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News Release: September 30, 2014
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FERC, NERC Initiate Review of Electric Industry Recovery and Restoration Plans

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), working with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Regional Entities, has initiated a joint staff review to assess and verify the electric utility industry’s bulk power system recovery and restoration planning, and to test the efficacy of the relevant Reliability Standards in achieving and maintaining reliability. Staff selected a sample of registered entities with bulk power system significance to participate in the voluntary review.

Effective system recovery and restoration plans are essential to a quick and orderly recovery from reliability events caused by weather, bulk power system disturbances or possible cyber/physical attacks. The objective of the review is to support registered entities in ensuring reliable restoration of the bulk power system following a reliability event. The review is not a compliance and enforcement initiative.

To accomplish that objective, the joint review will:

  • Gather information from the representative sample selected entities
  • Understand the overall state of restoration plans by comparing their content, scope and interrelationships
  • Assess the clarity and effectiveness of Reliability Standards addressing requirements for restoration and recovery plans
  • Identify good industry practices or make recommendations for effective restoration and recovery plans

The joint review also will examine the participating entities’ reports or recommendations from past major events to understand the effectiveness of their recovery and restoration plans following actual implementation.

A copy of the letter requesting participation by the selected registered entities can be found here.



Updated: September 30, 2014