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In April 2006, NERC applied for and was granted the designation of the ERO by FERC in July 2006. NERC also filed the first set of mandatory Reliability Standards with FERC, as well as filing the same information with the Canadian provincial authorities in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and with the National Energy Board of Canada.

FERC approved 83 NERC Reliability Standards in March 2007, making them the first set of legally enforceable standards for the U.S. bulk power system effective on June 2007. Although significant disturbances continued to occasionally occur, the formation of an ERO undoubtedly played a significant role in minimizing the impact and frequency of these events.

About NERC[edit]

The ERO’s key programs, which impact more than 1,600 bulk power system owners and operators, are based on four pillars of continued success:

  • Reliability – to address events and identifiable risks, thereby improving the reliability of the bulk power system.
  • Assurance – to provide assurance to the public, industry, and government for the reliable performance of the bulk power system.
  • Learning – to promote learning and continuous improvement of operations and adapt to lessons learned for improved bulk power system reliability.
  • Risk-based Approach – to focus attention, resources, and actions on issues most important to bulk power system reliability.

NERC Reliability Standards[edit]

NERC Reliability Standards are developed using an industry-driven, American National Standards Institute-accredited process that ensures the process is open to all persons who are directly and materially affected by the reliability of the North American bulk power system; transparent to the public; demonstrates the consensus for each standard; fairly balances the interests of all stakeholders; provides for reasonable notice and opportunity for comment; and enables the development of standards in a timely manner. NERC’s ANSI-accredited standards development process is defined in the Standard Processes Manual and guided by reliability and market interface principles.

NERC Reliability Standards define the reliability requirements for planning and operating the North American bulk power system and are developed using a results-based approach that focuses on performance, risk management, and entity capabilities. The Reliability Functional Model defines the functions that need to be performed to ensure the bulk power system operates reliably and is the foundation upon which the mandatory Reliability Standards are based.

The Standards Committee oversees and prioritizes NERC’s standards development activities. The Standards Committee also coordinates NERC’s development of Reliability Standards with the North American Energy Standards Board’s (NAESB) wholesale electric business practices. Standards drafting teams, which are made up of industry volunteers and supported by NERC staff, work collaboratively to develop requirements using results-based principles that focus on three areas: measurable performance, risk mitigation strategies and entity capabilities. NERC’s standards are mandatory and enforceable throughout the United States and several provinces in Canada. Entities in the United States found to be in violation of a standard can be subject to fines of up to $1 million per day per violation.