NERC Compliance

Combining Infrastructure Resiliency Programs

Earlier this week I attended a conference call with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Energy Water Nexus Council.  During the event, I inquired about recent efforts to combine the resiliency building programs for the nation's aging electrical and water infrastructure.  The question was well received, and will more likely than not, be an ongoing [...]

Clean Air Act: Save the Energy or the Environment

Since the initial legislation of Clean Air Act in 1970, environmental damage and societal health risks have significantly decreased. Toxicity of power plant emission has been cut. Modern emission control technologies have been implemented. In 2016, updated mercury and air toxin standards within recently released rules for the Clean Air Act will go into effec [...]

CIP Transition Guidance

How is NERC providing flexibility with the transition from CIP Version 3 to CIP Version 4, while CIP Version 5 is pending at the Federal Regulatory Commission?While the effective date for CIP Version 4 compliance is April 1, 2014, the new Cyber Transition Guidance will provide guidance and clarification of which assets will be the primary focus of NERC a [...]

Are You Ready for a Cyber Attack?

Last week, a simulated physical and cyber security attack on the nation’s power grid hypothetically left millions of Americans in the dark and even resulted in fatalities for first responders and innocent citizens. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) rolled out the hypothetical attack called “GridEx II”, which engaged thousands o [...]

Too Hot for Power? Is America’s Power Grid ready for the heat and humidity? What are the Reliability Issues and Potential Risks of the Drought and Stressed Conditions?

Will the stressed conditions in Southern California and the unrelenting drought conditions give rise to operating challenges?  In 2012, record heat and drought conditions across the United States plagued power plants that require cool water to produce electricity.  From Connecticut to California, high water temperatures and diminished access to water cause [...]