Complying with the New BES Bright Line Definition

June 5, 2014

12:30 – 2 p.m. Eastern

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Webinar Description
NERC has developed a “bright line” definition to identify BES elements that will become effective beginning July 1, 2014. The definition contains three major parts: a core definition, a set of inclusions clarifying what is in the core definition, and a set of exclusions to the core definition.

Accompanying the definition is an Exception Process for entities to seek exceptions to the classification under the bright line definition and a Notification process for entities to alert their Regional Entity concerning self-determined BES element classifications resulting from the application of the BES definition. NERC has also developed a web-based computer application, BESNet, to assist registered entities, Regional Entities and NERC in processing self-determination Notifications and Exception Requests. There are numerous issues that entities should consider and potential pitfalls to avoid, including misapplication of the BES definition, Exception Request insufficiency, and compliance timelines for newly classified BES elements.

This webinar is intended to provide guidance to public power entities concerning the application of the bright line definition, a roadmap to the exception process, what is required by way of notification, use of the BESNet applications and the steps to take to ensure compliance.


  • Peter Heidrich, Manager of Reliability Standards Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Inc. and former chairman of the NERC BES Definition Standard Drafting Team
  • Kenneth Lotterhos, Managing Director, Navigant Consulting Inc.; member of the Bulk Electric System Exception Process  Working Group; former member of the NERC BES Exception Process Drafting Team; and observer on the NERC BES Definition Standard Drafting Team

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CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge & Applications

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