Global Audit-Ready Standards Updates

Spring 2018

Cooper Compliance is excited to announce that Lisa Ellis has joined our team.  Lisa is certified as a NERC Certified System Operator (Reliability Coordinator).  Prior to joining the Cooper Compliance team, she worked at Peak Reliability as a RC in training. She was also employed for many years at the California Independent System Operator in both grid and market operations, including working as a generation dispatcher.   A fun fact about Lisa: Some of you may have heard her singing in the California Independent System Operator band called “Smooth Operators”. She is going to use all of her skills to provide you a smooth compliance program.

This Newsletter provides details for the following:

  • Cooper Compliance News
  • Revised NERC Standards, along with descriptions of changes
  • New Standards
  • Standards Made Inactive
  • Recently Added RSAWs
  • Standards Under Review: Balloting and Commenting

Cooper Compliance Customer News

In other news, Cooper Compliance continues to build compliance into out customer's organizations. We have enhanced our Global Audit-Ready suite to make your SharePoint experience soar. Your Cooper Compliance Project Manager will soon contact you to go over the improvements.

Recent enhancements to Cooper Compliance products include:

  • Improved Auditor module,
  • Enhanced Dashboard
  • Program optimization

New products available to Cooper Compliance customers include:

  • A SharePoint training module to replace Microsoft Office Mix.
    We recently rolled out our "Introduction to NERC" training module to prepare new personnel with a firm foundation in NERC practices.
  • Global Audit-Ready Event Analysis form
    Used to analyze each breaker operation, conduct root cause analysis, and determine corrective action plans with automated reminders to ensure timeliness.
  • Global Audit-Ready Administrator
    Used to maintain the database of Standards within the Global Audit-Ready products and implement changes to SharePoint lists and libraries when we roll out enhancements. We provide the csv file and either you or your Cooper Compliance Project Manager uploads with a click of a button.
  • Global Audit-Ready Audit-Package Creator
    We are thrilled to introduce our latest time-saving compliance application: Audit Package Creator. This app lets you generate RSAWs at the click of a button. Watch the video below.

 

This SharePoint application will revolutionize the way you go about creating audit packages, such as RSAW packages. When integrated as part of the Cooper Compliance Global Audit-Ready Application suite, this application lets you choose the desired standard, and then create a complete, professional audit package filing in under a minute.  The simplicity and efficiency of this app cannot be matched, saving you time and money.
 
Click here to watch the demo video on this new exciting product.

Revised NERC Standards

Cooper Compliance continues to build compliance into your organization and enhance our Global Audit-Ready suite to make your SharePoint experience soar. 

 

FAC-501-WECC-2

Applies to:
Transmission Owner TO in the WECC region with Major WECC Transfer Paths in the Bulk Electric System
Standard: Transmission Maintenance
Date: 7/1/2018
Notes: Replaces FAC-501-WECC-1 which became inactive 6/30/18.

  • Both old and new versions say that TOs must have a TMIP that includes items listed in an Attachment. The Attachment that defines TMIP content has been updated to contain more detail.
  • Requirements have been slightly re-arranged with previous R1.1 becoming a major R2 in new version, and previous R2 being integrated into R1 in new version.
  • R1.1 in previous version says TMIP should be annually reviewed and updated as required, whereas in new version, it has been changed to R2 and states that TMIP must be annually updated.
  • Previous R3 said that TOs shall implement and follow their TMIP, whereas new R3 simply says they shall adhere to their TMIP.

PRC-025-2

Applies to: 
Distribution Provider DP
Generator Owner GO
Transmission Owner TO
Standard:  Generator Relay Loadability
 Date:  7/1/2018
Notes:  Replaces PRC-025-1
The single requirement did not change—that GOs, TOs, and DPs apply settings in accordance with Attachment 1: Relay Settings. However, there were some changes in the attachment as follows:

  • In Attachment 1: Relay Settings, verbiage has been added that GOs may base relay settings on a capability that is higher than what is reported to the Transmission Planner, and clarifies seasonal capabilities.
  • Also, low voltage protection devices that do not have adjustable settings  are now excluded from requirements of this standard.
  • In the Relay Loadability Evaluation Criteria, several references to “Elements that connect the GSU Transformers to the Transmission system” have been changed to “Relays installed on the high-side of the GSU transformer” for such elements as above. A further discussion of these elements has been added under the Figure 1 heading.
  • In the Relay Loadability Evaluation Criteria, an option 5b along with accompanying figure has been added to further clarify Phase overcurrent relay. From Attachment 1: “For Option 5b, the overcurrent element shall be set to exceed the maximum capability of the asynchronous resource and applicable equipment (e.g., windings, power electronics, cables, or bus).”
  • A figure 4 has been added to clarify Elements utilized in the aggregation of dispersed power producing resources.

 
 

TOP-001-4

Applies to (variously, depending on requirement number):
Balancing Authority BA
Transmission Operator TOP
Generator Operator GOP
Distribution Provider DP
Standard:  Transmission Operations
Date:  7/1/2018

Notes: TOP-001-4 replaces TOP-001-3.

  • R10 has been clarified and expanded.
    R10 in previous standard:

R10. Each Transmission Operator shall perform the following as necessary for determining System Operating Limit (SOL) exceedances within its Transmission Operator Area: [Violation Risk Factor: High] [Time Horizon: Real-Time Operations]
10.1. Within its Transmission Operator Area, monitor Facilities and the status of Special Protection Systems, and
10.2. Outside its Transmission Operator Area, obtain and utilize status, voltages, and flow data for Facilities and the status of Special Protection Systems.
 
R10 in new standard: 
R10. Each Transmission Operator shall perform the following for determining System Operating Limit (SOL) exceedances within its Transmission Operator Area: [Violation Risk Factor: High] [Time Horizon: Real-Time Operations]
10.1. Monitor Facilities within its Transmission Operator Area;
10.2. Monitor the status of Remedial Action Schemes within its Transmission Operator Area;
10.3. Monitor non-BES facilities within its Transmission Operator Area identified as necessary by the Transmission Operator;
10.4. Obtain and utilize status, voltages, and flow data for Facilities outside its Transmission Operator Area identified as necessary by the Transmission Operator;
10.5. Obtain and utilize the status of Remedial Action Schemes outside its Transmission Operator Area identified as necessary by the Transmission Operator; and
10.6. Obtain and utilize status, voltages, and flow data for non-BES facilities outside its Transmission Operator Area identified as necessary by the Transmission Operator.

  • R20 clarifies that data exchanges must be real-time and must have backups and it also details the entities with whom the data exchange capability must exist.
  • The following 4 requirements were added in the new version:

R21. Each Transmission Operator shall test its primary Control Center data exchange capabilities specified in Requirement R20 for redundant functionality at least once every 90 calendar days. If the test is unsuccessful, the Transmission Operator shall initiate action within two hours to restore redundant functionality. [Violation Risk Factor: Medium ] [Time Horizon: Operations Planning] 
R22. Each Balancing Authority shall have data exchange capabilities with the entities it has identified it needs data from in order to develop its Operating Plan for next-day operations. [Violation Risk Factor: Medium] [Time Horizon: Operations Planning] 
R23. Each Balancing Authority shall have data exchange capabilities, with redundant and diversely routed data exchange infrastructure within the Balancing Authority's primary Control Center, for the exchange of Real-time data with its Reliability Coordinator, Transmission Operator, and the entities it has identified it needs data from in order for it to perform its Real-time monitoring and analysis functions. [Violation Risk Factor: High] [Time Horizon: Same-Day Operations, Real-time Operations] 
R24. Each Balancing Authority shall test its primary Control Center data exchange capabilities specified in Requirement R23 for redundant functionality at least once every 90 calendar days. If the test is unsuccessful, the Balancing Authority shall initiate action within two hours to restore redundant functionality. [Violation Risk Factor: Medium ] [Time Horizon: Operations Planning]

 

IRO-018-1(i)

Applies to: 
Reliability Coordinator RC

Standard:  Reliability Coordinator Real-time Reliability Monitoring and Analysis Capabilities
Date:  4/1/2018

Notes:  Replaces IRO-018-1.
R1 VRF for R1 changed from medium to high.
TOP-010-1(i)

Applies to: 
Balancing Authority BA
Transmission Operator TOP
Standard:  Real-time Reliability Monitoring and Analysis Capabilities
 Date:  4/1/2018
Notes:  Replaces TOP-010-1.
VRF for R1 and R2 changed from medium to high.
 

Standards Made Inactive

  • FAC-501-WECC-1
  • PRC-025-1
  • TOP-001-3
  • IRO-018-1
  • TOP-010-1


New Standards
None

Cooper Compliance - Keeping you Audit Ready

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Cooper Compliance has been providing NERC Compliance services since 2007.  The Global Audit-Ready Software suite by Cooper Compliance are SharePoint applications designed to provide automatic RSAW Development as well as controls to ensure accuracy when demonstrating compliance.

 

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