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On November 18, 2010, FERC issued Order 743 directing NERC to revise the definition of the Bulk Electric System so that the definition encompasses all Elements and Facilities necessary for the reliable operation and planning of the interconnected bulk power system and directed that a process for facility-by-facility review of Elements where needed be established. The revised definition, proposed modifications to the Rules of Procedure to provide a process for determining exceptions to the definition, and an application to support that process was presented to the NERC Board of Trustees for adoption, and then filed with regulatory authorities for approval.
 
The Commission through Orders 773 and 773-A approved NERC’s petitions, provided clarification in some areas and directed some modifications to the definition. On June 14, 2013, FERC issued an order granting extension of the revised definition of the BES (Orders 773 and 773-A) to July 1, 2014. The effective date of the exception process also is extended to July 1, 2014, encompassing Rule 509, Rule 1703 and Appendix 5C, as well as petitions to FERC for determinations of local distribution. The NERC standard drafting team continues to develop revisions to the definition in response to FERC directives contained in Orders 773 and 773-A. Per the FERC order granting extension, Registered Entities are to apply the definition of Bulk Electric System to their asset inventory beginning July 1, 2014 and utilize a 24 month implementation period to effect an orderly transition where all Elements and Facilities necessary for the reliable operation and planning of the interconnected bulk power system are included in the Bulk Electric System by July 1, 2016. The current ReliabilityFirst Regional definition of Bulk Electric System remains in effect until the NERC definition becomes effective July 1, 2014.
 
Questions regarding the interpretation of the BES definition should be sent to ReliabilityFirst staff Jim Uhrin at jim.uhrin@rfirst.org and Jeff Mitchell at jeff.mitchell@rfirst.org.  The interpretation request along with the ReliabilityFirst staff response will be publically posted once a response has been provided to the entity making the inquiry. Questions regarding the new NERC definition of the Bulk Electric System should be sent to ReliabilityFirst staff Anthony Jablonski at anthony.jablonski@rfirst.org. We are happy to meet with entities to discuss any issues with the new NERC definition and its applicability. Also, as the July 1, 2014 approaches, NERC and ReliabilityFirst will be providing additional materials regarding training and the implementation of the new NERC definition of the Bulk Electric System.
 

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Order Granting Extension of Time on BES.pdf
  
Order 773a - A Response to Request for Rehearing on Order 773.pdf
  
Order 773 - Revisions to the BES Definition and NERC RoP.pdf
  
NOPR BES.pdf
  
RFC BES Definition.pdf
  
FERC Order 743.pdf
  
FERC Order 743-A.pdf
  
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