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Proposed FERC Regulations Would Grant FERC Access to NERC Non-Public Transmission and Generation System Databases

FERC proposes to grant itself access to NERC’s Transmission Availability Data System, Generating Availability Data System, and Protection System Misoperations Database. On September 17, the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

9/22/2015 - Bulk Electric System Comment Period Confidential Information Energy Sector FERC NERC NPRM Power Outages Power Plants Proposed Regulation Reliability Standards Transmission Grid

Federal Agencies Cannot Be Fined for Reliability Standard Violations

The D.C. Circuit concluded that sovereign immunity prevents FERC and NERC from imposing monetary penalties on federal agencies that violate Reliability Standards....more

9/3/2014 - Electricity Federal Power Act FERC Government Entities NERC Reliability Standards Sovereign Immunity

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 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

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

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