North American Electric Reliability Corporation

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a non-profit entity that develops and enforces reliability standards to promote adequate and consistent bulk electrical power in North America. NERC... more +
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a non-profit entity that develops and enforces reliability standards to promote adequate and consistent bulk electrical power in North America. NERC enforces standards, monitors reliability, investigates disruptions and trains and certifies power industry personnel. less -
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Oregon Carbon Tax Study Released

Today the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office released a report on the economic and emissions impacts of a carbon tax in the state. The report was prepared by the Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC) at Portland State...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Defense - Department of Energy - Environmental Protection...more

FERC considers Physical Security Reliability Standard

Federal energy regulators are considering a new national standard for protecting the physical security of the U.S. electric grid. Given the importance of electric reliability and concern over terrorist attacks and sabotage,...more

FERC settles 3rd Southwest blackout case

A California public utility has settled claims by federal electricity regulators related to the September 8, 2011, blackout in the southwestern United States. Following an investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

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

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

FERC’s $3,250,000 Enforcement Action Against the Arizona Public Service Company Provides Guidance for an Effective Compliance...

FERC’s enforcement action with regard to the Arizona Public Service Company (“APS”) provides some instructive guidance for all regulated utilities as to what FERC’s Office of Enforcement deems to be an effective compliance...more

Arizona utility fined $3.25 million over 2011 blackout

On a hot summer afternoon in 2011, cascading power outages spread across the North American Southwest. Over 5 million people in Southern California -- including all of San Diego -- Arizona and Mexico were left without power...more

NERC Proposes New Physical Reliability Standard

Last Friday, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) submitted for approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in Docket No. RM14-15, a proposed new physical reliability standard. The...more

Cybersecurity, solar energy and the electric grid

A group of Russian hackers claims to have identified security gaps in widely-used solar panel monitoring software. The monitoring platform's developer is said to be fixing the gaps -- but can hackers damage the electric...more

NERC Posts Draft Physical Security Reliability Standard: CIP-014-1

On April 10, NERC posted for industry comment CIP-014-1, a draft Physical Security standard developed in response to FERC's March 7, 2014 order directing NERC to prepare a standard addressing physical security issues facing...more

FERC Proposes Development of Physical Security Standards for the Bulk-Power System

On March 7, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation ("NERC") to develop reliability standards requiring owners and operators of the Bulk-Power...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2014

In This Issue: - UK Shale Exploitation: Securing Subsurface Access Rights - Taking the Road Best Travelled? CFE seeks electric-gas "convergence" - Pemex Requests Mexico E&P Areas from SENER -...more

FERC directs standards requiring utility hardening against physical threat

In the wake of last year's sniper assault on a California electrical substation, federal regulators have initiated a process to require utilities to demonstrate that they have hardened their power plants, transmission lines,...more

FERC Directs NERC to Propose Mandatory Reliability Standards Regarding Physical Security Risks to the Bulk-Power System

On March 7, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order directing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to propose one or more Reliability Standards to require certain entities...more

Utilities and Regulators Contemplate The Potential Costs Of Enhanced Physical Security

The security of the electric grid, both cyber- and physical, recently has received much public attention due to publicity surrounding a sniper attack on a California substation (see our blog post on grid security here). But...more

FERC Issues Notice of Alleged Violations In Connection with 2011 Blackout

On January 22, 2014, the staff (Staff) of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC of the Commission) issued a Staff Notice of Alleged Violations (Preliminary Notice) relating to a September...more

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

RICE MACT Update

On October 19, 2013 all spark-ignition (natural gas or gasoline-fired) Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) units are required to be in compliance with the RICE MACT. By that date facilities with RICE units must...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 19, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Defense; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of Justice; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 12, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; International;...more

Energy Law Alert: FERC Directs NERC To Deregister South Louisiana Electric Cooperative As Distribution Provider And Load Serving...

On Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission resolved a two-year-old dispute concerning whether South Louisiana Electric Cooperative was appropriately listed on the NERC Compliance Registry and therefore subject to...more

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

REGULATORY: FERC: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Bulk Electric System Cyber Security Standards

On April 18, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NOPR”) stating that it intends to approve Version 5 of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (“CIP”)...more

Emerging Policy on NERC Compliance for Generator Interconnections

The ongoing struggle to determine how and when generator interconnection facilities should be subject to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) rules governing transmission owners and transmission...more

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