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Division of Operations and Planning Standards



Mission

The Division of Operations and Planning Standards oversees all aspects of operations and planning related matters that affect the bulk power system. Monitor and participate in the development and review of operations and planning mandatory reliability standards, review and advise the Commission on filed operations and planning reliability standards. Oversees compliance with the approved mandatory operations and planning standards by the users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system. Oversees and analyzes bulk power system reliability performance. Assesses and advises whether new or modified operations and planning reliability standards are required.

Functions

  1. Monitor and participate in the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) and Regional Entities (RE) reliability standards development process to help improve the quality of operations and planning reliability standards proposed to the Commission.


  2. Review proposed operations and planning reliability standards to recommend whether the Commission should approve, remand, or direct the ERO revise approved operations and planning reliability standards or develop new standards; includes performing quantitative technical arguments supported by data and analysis, in collaboration with the Division of Engineering and Logistics.


  3. Monitor ERO/REs compliance monitoring of users, owners, and/or operators of the bulk power system with the operations and planning reliability standards; includes leading or participating in periodic and/or unscheduled reviews and audits of the ERO/REs, and users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system to determine the effectiveness of programs and compliance with operations and planning reliability standards.


  4. Monitor, in conjunction with OE, ERO/REs compliance enforcement of users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system with the operations and planning reliability standards; includes tracking and reviewing all alleged violations, mitigation plans, and Notices of Penalty.


  5. Conduct, with the Office of Enforcement (OE), operations and planning compliance audits of users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system, independent of, or in partnership with, the ERO/REs.


  6. Perform analysis of bulk power system events, notifications, requests, or complaints in partnership with OE, as appropriate, to assess adequacy of operations and planning reliability standards; includes compliance and/or alleged violations, identification of gaps, and opportunities to strengthen.


  7. Perform analysis of bulk power system events, or of other information, in collaboration with NERC/REs, to identify and inform users, owners, and operators of bulk power system vulnerabilities.


  8. Review appeals of ERO compliance registry decisions, with the Office of the General Counsel.


  9. Coordinate with the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS), Office of Energy Projects (OEP), Office of the General Counsel - General Administrative Law (GAL), applicable Federal agencies, the ERO/REs, stakeholders, and academia on current and emerging bulk power system reliability related issues.


  10. Outreach with applicable Federal agencies, the ERO/REs, stakeholders, academia, and vendors to explore, develop, and implement procedures and/or reliability standards to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system.


  11. Assess whether operations and planning reliability standards are adequate and whether new or modified operations and planning reliability standards are needed based on its oversight of standards development, implementation and compliance, and its assessment of bulk power system reliability performance and bulk power system trends.


  12. Support as necessary, the other divisions' activities and requirements.