Cold weather standards, emerging risks, the summer reliability outlook and a review of 2021, reliability performance were topics of focus at NERC’s quarterly Board of Trustees meeting. The meeting was changed to an all-virtual format out of an abundance of caution to safeguard the health of participants after a member of the NERC team tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week. The places NERC feels they can most influence change fall across four areas of focus: (1) energy, (2) security, (3) agility and (4) sustainability. NERC believes their plan is responsive to input NERC has received from industry and leverages technology and continues to drive efficiency and effectiveness, while embedding risk-informed thinking into programs and processes.
Mark Olson, NERC’s manager of Reliability Assessments, provided findings for the 2022, Summer Reliability Assessment. The assessment focuses on the unprecedented conditions that are challenging grid resilience. These are above-normal temperatures and drought conditions over the western United States and Canada and the elevated or high risk of energy shortfalls. The assessment will be released the week of May 15, 2022, Olson said.
Standards Process Changes Being Considered
Additionally, NERC staff recommended the development of a special rule for the Board to direct standards development to address an urgent reliability, resilience or security issue. NERC plans to convene a stakeholder panel to provide feedback on these preliminary recommendations, which will inform the final recommendations presented to the Board at the December 2022, meeting.
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