Winter is winding down, and from where I sit, I hope it goes out like a lion because it sure has been lamb-like thus far. Another year of meager snowpack and sunny days (the sunny days aren’t too bad really). While I know that the East Coast and Midwest have been having quite a harsh winter, many of us out here would gladly exchange our drought for some of the snow.
Further east, FERC and NERC must be anticipating the spring thaw. More issues have trickled out of Washington and Atlanta in the last few weeks than over the previous couple of months. The increasing presence of FERC and NERC regarding EPA’s Clean Power Plan, NERC’s ongoing Reliability Assurance Initiative implementation, and the filing of the CIP Version 5 revision highlight the past month’s activity.
FERC Approves NERC’s Reliability Assurance Initiative for Risk-Based Compliance and Enforcement
On February 19, 2015, FERC approved NERC’s “risk-based approach for compliance monitoring and enforcement” that is part of NERC’s larger ongoing Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI). FERC stated that they believe NERC’s desire to focus their, and the utilities’, resources on issues that pose a higher risk to BES reliability is “reasonable.”