the findings from two 2018 events in Southern California where 500 kV transmission line faults rendered solar photovoltaic (PV) resources…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at a summary document issued by the Congressional Research Service listing all cybersecurity hearings and legislation conducted in the last three sessions of the U.S. House…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial assembly of NERC's System Planning Impacts of Distributed Energy Resources (SPIDER) Working Group in Austin, Texas. The two-day conference focused on the influence that…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the Midwest Reliability Organization's proposed Implementation Guidance for MOD-025-2 which they developed by to help Entities and auditors reach a mutual understanding of the reliability basis…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial draft of NERC's Reliability Guideline on Primary Frequency Control Version 2. The document suggests solutions to an assortment of issues that interfere with…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight assesses the proposed updates to NERC’s guidance outlining the process and coordination actions that Balancing Authorities must take when they merge with other BAs. The document explains…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s latest Long-Term Reliability Assessment addressing the reliability, adequacy, and security of the Bulk Power System in the 10-year planning horizon. The study outlines five…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates three NERC Lessons Learned where Fault analysis was used to assess the operating condition of a Transmission and/or Protection System either before, during, or after an…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC's 2018-2019 Winter Assessment, which evaluates the reliability and adequacy of the BPS during this winter season. Although there are concerns in some spots, the study…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at a Special Reliability Assessment issued by NERC identifying the resource and transmission planning challenges that may arise as generation retirements accelerate in the transition to…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines a draft White Paper developed by NERC’s Synchronized Measurement Subcommittee to help Operating Entities improve their situational awareness capabilities using high resolution data provided by Phasor…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2018-04, which looks to clarify the inverter-based resource frequency and voltage protective settings criteria in PRC-024-2. The initiative acts on…


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