FERC Staff Releases Electric Reliability Primer

by ronfluegge 5. January 2017 10:48

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions staff released an electric reliability primer that provides an overview of FERC’s role in overseeing the reliable operation of the nation’s bulk power system.

The primer outlines the basic structure of how the bulk power system operates with an explanation of fundamental concepts and functions related to power system operations. The document also discusses FERC’s authority under section 215 of the Federal Power Act with regard to reliability and how FERC has implemented that authority, primarily focusing on the oversight of the development and enforcement of mandatory Reliability Standards. Reliability Standards impose requirements on the users, owners and operators of the bulk power system to assure that they fulfill their responsibilities in reliable grid operations, consistent with the basic engineering functions and concepts discussed in the primer.

Also highlighted is the role of the NERC as the Electric Reliability Organization and the relationship to FERC and industry stakeholders.

FERC Reliability Primer

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FERC Proposes Requiring Access to NERC Databases - GADS

by ronfluegge 30. September 2015 19:18

Docket Nos. RM15-25-000, RM15-4-000, RM15-9-000, and RM15-8-000

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on September 17, 2015 proposed to require the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to provide the Commission with access to NERC’s transmission availability data system, generating availability data system (GADS) and protection system misoperations databases.

The proposed access would be limited to data regarding U.S. facilities only and would not require NERC to collect any additional data. The intent is to inform FERC more quickly, directly and comprehensively about reliability trends or reliability gaps that might require development of new or modified Reliability Standards. Access to the databases also would provide FERC with more information to better understand the reliability and adequacy assessments periodically submitted by NERC.

Comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Are there any penalties for not complying with the GADS mandatory requirements of data submission?

by ronfluegge 14. June 2013 10:48

Mandatory GADS is under Section 1600 of the NERC Rules of Procedure. It is not under a standard or compliance regulation document.

This means that NERC cannot under any circumstances charge a fine for late GADS data. 

NERC can only write letters to the company, requesting they report data ASAP.

If the company refuses to send NERC data (not just asking for more time to report but refuses to go by the Rules of Procedure), then NERC is obligated to turn that information over to FERC for judgment.

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