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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 -

Authorities Investigating Cyber Intrusion of Numerous U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

It’s scary to think about, but anything that is online is hackable. Including critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants. It has been reported that U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion that has hit...more

North American electric reliability - summer 2017

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The North American bulk power system is expected to have sufficient resources to meet summer electricity demand for 2017, according to the U.S. electric reliability organization NERC. The North American Electric...more

NERC Issues Recommendations on Inverter-related Solar Outages

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Inverter disconnect events increasingly pose a reliability risk with the growth of solar generation. On June 8, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released its report on the loss of 1,200 MW of solar...more

FERC's approach to EMP and GMD threats

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Federal energy regulators have used both regulatory and more informal collaborative approaches to address the threat to the electric grid posed by electromagnetic pulses and geomagnetic disturbances, according to testimony...more

Total eclipses, solar PV and the grid

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Utilities and electric grid coordinators are preparing for a total solar eclipse that is projected to temporarily reduce solar photovoltaic generation across parts of North America this summer. The 2017 total solar...more

The Trump Energy Agenda - The Early Days of President Trump and Secretary of Energy - Designee Rick Perry

What has happened since President Trump was inaugurated? - In one of his first executive actions, President Trump has placed a freeze on new government hires (excepting the military). Based on information from Trump...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for January 19, 2017

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Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s January 19, 2017 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on January 12, 2017. Agenda items E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6, C-1, and C-2 have...more

DOE Issues Proposed Grid Security Emergency Order Procedures in Accordance with FAST Act

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On December 7, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed procedures that would govern emergency orders issued by the Secretary of DOE, following the president’s declaration of a Grid Security Emergency. These...more

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year in Preview: Energy and Security

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a continuing end-of-year series. See our previous posts on trade secrets, state regulation and law enforcement, HIPAA compliance, and emerging threats. Our last post will focus on...more

"Skadden Energy Law Handbook: Fourth Edition (November 2016)"

Skadden’s Energy Regulation and Litigation Group is pleased to provide the fourth edition of the Skadden Energy Law Handbook, which includes a summary of recent developments. The handbook contains 16 chapters covering a broad...more

NERC Increasing Penalties for Fundamentally Failing to Comply with Cyber Standards

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For the second time in less than a year, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has imposed a six-figure penalty on a participant in the electric market for fundamentally failing to comply with the NERC...more

EIB Energy Highlights: FERC on Cybersecurity, Clean Power Plan Hearing Agenda, NatGas & Oil Exports Rise & More

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Natural Gas - Natural Gas Outlook: U.S. On Track to be Net Exporter Q2 2017: Natural gas production and consumption are expected to rise this year due to increases in natural gas prices and LNG exports, as well as...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Have Cyber Protection Obligations Even After Closing

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As Yogi Berra used to say: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Coal plant operators shutting down their plants should remember this phrase. Even after they throw the breakers, go off the grid, are no longer contributing to the...more

FERC Takes Action on Cybersecurity in Response to Ukrainian Cyber Attacks

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) and Final Rule at the end of July to address several urgent cybersecurity issues affecting the bulk electric system. FERC is taking these...more

Passing of Senate’s Energy Bill Signals a Renewed Focus on Cybersecurity of Power Grid

As we previously reported, the Senate recently passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act (Act), which promotes renewable energy, improves the energy efficiency of buildings and directs investments towards the research and...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - March 2016

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Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s March 17, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on March 10, 2016. Agenda items E-5, E-13, E-14, E-16 and C-2 have not been...more

In First Step to Address Essential Reliability Services, FERC Launches Inquiry Into Provision and Compensation of Primary...

At its February Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced a new inquiry into the provision and compensation of primary frequency response, an “essential reliability service” that is needed to...more

FERC Issues NOI on Whether All Generation Resources Should be Required to Provide Frequency Response Service

On Feb. 18, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on possible rule changes addressing the provision of primary frequency response service and compensation for those providing...more

Waterbury hydro need and economics

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A recent order issuing a new hydropower license to Green Mountain Power Corporation's Waterbury Hydroelectric Project sheds insight into the project's operations and economics. The Waterbury project is located at a dam...more

NERC suggests Clean Power Plan reliability considerations

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The electric reliability organization for North America has issued an assessment of reliability considerations it thinks state electricity and environmental regulators should take into account in crafting state plans to...more

FERC Accepts Revisions to Cybersecurity Reliability Standards, Orders Further Revisions

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued Order No. 822, approving revisions to certain Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards developed (and primarily...more

FERC Applies "Seven Factor Test" to Exclude Local Distribution Facilities from NERC's Purview - Nearly 2,500 Miles of Southern...

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On December 31, 2015, FERC issued an order addressing the merits of an application filed on April 16, 2015 by Southern California Edison (SCE) to establish that certain of its 115 kV facilities are classified and used in...more

FERC, Congress Take Aim at Cybersecurity Risks in the Electric Utility Sector

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In light of the potentially devastating economic losses that could result from a cybersecurity attack causing widespread power outages as well as continued concerns about the vulnerability of the nation's electric utility...more

FERC NOPR Seeks Access to Additional Electric Reliability Data

At its September 17, 2015 Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission” or FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) that would require the North American Electric Reliability Corporation...more

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

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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

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