SERC has been actively engaged in identifying and working to mitigate challenges associated with ineffective Facility Ratings programs. These efforts have been advanced through SERC’s outreach, education, technical committee, monitoring, enforcement, and mitigation activities. In addition to these efforts, in early 2019, NERC and the Regions partnered with the North American Transmission Forum (NATF) to help industry improve the accuracy of Facility Ratings across North America. In connection with this effort, NATF worked with its industry membership to develop an effective maturity model to guide establishing a sustainable and continuously improving Facility Rating program. Based on data and information compiled over the years of performing these activities and working directly with registered entities across its footprint, SERC has identified common themes that have contributed to Facility Ratings program challenges and mitigation strategies to address these challenges. (Source: SERC Facility Ratings Themes and Lessons Learned Report)
SERC determined that while the identified Facility Ratings program challenges in SERC’s footprint can be attributed to multiple causal factors, issues have primarily been associated with the following broader themes:
• Lack of awareness
• Inadequate asset and data management
• Inadequate change management
Since 2017, through compliance monitoring and enforcement activities, SERC and registered entities identified discrepancies between documented Facility Ratings and actual field conditions. These violations account for 86 percent of all FAC-008 violations in SERC’s footprint. The violations that make up the 86 percent consist of hundreds of individual instances, the majority of which involved inaccurate Facility Ratings that were associated with one of the three themes identified in this report. In some situations, more than one of these themes may have contributed to a program’s inaccurate Facility Ratings.
Data and information gathered through SERC’s various voluntary outreach and training activities, as well as other collaborative efforts with registered entities across its footprint, further confirmed that lack of awareness, asset management, and change management issues are perceived as the most common challenges to implementing an effective Facility Ratings program.
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