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  1. NERC and Regional Efforts to Ensure Reliability Dave Nevius, NERC Sr. VP David Cook, NERC VP & General Counsel Louise McCarren, WECC CEO Don Benjamin, NERC VP Operations

  2. NERC Background • Formed in 1968 • Ensure reliable bulk power system • 10 Regional Reliability Council Members • Represent all industry sectors • U.S. – Canada – Mexico • Independent Board • Technical Committees and Staff

  3. Interconnections & Regions

  4. 140 Control Areas

  5. 18 Reliability Coordinators

  6. NERC Reliability Activities • Standards • Assessments • Compliance Programs • Operator Training and Certification • Tools and Systems for Reliable Operations • Critical Infrastructure Protection

  7. Reliability Standards • Existing Policies and Standards • Standards not enforceable • New Standards Development Process • Transition to New Standards • Coordination with NAESB and ISOs/RTOs • Functional Model – Foundation of New Reliability Standards

  8. Reliability Assessments • Long Term (10 years) • Short Term (Summer/Winter) • Review of disturbances • Gas-Electric Interdependency Study • Electricity Supply and Demand • Generator Availability

  9. Compliance Programs • Annual Compliance Reviews - Public • Control Area Certification • Audits • Regional Compliance Programs • WECC Reliability Management System • NPCC Reliability Compliance and Enforcement Program

  10. Training & Certification • System Operator Certification Program • Continuing Education Program

  11. Tools & Systems • Interregional Security Network • Reliability Coordinator Information System • System Data Exchange • Electronic Transaction Tagging • Interchange Distribution Calculator • Transmission Services Information Network (OASIS)

  12. Critical Infrastructure Protection • Standards & Guidelines • Vulnerability Assessments • Electricity Sector Coordinator • Information Sharing & Analysis Center • Spare Equipment Database

  13. Mandatory Reliability Standards • Need recognized in 1996 • Supported by industry and government • Legislation introduced in 1999 • History of violations • “Plan B” efforts not successful • Consensus reliability legislation included in energy bill

  14. NERC Blackout Response • October 15 “near-term actions” letter to CEOs • Self-certifications due December 15 • Board directed NERC to audit FirstEnergy, MISO, and PJM • Follow with audits of other CAs and RCs • NERC Steering Group to recommend further NERC actions

  15. Near-Term Industry Actions • Voltage support/reactive supply • Reliability communications • Computer failure response & notifications • Emergency action plans & capabilities • Operator training for emergencies • Vegetation management