J. Daniel Skees

J. Daniel Skees

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FERC Proposes to Approve NERC Physical Security Standard

In proposing to approve NERC’s new Physical Security Reliability Standard, FERC also seeks the ability to identify facilities that must be protected....more

7/22/2014 - Electricity FERC NERC Qualified Energy Facilities Security Transmission Grid Transmission Lines

FERC Grants Rehearing on State Law Issues in Order No. 1000 Filings

In a trio of orders, FERC softened its approach to considering the effects of state law rights of first refusal in Order No. 1000 regional transmission planning, suggesting a move toward deference to state legal limitations...more

5/22/2014 - Energy Policy FERC Investor-Owned Utilities MISO PJM Right of FIrst Refusal State and Local Government Transmission Planning Utilities Sector

FERC Directs Reliability Standards for Physical Security

New Reliability Standards will require physical protections for critical electric system facilities, including substations and control centers. Following well-publicized threats to the physical security of electric...more

3/12/2014

FERC Approves Version 5 CIP Reliability Standards, Rejects Key Reforms

The Commission rejects NERC’s proposal to reform the existing “zero tolerance” to CIP compliance, describing the proposal as too ambiguous and unworkable. On November 22, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC...more

12/3/2013 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors Energy FERC NERC

NERC Fines Generator for Violations Related to Lead Line Operations

Filing reminds generators with significant high-voltage tie lines that they can be subject to Reliability Standards typically applied to transmission owners and transmission operators. ...more

7/8/2013 - Electricity Energy Fines NERC Penalties Policy Violations Power Plants Regulatory Standards Settlement Transmission Lines

FERC Proposes to Approve Overhaul of NERC Cybersecurity Standards

Major revisions to the existing cybersecurity requirements for electric utilities will focus on greater protections for the most critical assets but will also ensure that all assets receive some level of protection....more

4/23/2013 - CISPA Cybersecurity Electricity FERC NERC NIST NOPR Power Grid

President Obama Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

Order will create a voluntary Cybersecurity Framework for designated critical infrastructure within a year. On February 12, President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security...more

2/15/2013 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework DHS DOE Executive Orders Information Sharing Infrastructure NIST Nuclear Power Presidential Directives Voluntary Standards

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