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Orders, Reports, Conferences and Testimony


FERC, pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, finalized on February 2, 2006, landmark new rules on the certification of an Electric Reliability Organization and the procedures for the establishment, approval and enforcement of mandatory electric reliability standards.

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September
    This final rule approves Reliability Standard TPL-007-1, Transmission System Planned Performance for Geomagnetic Disturbance Events. The Reliability Standard was developed and submitted by NERC in response to a Commission directive in Order No. 779. In addition, the final rule directs NERC to develop modifications to Reliability Standard TPL-007-1 and submit informational filings to address certain research issues. September 22, 2016, Order No. 830 PDF

    This notice of proposed rulemaking proposes to approve Reliability Standards BAL-005-1 (Balancing Authority Control) and FAC-001-3 (Facility Interconnection Requirements) as submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and proposes to approve the retirement of Reliability Standard BAL-006-2. September 22, 2016, NOPR PDF

    FERC approves two NERC-proposed Reliability Standards IRO-018-1 and TOP-010-1 which both address real-time reliability monitoring and analysis capabilities of reliability coordinators, balancing authorities, and transmission operators. September 22, 2016, Decision PDF
July
    This Notice of Inquiry seeks comment on the need for, and possible effects of, modifications to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards regarding the protection of control centers that are used to monitor and control the bulk electric system in real-time. July 21, 2016, Notice of Inquiry PDF

    This Order denies rehearing of Order No. 822, which approved seven modified critical infrastructure protection (CIP) Reliability Standards and directed NERC to develop additional modifications to the CIP Reliability Standards. July 21, 2016, Order No. 822-A PDF

    This Final Rule directs NERC to develop a new or modified Reliability Standard for supply chain risk management for industrial control system hardware, software, and computing and networking services associated with bulk electric system operations. The Final Rule further directs that the new or modified Reliability Standard should require responsible entities to develop a plan to meet four specific security objectives while providing flexibility to responsible entities as to how to meet those objectives. July 21, 2016, Order No. 829 PDF

June
    The final rule amends the Commission’s regulations to require the NERC to provide the Commission and Commission staff, with access on a non-public and ongoing basis to certain databases compiled and maintained by NERC. The amended regulation applies to the following NERC databases: (1) the Transmission Availability Data System, (2) the Generating Availability Data System, and (3) the protection system misoperations database. June 16, 2016, Order No. 824 PDF

    This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to amend the Commission’s regulations to implement provisions of the FAST Act that pertain to the designation, protection, and sharing of Critical Electric Infrastructure Information. Separately, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to amend the Commission’s regulations that pertain to Critical Energy Infrastructure Information. June 16, 2016, NOPR PDF
May
    FERC seeks comments on Reliability Standard BAL-002-2 (Disturbance Control Standard—Contingency Reserve for Recovery from a Balancing Contingency Event) submitted by NERC. This proposed Reliability Standard BAL-002-2 is designed to ensure that applicable entities balance resources and demand and return their Area Control Error to defined values following a Reportable Balancing Contingency Event. In addition, the Commission proposes to direct NERC to modify Reliability Standard BAL-002-2 to address concerns related to the possible extension or delay of the periods for Area Control Error recovery and contingency reserve restoration. The Commission also proposes to direct NERC to address a reliability gap regarding megawatt losses above the most severe single contingency. May 19, 2016, NOPR PDF
March
    FERC approves Final Rule for Reliability Standard PRC-026-1 (Relay Performance During Stable Power Swings). March 17, 2016, Order No. 823 PDF
January
    The Final Rule approves seven critical infrastructure protection (CIP) Reliability Standards, submitted by NERC in response to Order No. 791. In addition, the Final Rule directs that NERC develop modifications to address (1) the protection of transient electronic devices used at Low Impact BES Cyber Systems, (2) protections for communication network components between bulk electric system Control Centers, (3) and refinement of the definition for Low Impact External Routable Connectivity. Further, the Final Rule directs NERC to conduct a study on the CIP version 5 remote access controls. January 21, 2016, Order No. 822 PDF


January 29, 2016 - FERC, NERC Staff Report Identifies Beneficial Practices for Grid Restoration and Recovery News Release | Report PDF

January 20, 2011 - Item A-3: Study outlining tools to help ensure grid reliability News Release | Chairman's Statement | Report PDF | Notice Inviting Comments on Report PDF

Supporting Documents:
June 1, 2016 - Technical conference to Discuss Policy Issues Related to Reliability of the Bulk-Power System Notice PDF | Event Details

March 1, 2016 - Technical Conference on Reliability Standard for Transmission System Planned Performance for Geomagnetic Disturbance Events Notice PDF | Errata Notice PDF | Event Details

January 28, 2016 - Technical conference on on CIP Supply Chain Risk Management Notice PDF | Event Details

June 4, 2015 - Technical conference to Discuss Issues Related to the Bulk-Power System Notice PDF | Errata PDF | Event Details

June 10, 2014 - Technical conference on the Reliability of the Bulk-Power System Notice PDF | Event Details

April 29, 2014 - Technical conference Addressing Critical Infrastructure Protection Issues Identified in Order No. 791 Notice PDF | Event Details

November 29–30, 2011 - Technical conference to discuss policy issues related to reliability of the Bulk-Power system Notice PDF | Event Details | Comments Filed

October 24–25, 2011 - Meeting on Single Point of Failure on Protection Systems (RM10-6) Notice PDF | Event Details

October 25, 2011 - Technical conference on issues related to reliability standard CIP-006-2 Notice PDF | Event Details

February 8, 2011: Technical conference on Priorities for Addressing Risks to the Reliability of the Bulk-Power System Event Details | Notice PDF | Commissioner Norris’s Statement

November 18, 2010 - Technical Conference on Reliability Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance Issues  Event Details | Notice PDF

October 5, 2010 - Technical conference on Transmission Vegetation Management Programs Event Details | Notice PDF

July 6, 2010 - Technical conference on development and enforcement of mandatory reliability standards Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System on Event Details | Notice PDF

September 22, 2009- Public Meeting announced on mandatory reliability standards for the Bulk-Power System to present research conducted by the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison sponsored by the Commission, on Topological and Impedance Element Ranking (TIER) of the Bulk-Power System (RM06-16-000) Event Details

September 18, 2007- Technical conference announced on Reliability Standard Compliance and Enforcement in Regions with Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations for (AD07-12-000) Event Details

March 2, 2007 - Technical Conference to discuss a rehearing request addressing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) business plan and budget as the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) (RR06-3-001) Event Details | Comments received [eLibrary]

July 6, 2006 - Technical Conference on NERC's April 4, 2006 petition and to address issues raised in the Staff Assessment Event Details

April 24, 2006 - FERC and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to meet jointly on grid reliability News Release | Event Details

February 2, 2006 - Special public meeting scheduled to address Energy Policy Act items News Release | Event Details

November 18, 2005 - Technical conference on Electric Reliability Organization certification and procedures (Docket No. RM05-30-000) Event Details

June 22, 2005 - US and Canadian flags US-Canada workshop in Toronto on Draft Principles for an International Electric Reliability Organization Event Details

November 3, 2004 - United States and Canada flags December 8, 2004 workshop on establishing Electricity Reliability Organization Event Details | Registration DOC

September 29, 2004 - Technical conference on Reliability Readiness Reviews Event Details | View Conference (You must have Windows Media Player 9 to view this file, download External Link.)

July 15, 2004 - Summer 2004 Reliability workshop in Cleveland, Ohio Event Details

May 14, 2004 - US-Canada power system outage Task Force and FERC co-hosted a technical workshop that discussed improvement of NA electric reliability standards and April 2004 report recommendations Event Details | Staff Paper

December 1, 2003 - Public conference on electric reliability Event Details
July 17, 2012 - Joseph McClelland testimony before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on Cyber Security and the Grid Testimony PDF | Event Details

May 31, 2011 - Joseph McClelland testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Protecting the Electric Grid: the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act Testimony PDF | Event Details

May 5, 2011 - Joseph McClelland testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Cyber Security Testimony PDF | Event Details

February 21, 2011 - Joseph McClelland testifies before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Testimony PDF | Event Details

October 27, 2009 - Joseph McClelland to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment Testimony PDF | Event Details

July 21, 2009 - Joseph McClelland testified before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology on Securing the Modern Electric Grid from Physical and Cyber Attacks Testimony PDF | Event Details

May 7, 2009 - Joseph McClelland testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on cybersecurity and critical electricity infrastructure Testimony PDF | Event Details

September 11, 2008 - Chairman Kelliher testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality on Protecting the Electric Grid from Cyber-Security Threats Testimony PDF | Event Details

October 17, 2007 - Office of Reliability Director Joseph McClelland's testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, & Science & Technology on cyber security Testimony PDF | Event Details

July 12, 2006 - Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy and Resources regarding the "Can the U.S. Electric Grid Take Another Hot Summer?" Testimony PDF | Event Details

May 15, 2006 - General Counsel John S. Moot’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and electric reliability Testimony PDF | Event Details

June 8, 2005 - FERC Chairman urges Congress to fix transmission grid News Release | Testimony Summary PDF | Full Testimony PDF | Grid 2030 Report PDF