The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the accreditation of the North American Electric Reliability Council's (NERC) reliability standards development process yesterday. The process guides the development of reliability standards for the wholesale electric industry in North America.

"We are very pleased to receive ANSI accreditation of our process for developing electric reliability standards," said Michehl R. Gent, president and CEO of NERC. "ANSI's accreditation adds credibility to our process and provides independent and impartial validation that the process is fair, open, balanced and inclusive," he added.

ANSI is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the United States' voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.

NERC filed its process with ANSI for accreditation in May 2002. After responding to public comments and to questions from ANSI's Subcommittee on Accreditation and Executive Standards Council, NERC's Board of Trustees approved several clarifications to NERC's Reliability Standards Process Manual to conform with ANSI requirements. ANSI approved the amended manual on March 24, 2003. To learn more about NERC's standards development process, go to