FERC, NERC Staff Review 2021 Winter Freeze, Recommend Standards Improvements

by ronfluegge 24. September 2021 11:20

The electric and natural gas industries need to strengthen their winterization and cold weather preparedness and coordination to prevent a recurrence of the unprecedented February 2021 power outages to millions of people during the February 2021 freeze in Texas and the Midwest.

That is the assessment of a preliminary report presented at today’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) meeting by a joint inquiry team of staff from FERC and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and its regional entities. The report reviews what happened during the freeze and outlines a series of recommendations, including mandatory electric reliability standards, to prevent its recurrence.


EPRI and NERC Collaborate to Enhance Electric Grid Resilience and Reliability as U.S. Transitions to Cleaner Energy

by ronfluegge 23. July 2021 16:20

PALO ALTO, CA (July 22, 2021) – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) today announced a new agreement to collaboratively enable improved resilience and reliability of the North American electric grid. As the U.S. takes critical steps to reduce carbon emissions across the economy, the two organizations will leverage their collective knowledge to more efficiently and effectively respond to power sector challenges.

The agreement calls for the two organizations to meet regularly and coordinate on several fronts, including supporting effective deployment of industry resources to address emerging issues, jointly sponsoring workshops or meetings, and identifying and collaborating on key projects and activities.

“EPRI’s and NERC’s respective experts are at the forefront of R&D to enhance electric grid resilience." said Rob Chapman, EPRI’s senior vice president of energy delivery and customer solutions. "By strengthening collaboration, we can better accelerate energy system innovation and solve reliability challenges before they happen.”

“We are pleased to refresh our memorandum of understanding to continue our successful collaborations with EPRI,” said Mark Lauby, NERC’s senior vice president and chief engineer. “The transformation of the grid presents a number of challenges today and into the future. The results of our joint planning and subsequent research projects provide the science, tools, and processes needed to effectively mitigate existing and emerging risks to the reliable operation of the North American bulk power system.”

EPRI and NERC Collaborate to Enhance Electric Grid Resilience and Reliability as U.S. Transitions to Cleaner Energy 

Samantha Gilman
Communication Manager



Request for Comments

by ronfluegge 15. June 2021 19:25

Modifications to Section 1600 Data Request for Generating Availability Data System (GADS)

In accordance with NERC’s Rule of Procedure, Section 1600 Data Requests must include a 45-day public comment period. NERC is seeking to update the GADS Section 1600 data request to add value by expanding GADS reporting to include:

  • Solar (new): 
    • Inventory/configuration, event reporting, and performance data 
    • Inventory/configuration of connected energy storage and performance data
  • GADS Wind extensions: 
    • Event reporting and connected energy storage
    • Changes to configuration data to support event reporting, and 
    • Expansion of mandatory data reporting fields
  • Conventional GADS extensions:
    • Unit design data that is comparable to the types of information being collected for wind and solar 
    • Contributing Operating Conditions Code

The Reliability and Security Technical Committee reviewed the proposed modifications to the GADS Section 1600 Data Request and approved a 45-day posting for industry comment. Comments should be provided via email by 8:00 p.m. Eastern on July 31, 2021, using the comment form at the link below.

Click here for:Comment Form 
Comment Period: June 15, 2021 – July 31, 2021



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