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FERC, NERC open inquiry into winter load event that stressed Midwest grids

FERC, NERC open inquiry into winter load event that stressed Midwest grids FERC and NERC routinely review load events that stress regional grids, like the 2014 Polar Vortex, to improve market rules and emergency procedures. This review, however, could take on special significance due to FERC’s open proceeding on grid resilience and the looming specter … Continue reading FERC, NERC open inquiry into winter load event that stressed Midwest grids

Data Exposure by Vendor Leads to $2.7 Million NERC Penalty for #Utility

Data Exposure by Vendor Leads to $2.7 Million NERC Penalty for Utility A seven-figure penalty reported by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation demonstrates the potentially severe consequences for electric utilities related to improper data handling practices and underscores the challenges in preventing and resolving unauthorized disclosures. A public filing by the North American Electric … Continue reading Data Exposure by Vendor Leads to $2.7 Million NERC Penalty for #Utility

NERC: Changing resource mix tightening reserve margins

NERC: Changing resource mix tightening reserve margins The rapid shift from coal and nuclear generation to more intermittent renewables and natural gas is creating new challenges for the North American electric grid, including declining resource adequacy as soon as next year in at least one region. “The accelerating move toward natural gas and renewables means … Continue reading NERC: Changing resource mix tightening reserve margins

This is a test: How NERC plans to up the stakes for this year’s #GridEx disaster exercise

This is a test: How NERC plans to up the stakes for this year’s GridEx disaster exercise This week, more than 5,000 people will participate in a simulated attack on the North American grid, in an effort to prepare for what some see as an inevitability. Later this week, utility officials and first responders will … Continue reading This is a test: How NERC plans to up the stakes for this year’s #GridEx disaster exercise

NERC proposal targets cybersecurity risks in electric system supply chains

NERC proposal targets cybersecurity risks in electric system supply chains NERC on Tuesday filed with federal regulators a petition stretching almost 3,500 pages, proposing new cybersecurity standards that aim to address the increasingly-sophisticated attacks on the nation’s bulk power system. The new standards were proposed in response to FERC Order 829, issued last summer, directing … Continue reading NERC proposal targets cybersecurity risks in electric system supply chains

A U.S. grid clear of 2016 attacks is hardly worry-free — NERC

A U.S. grid clear of 2016 attacks is hardly worry-free — NERC The interstate grid’s top regulators want a closer look at threats that could penetrate power companies and smart grid networks. The North American Electric Reliability Corp., in its “State of Reliability 2017” report, noted there were no cybersecurity attacks that took down parts … Continue reading A U.S. grid clear of 2016 attacks is hardly worry-free — NERC

NERC ’s Summer Reliability Assessment finds ample resources available

NERC’s Summer Reliability Assessment finds ample resources available The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently released its 2017 Summer Reliability Assessment, which found that all areas of the United States have enough resources to meet expected peak electricity demands for this summer. Anticipated reserve margins, the amount of projected unused electric generating capacity at … Continue reading NERC ’s Summer Reliability Assessment finds ample resources available

NERC Publishes 2016 Long-Term Reliability Assessment, Warns Of Shortages In MISO And ERCOT

NERC Publishes 2016 Long-Term Reliability Assessment, Warns Of Shortages In MISO And ERCOT In December, 2016, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) released its 2016 Long-Term Reliability Assessment (“LTRA”). Among its key findings, NERC projected that the capacity reserve margin—the primary metric used to measure resource adequacy—would fall below its target level in the … Continue reading NERC Publishes 2016 Long-Term Reliability Assessment, Warns Of Shortages In MISO And ERCOT

NERC ‘s 10-Year Grid Assessment: Enough Power, And Some Challenges

NERC’s 10-Year Grid Assessment: Enough Power, And Some Challenges The latest edition of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) report on long-term power supply and reliability trends over the next decade says that we have enough power to meet demand through at least 2025. NERC, the nation’s overseer of high power electric grid reliability, … Continue reading NERC ‘s 10-Year Grid Assessment: Enough Power, And Some Challenges

California grid expected to maintain reliability despite #drought

California grid expected to maintain reliability despite drought According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the bulk power system in California is not expected to lose grid reliability this summer, despite a drought that has lowered hydroelectric generation. Overall, NERC expects more than 72 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating capacity to be available … Continue reading California grid expected to maintain reliability despite #drought