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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, a driving force behind the Obama administration’s efforts to green the electric grid, is resigning.
Wellinghoff told Greenwire Wednesday he’ll stay in his post until President Obama taps a replacement and secures Senate confirmation.
The BiPartisan Policy Center released a report today called Capitalizing on the Evolving Power Sector: Polices for a Modern and Reliable U.S. Electric Grid. I am proud to have served as a Co-Chair of the Advisory Group that put the report’s recommendations together, along with Curt Hébert, the former Chairman of FERC for George W. Bush and former Congressman Rick Boucher from Virginia.
Quoted today in the Washington Post, James J. Hoecker, FERC chairman during the Clinton administration, said $107 billion would not be enough to modernize America’s aging and faltering grid. That $107 billion is the figure cited by the American Society of Civil Engineers recently as the amount that should be spent by 2020.
Adoption of the standards is intended to improve the methods and procedures used to accurately measure demand response and energy efficiency performance, according to FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The standards also should help organized wholesale power markets to properly credit demand response and energy efficiency resources for their services.
You might only read about smart meters when media reports cover people pushing back on them, but smart meters are steadily being installed across the U.S. While back in 2009, about 6.5 percent of the meters in use in the U.S. were smart meters, that penetration rate has jumped to between 13 percent and 18 percent, according to a recent report from FERC, referencing data from the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE) and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).