27. January 2016 · Comments Off on Big mistake: FERC cybersecurity ruling omits secure communications  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released a long-awaited ruling on cybersecurity regulations for the U.S. electric grid — with one stark omission. In its ruling, FERC determined, “With regard to argument that the Commission should do more to promote grid security by mandating secure communications between all facilities of the bulk electric system, such as substations, the record in the immediate proceeding does not support such a broad requirement at this time. However, if in the future it becomes evident that such action is warranted, the Commission may revisit this issue.”

Source: Big mistake: FERC cybersecurity ruling omits secure communications – SmartGridNews

26. June 2015 · Comments Off on FERC wants changes to grid reliability standards · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed updates to electric reliability strategy standards to strengthen coordination “to plan and reliably operate the bulk electric system under normal and abnormal conditions,” FERC said in a statement.

Source: FERC wants changes to grid reliability standards – SmartGridNews

04. June 2014 · Comments Off on NERC files physical security reliability standard · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has filed the proposed CIP-014-1 — Physical Security Reliability Standard with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as part of a FERC directive to work with stakeholders to develop and file a standard that addressed physical security threats and vulnerabilities to the bulk power system.

“The industry has long been engaged in physical security efforts, and FERC’s order outlined an approach that provides for comprehensive integration between existing and new efforts,” said Gerry Cauley, NERC president and chief executive officer. “This approach enhances physical security measures for the most critical facilities and lessens the overall vulnerability of the bulk power system.”

via NERC files physical security reliability standard – FierceSmartGrid.

19. December 2013 · Comments Off on FERC Order 792 opening door to more grid-tied renewables · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has passed Order 792, Small Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures, amending Order 2006, which established terms and conditions for public utilities to provide just and reasonable interconnection service for small generators.

via FERC Order 792 opening door to more grid-tied renewables – FierceEnergy.

09. July 2013 · Comments Off on Demand Response: Why The Future is in the Cloud (Utility Horizons) · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For decades, utilities have had to operate under a model of excess: generating more power and building more capacity than necessary to create a buffer against worst case scenarios. In 2006, for example, PG&E deployed 2.2GW, or ten percent, of its total capacity for only 51 hours during the year. FERC estimates that demand response services could provide up to 188 gigawatts , or 20 percent, of peak load demand.

via Demand Response: Why The Future is in the Cloud (Utility Horizons) | AutoGrid.