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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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October
    FERC approves the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) proposed supply chain risk management Reliability Standards CIP-013-1 (Cyber Security – Supply Chain Risk Management), CIP-005-6 (Cyber Security – Electronic Security Perimeter(s)) and CIP-010-3 (Cyber Security – Configuration Change Management and Vulnerability Assessments). In addition, the draft Final Rule directs NERC to develop and submit modifications to the NERC Reliability Standards to include Electronic Access Control and Monitoring Systems (EACMS) within the scope of the supply chain risk management Reliability Standards. Order No. 850 PDF

    FERC approves the 2019 business plans and budgets of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the Regional Entities, and the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body, and authorizes issuance of billing invoices to fund the fiscal year 2019 operations. FERC also grants NERC’s request to allocate certain penalty moneys to NERC’s assessment stabilization reserve, and to use certain existing funds from the assessment stabilization reserve to reduce 2019 assessments. Order PDF


July
    The Order directs NERC to develop and submit modifications to the NERC Reliability Standards to improve mandatory reporting of Cyber Security Incidents, including incidents that might facilitate subsequent efforts to harm the reliable operation of the bulk electric system. Order No. 848 PDF

May
    The Order addresses a request for clarification or, in the alternative, rehearing of Order No. 833, which amends the Commission’s regulations to implement provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act pertaining to the designation, protection, and sharing of Critical Energy/Electric Infrastructure Information. Order No. 833-A PDF

    This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to approve Reliability Standard TPL-007-2 (Transmission System Planned Performance for Geomagnetic Disturbance Events) submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in response to a Commission directive in Order No. 830. Staff Presentation PDF NOPR PDF

April
    The Final Rule proposes to approve Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard CIP-003-7 (Cyber Security – Security Management Controls), addressing the Commission’s directives from Order No. 822 and to direct NERC to develop modifications to: (1) provide clear, objective criteria for electronic access controls for low impact BES Cyber Systems; and (2) address the need to mitigate the risk of malicious code that could result from third-party transient electronic devices. Order No. 843 PDF

February
    FERC requires each regional transmission organization and independent system operator to revise its tariff to establish a participation model consisting of market rules that facilitates their participation in the organized wholesale electric markets.

    The final rule is intended to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources in the capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators and thereby increase competition and ensure just and reasonable rates. Order No. 841 PDF (Errata Notice) PDF
October 6, 2017 - FERC Staff Report Identifies Lessons Learned From CIP Reliability Audits News Release | Report PDF

June 9, 2017 - FERC, NERC Staff Report on Grid Restoration and Recovery Plans Absent SCADA or EMS Report 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:
October 18, 2018 - Technical Conference regarding Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Notice PDF | Event Details

October 18, 2018 - Technical Conference regarding Winter 2018-2019 Operations and Market Performance in RTOs and ISOs Notice PDF | Event Details

July 31, 2018 - Technical Conference regarding the Reliability of the Bulk-Power System Notice PDF | Event Details

April 10–11, 2018 - Distributed Energy Resources - Technical Considerations for the Bulk Power System Notice PDF | Report PDF | Event Details

June 22, 2017 - Technical Conference regarding the Reliability of the Bulk-Power System Notice PDF | Event Details

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
October 11, 2018 - David Ortiz testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee to Examine Blackstart Testimony PDF | 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