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FERC, NERC and Business Blackout: New CIP Standards and Fictional Cyber Attacks

Posted in FERC, NERC, Rulemakings
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) July 16, 2015, proposing to approve various Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standards proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and further proposed to direct NERC to develop a new CIP reliability standard to protect the bulk electric system (BES)… Continue Reading

Oregon Carbon Tax Study Released

Posted in Climate Change, NERC, Northwest
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 University.  The NERC study was funded by a $200,000 appropriation approved during the 2013 session under SB 306. The NERC… Continue Reading

FERC Proposes to Revise Definition of “Bulk Electric System” for Determining Who Must Comply with Federal Reliability Standards

Posted in Federal, FERC, NERC
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to revise the definition of “Bulk Electric System” (BES). This definition is important because it determines which transmission system elements are subject to mandatory electric reliability standards designed to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the electric grid. Owning or operating a facility… Continue Reading

FERC Asks: When Does a Generation Developer Become a Transmission Provider?

Posted in Federal, FERC, NERC
Margaret Claybour of our DC Office provides the following report. Generation developers on the West Coast should take special note as the FERC orders described in this blog all involve facilities out West. When an unwary generation developer builds a tie-line to the nearest transmission line, it might assume that the use of that line can… Continue Reading