NERC’s New Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards : Lessons from its Pilot Program

NERC’s New Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards : Lessons from its Pilot Program

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a quasi-governmental organization charged with protecting the reliability of the nation’s power grid, is about to implement a major overhaul of some of its reliability standards. Two authors who participated in a recent pilot program to test the … Read more…

Solar Is a Serious Threat to Electric Utilities

Solar Is a Serious Threat to Electric Utilities

Eighty percent of electric utilities believe distributed generation (DG), particularly solar photovoltaic (PV), is a serious challenge to their business, according to the 2015 Strategic Directions: US Electric Industry Report released by Black & Veatch. The global engineering consulting company conducted an industry-wide survey from May 14 through … Read more…

California Grid to Maintain Reliability Despite Drought

California Grid to Maintain Reliability Despite Drought

Despite a drought that has lowered hydroelectric generation in California, the bulk power system in the state is not expected to lose grid reliability this summer, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and reported by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Overall, NERC … Read more…

US Target Electric Reserve ‘Above Capacity’

US Target Electric Reserve ‘Above Capacity’

The US currently has 63 GW of capacity above and beyond the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) target reserve supply, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). In November 2012, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) estimated that the US would have … Read more…

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