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Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC's 2021 Probabilistic Analysis Forum, the second biennial conference considering the evolution of statistical methods used to measure BPS reliability.  The three-day meeting focused heavily of the…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the latest CMEP Practice Guides intended to assist Compliance Enforcement Authorities (CEAs) conduct fair and even assessments of violations and penalties in two new reliability areas.  The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the descriptions, resolutions, and the penalties assessed for Reliability Standards’ violations from May 1 thru August 31, 2021.  It provides the facts, risk assessments, and corrective…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight deals with a draft NERC Reliability Guideline which compares and contrasts the prevailing methods used by BES planners to forecast the growth in distributed energy resource (DER)…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the September 30 testimony delivered by Senior Leadership just prior to the Panel 1 discussion on BPS reliability and security at FERC’s 2021 Reliability Technical Conference. …

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s response to FERC’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) looking to overhaul regional transmission planning, cost allocation, and generator interconnection procedures.  The ERO generally supports the…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s 2021 TFE Report, their latest annual analysis on the use of Technical Feasibility Exceptions (TFEs) and their effect on BES reliability.  The numbers show a continuation…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the early findings from an inquiry team investigating last February’s extreme ice storm affecting electricity service in ERCOT, MISO, and the SPP.  It was presented…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight deals with a FERC White Paper exploring the need to add flexibility in the electric system market structure to deal with the increasing penetration of variable resources.  The…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the joint report issued by NERC and Texas RE describing two events outside Odessa, Texas, where external Faults tripped nearby renewable resources, but not their fossil-fueled counterparts. …

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at a complaint submitted to FERC by Michael Mabee criticizing NERC’s alleged ineffectiveness to assure the security of the Bulk Power System from terrorist or nation state cyber-attacks.…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the Third Edition of API Standard 1164, which significantly expands the scope of the Second Edition to cover all oil and natural (ONG) gas pipeline…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines the draft modifications SERC has proposed to their Regional Standard PRC-006-SERC-02 - which governs the design, analysis, and deployment of automatic underfrequency load shedding (UFLS) systems.  Although…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial posting of CIP-003-X by the Standards Development Team for Project 2020-03: Supply Chain Low Impact Revisions.  It calls for the owners and operators of low…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC's approval of NERC's latest Rules of Procedure updates - which close out the final action items remaining from the ERO's five-year performance analysis.  as the Electric…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight examines a proposed implementation guidance document summarizing the need, benefit, and application of NERC’s mapping spreadsheet drawing the connections between the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)…

Today's LiveWire Spotlight looks at a joint NERC/FERC Report that looks to identify beneficial practices to reduce the number and duration of Real-time assessment outages that impair System Operator situational…

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…


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