Spring has most certainly sprung in Northern California. Everything is (temporarily) greening up, as we turn the corner towards the long summer.
It has been a very busy month for us here at GridSME and, apparently, throughout our little universe of reliability regulations. Physical security of critical facilities continues to make headlines with new regulatory developments and another front page article of the Wall Street Journal—this one prompting a backlash from FERC, NERC, and many industry trade groups. On March 7, FERC directed NERC to develop a standard and submit it back to FERC within 90 days to protect critical facilities, such as large substations, from physical attacks.
FERC also issued a denial of rehearing and partial granting of rehearing on the CIP approval order, approved Phase II of the BES definition, approved five new standards, and proposed to approve two more.
Finally, we have a special guest column on the new FAC-003-3—Transmission Vegetation Management Reliability Standard that will become effective July 1, 2014. Our friend Robert Novembri was nice enough to lend his expertise on vegetation management to our newsletter.