The North American Electric Reliability Council has posted Draft 2 of the Version 0 Reliability Standards and Cyber Security Standard 1300 for public comment.

Draft 2 of the Version 0 Reliability Standards is posted for public comment through Oct. 15. The drafting team received 83 sets of comments from the Draft 1 posting and gave those comments careful consideration in preparing the second draft. Some of the major changes in the second draft are:

  • All reliability coordinator requirements were reassigned back to the reliability coordinator. Draft 1 had assigned these requirements to the reliability authority. However, a number of commenters identified potential conflicts with this approach: a) not all reliability coordinators today are equivalent to the functional model definition of a reliability authority and b) some control areas today are required by law or contracts to act as the reliability authority for their franchise area. The drafting team is seeking comment in Draft 2 on the approach of leaving the reliability coordinator in, as well as the other applicable reliability functions, such as reliability authority, transmission operator, balancing authority, etc.
  • Six existing planning standards were dropped from Draft 2. These standards were mainly related to equipment, devices, and their testing. Comments indicated that these standards were potentially flawed and some had not been field-tested. The drafting team is seeking comment on the impact of deferring these standards until Version 1 or initiating an urgent action separate from Version 0.
  • A number of comments were submitted suggesting that ATC, CBM, and TRM standards should be business practices. The drafting team left these standards in Version 0 and requested comment on the proposal that they become business practices.

Adopting the Version 0 reliability standards is an important step toward completing the recommendations of the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force and NERC's own recommendations stemming from the Aug. 14 blackout. An immediate benefit of the Version 0 standards will be increased clarity in accountability for following the standards. The Version 0 standards will also provide a foundation for continued development of reliability standards using NERC's ANSI-accredited standards development process.

Cyber Security Standard 1300

The Cyber Security Standard Drafting Team has posted its first draft of Cyber Security Standard 1300 for public review and comment. All comments are due by close of business Nov. 1. Along with the standard, the drafting team posted a set of frequently asked questions. The FAQ provide examples that help to clarify the requirements identified in the proposed standard.

The permanent Cyber Security Standard 1300 will replace the Urgent Action 1200 Cyber Security Standard, which was renewed this summer with support from 96.4% of the ballot body, until Aug. 13, 2005.

The proposed cyber standard requires that critical cyber assets related to the reliable operation of the bulk electric systems are identified and protected. It builds on the concepts and requirements found in the Cyber Security Standard 1200 by expanding the scope to include process control and SCADA assets critical to grid reliability, and providing additional detail to clarify technical requirements and compliance measures.

The drafting team intends to address industry comments submitted in response to the public posting in a timely fashion and prepare a second draft for posting early in 2005. It is expected that final ballot will be conducted in sufficient time to allow implementation of 1300 prior to the expiry of the existing Urgent Action standard on Aug. 13, 2005