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NERC posts proposed physical security standard for comment

From the April 15, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 15, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
The North American Electric Reliability Corp. has posted a draft standard to require utilities to address physical security risks and vulnerabilities related to the reliable operation of the bulk-power system, as directed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Comments on the proposed standard may be filed until 8 p.m. Eastern time on April 24.

Only a relatively small number of transmission owners and transmission operators will need to comply with the entire standard, which covers only those transmission stations and transmission substations (and associated control centers) that if rendered inoperable or damaged could result in widespread instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading within an Interconnection, NERC said. 

The proposed standard, background materials and links for submitting comments are available on NERC’s website.


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