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FERC approves NERC proposal to refine bulk electric system definition


From the March 24, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 24, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a proposal by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) to revise the definition of the bulk electric system (BES) to focus on core facilities that are necessary for operating the interconnected transmission network. The March 20 order approved NERC’s proposal to refine the exclusions for radial facilities and local networks.

APPA strongly supported NERC’s proposal. In Jan. 17 joint comments, APPA and the Snohomish, Wash., Public Utility District said NERC’s revised definition "represents a major step forward in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Commission’s reliability regulation regime. Based upon the detailed technical justification developed by the industry acting through the Standards Drafting Team, the new definition identifies the core facilities that are necessary to assure reliable operation of the nation’s backbone interstate transmission system while excluding radials, local networks, and other facilities that are not necessary to reliable operation of the BES."

The March 20 order is posted on FERC's website.
 

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