Analysis from guest blogger and Verrill Dana associate Braden Clement.
On September 19, FERC issued a final rule approving modifications and clarifications to Reliability Standards (the “Standards”) proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”). NERC is responsible for developing and enforcing Standards throughout North America and is subject to oversight by FERC. In particular, FERC approved Standards FAC-001-1, FAC-003-3, PRC-004-2.1a, and PRC-005-1-1b. To access a copy of the final rule, click here.
Taken together, the approved modifications will enhance reliability in two ways: first, by expanding the reach of the Standards to certain generator owners and operators; and second, by adding clarity to existing obligations applicable to protective relay systems on generator interconnection facilities.
Specifically, FAC-001-1 extends the obligation to document, maintain, and publish facility connection requirements to any generator owner that enters into an agreement to evaluate the reliability impact of interconnecting a third-party facility to its existing facility.