News Archive - ReliabilityFirst https://www.rfirst.org/news/ Tue, 20 Feb 2024 03:13:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.4.3 /wp-content/uploads/2023/05/cropped-Reliability-First-Logo-2023-2-125x125.png News Archive - ReliabilityFirst https://www.rfirst.org/news/ 32 32 NERC statement on impending arctic cold across the United States https://www.rfirst.org/news/nerc-statement-on-impending-arctic-cold-across-the-united-states/ Thu, 11 Jan 2024 13:27:27 +0000 https://www.rfirst.org/?post_type=news&p=9037 NERC statement on impending arctic cold across the United States ReliabilityFirst is urging registered entities and industry stakeholders to pay close attention to the recent statement released by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on the arctic cold... Read more »

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NERC statement on impending arctic cold across the United States

ReliabilityFirst is urging registered entities and industry stakeholders to pay close attention to the recent statement released by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on the arctic cold weather system expected to impact much of North America this week. This extreme weather pattern of arctic cold and heavy rain has the potential to create significant challenges, especially in major metropolitan areas. 

Please share this statement within your organization as you see fit for ongoing situational awareness. For questions on this release, contact ReliabilityFirst’s Operational Analysis & Awareness team at disturbance@rfirst.org or use the form on our Contact Us page and direct the message to the Operational Analysis & Awareness team.

Read NERC’s full statement.

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ReliabilityFirst publishes Winter Reliability Assessment and Long-Term Reliability Assessment results https://www.rfirst.org/news/reliabilityfirst-publishes-winter-reliability-assessment-and-long-term-reliability-assessment-results/ Wed, 20 Dec 2023 20:32:44 +0000 https://rfirstwpprod-stage01.azurewebsites.net/?post_type=news&p=7976 ReliabilityFirst publishes Winter Reliability Assessment and Long-Term Reliability Assessment results ReliabilityFirst published its 2023-2024 Winter Reliability Resource Risk Assessment and its 2023 Long-Term Reliability Assessment results Wednesday. Winter Reliability Resource... Read more »

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ReliabilityFirst publishes Winter Reliability Assessment and Long-Term Reliability Assessment results

ReliabilityFirst published its 2023-2024 Winter Reliability Resource Risk Assessment and its 2023 Long-Term Reliability Assessment results Wednesday.

Winter Reliability Resource Risk Assessment

RF annually performs a seasonal winter reliability assessment to ensure that its footprint has adequate resources to serve anticipated demand. This assessment is comprised of two distinct types of analysis for each assessment area, PJM and MISO. Click here to read about the results of this assessment.

Long-Term Reliability Assessment

RF performs an annual assessment to ensure that its footprint has adequate resources to serve anticipated load demand for the next 10-year period. Each assessment area within RF (i.e., PJM and MISO) has a targeted reserve margin level, which identifies the minimum number of resources needed to meet a loss of load expectation (LOLE) of one day in 10 years. The results of this assessment express each area’s ability to meet the targeted reserve margin level. RF developed this assessment collaboratively with data provided from both PJM and MISO. Click here to read about the results from this assessment.

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NERC releases Interregional Transfer Capability Study resources https://www.rfirst.org/news/nerc-releases-interregional-transfer-capability-study-resources/ Thu, 09 Nov 2023 19:48:14 +0000 https://rfirstdev.net/?post_type=news&p=7337 NERC releases Interregional Transfer Capability Study resources The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has launched a new webpage with information on the Interregional Transfer Capability Study (ITCS). This page... Read more »

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NERC releases Interregional Transfer Capability Study resources

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has launched a new webpage with information on the Interregional Transfer Capability Study (ITCS). This page will also be home to additional resources to highlight progress on the project, which the ERO Enterprise is conducting in response to a directive in the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023. The act requires NERC, in consultation with the Regional Entities and transmitting utilities across transmission planning regions with interconnected facilities, to conduct a study to examine the total current transfer capabilities between neighboring transmission planning regions.

The ITCS will also evaluate additions to transfer capability that could strengthen grid reliability, and will provide recommendations on how to best meet and maintain total transfer capability. The ITCS will be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in December 2024, and FERC will then provide a report on it to Congress, with recommendations for any legislative action. NERC’s ITCS page has information on the ITCS team and advisory group, and detailed information on the phases and technical scope of the project.  

Click here to visit the ITCS webpage located on the NERC site.

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RF Regional Standard BAL-502-RF-03 up for five-year review https://www.rfirst.org/news/rf-regional-standard-bal-502-rf-03-up-for-five-year-review/ Thu, 05 Oct 2023 18:56:57 +0000 /?post_type=news&p=3668 RF Regional Standard BAL-502-RF-03 up for five-year review   30‐Day Comment Period to run from Oct. 9, 2023, through Nov. 7, 2023.   The ReliabilityFirst Standards Committee announces the following... Read more »

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RF Regional Standard BAL-502-RF-03 up for five-year review

 

30‐Day Comment Period to run from Oct. 9, 2023, through Nov. 7, 2023.

 

The ReliabilityFirst Standards Committee announces the following Standards action:

The ReliabilityFirst Planning Resource Adequacy Analysis, Assessment and Documentation (BAL-502-RF-03) Standard is posted for the required five-year review, 30‐Day Comment Period (Oct. 9, 2023, through Nov. 7, 2023).

Per the ReliabilityFirst Reliability Standards Development Procedure (Maintenance of Regional Reliability Standards section), the Standards Committee shall ensure that each Standard be reviewed at least once every five years from the effective date of the Standard (BAL‐502‐RF‐03 having an effective date of Jan. 1, 2018). The review process shall be conducted by soliciting comments from the stakeholders. If, through the 30‐day stakeholder comment period, no changes are warranted, the Standards Committee shall recommend to the ReliabilityFirst Board that the Standard be reaffirmed. If the review indicates a need to revise or retire the Standard, a Standards Authorization Request (SAR) shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with ReliabilityFirst Reliability Standards Development Procedure.

We are requesting your input into whether the Planning Resource Adequacy Analysis, Assessment and Documentation Standard should be reaffirmed, revised or retired.

Beginning, Oct. 9, please submit your comment via the following link: BAL-502-RF-03 FYR Comment Form

Background and Additional Information:

The ReliabilityFirst Planning Resource Adequacy Analysis, Assessment and Documentation (BAL-502-RF-03) Standard was approved as a Regional Reliability Standard by the Commission in Order No. 747 on Oct. 16, 2017, and became enforceable on Jan. 1, 2018. The BAL-502-RF-03 Standard establishes requirements for Planning Coordinators in the ReliabilityFirst region regarding resource adequacy assessment, subject matter that is not currently addressed in NERC’s continent-wide Reliability Standards.

The BAL-502-RF-03 Standard is currently applicable to the two Planning Coordinators within the ReliabilityFirst footprint and contains the following three main requirements:

  • Requirement R1 requires each Planning Coordinator in the ReliabilityFirst footprint to perform and document an annual resource adequacy analysis. The sub-requirements of Requirement R1 set forth the criteria to be used for the resource adequacy analysis.
  • Requirement R2 requires each Planning Coordinator to annually document the projected load and resource capability for each area and transmission constrained sub-area identified in the analysis. The sub-requirements of Requirement R2 set forth the specific documentation requirements.
  • Requirement R3 requires each Planning Coordinator to identify any gaps between the needed amount of planning reserves defined in Requirement R1, Part 1.1 and the projected planning reserves documented in Requirement R2.

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THE GRID – 20 YEARS OF PROGRESS https://www.rfirst.org/news/the-grid-20-years-of-progress/ Mon, 18 Sep 2023 17:59:28 +0000 /?post_type=news&p=2134 Announcement Video Highlights 20 Years of Reliability Progress following 2003 Northeast Blackout August 1, 2023 This month marks the 20th anniversary of the 2003 Northeast blackout, which occurred on August... Read more »

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Announcement

Video Highlights 20 Years of Reliability Progress following 2003 Northeast Blackout
August 1, 2023
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the 2003 Northeast blackout, which occurred on August 14, 2003, and impacted 50 million North Americans across Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario. To highlight the progress the ERO Enterprise has made, NERC, NPCC and ReliabilityFirst collaborated on a video, The Grid – 20 Years of Progress Since the 2003 Northeast Blackout,​ reflecting on the progress made since then toward a more reliable and resilient grid.
The blackout, the largest ever experienced in North America, prompted the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which created an electric reliability organization (ERO) charged with developing and enforcing mandatory Reliability Standards, assessing current and future reliability trends, analyzing system events, and recommending improved practices. NERC was certified as the ERO by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in July 2006, with the first standards going into effect on March 2007. Reflecting the interconnected nature of the grid, the National Energy Board in Canada subsequently entered into a memorandum of understanding, recognizing NERC as the international ERO in September 2006.
“Since its inception, the ERO Enterprise has adapted to the ever-evolving challenges facing the bulk power system,” said Jim Robb, NERC president and CEO. “Following the blackout, we were focused on vegetation management to ensure an event like the 2003 blackout would not occur again. As we have become more dependent on technology on the grid and in our everyday lives, the challenges our industry is facing have become even more complex. We must remain agile to be able to successfully address these changes before they become issues.”
As mentioned, industry is at an inflection point facing a wide variety of new challenges – resource and transmission adequacy, inverter-based resources, extreme weather and increased security threats – and the ERO Enterprise, which is NERC and the six Regional Entities, is uniquely positioned to work with industry, stakeholders, government partners and policymakers to identify and mitigate any potential impacts. While NERC and the Regional Entities play different roles in assuring the reliability and security of the grid, each role is equally important and complementary, allowing the ERO Enterprise to work effectively, efficiently, and collaboratively.
“While NERC standards have served and continue to serve us well, neither NERC nor the Regional Entities are resting on their laurels,” said Charles Dickerson, NPCC president and CEO. “We continue to collaborate, identify and address risks to reliability associated with the changing resource mix, increased cyber and physical security threats, and the attraction and retention of talent.”
The ERO Enterprise’s independent voice and its collaborative relationships with industry, academic and federal, state and provincial government partners position us to address the current and evolving landscape, with both reliability and security, now and into the future.  
 
“I am very proud of the progress the electricity industry has made since August 2003,” said Tim Gallagher, RF president and CEO. “Each day, we work to reduce the likelihood of another blackout occurring by identifying and reducing risk. This work is more important than ever amid the North American bulk power system’s transformation to a greener grid, all while the demands and expectations on this system are exponentially increasing. We relish this challenge, but it’s something that must be given the proper amount of time to be completed. Electricity is vital to the welfare and safety of the public, to our economy, and to our way of life. Getting this wrong is not an option.” 
 
Electricity is a key component of the fabric of modern society and NERC, as the Electric Reliability Organization, serves to strengthen that fabric. The vision for the ERO Enterprise, which is comprised of NERC and the six Regional Entities, is a highly reliable and secure North American bulk power system. Our mission is to assure the effective and efficient reduction of risks to the reliability and security of the grid. 
Medica Contact:
ReliabilityFirst: communications@Rfirst.org​

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ReliabilityFirst releases Summer 2023 Resource Reliability Risk Assessment https://www.rfirst.org/news/reliabilityfirst-releases-summer-2023-resource-reliability-risk-assessment/ Tue, 13 Jun 2023 18:25:57 +0000 /?post_type=news&p=2136 ReliabilityFirst releases Summer 2023 Resource Reliability Risk Assessment ReliabilityFirst (RF) performs a seasonal summer resource adequacy assessment based on data provided by PJM and MISO. For the upcoming summer of... Read more »

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ReliabilityFirst releases Summer 2023 Resource Reliability Risk Assessment

ReliabilityFirst (RF) performs a seasonal summer resource adequacy assessment based on data provided by PJM and MISO. For the upcoming summer of 2023, under projected 50/50 demand forecasts, both MISO and PJM are expected to have adequate resources to satisfy their respective planning reserve requirements.

However, if resource outages and/or demand are experienced beyond the established projections, there is an increased likelihood that both Load Modifying Resources and Operating Reserves would need to be utilized to serve forecasted load.

Click here  to view the full report. 

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NERC releases 2023 Summer Reliability Assessment https://www.rfirst.org/news/nerc-releases-2023-summer-reliability-assessment/ Wed, 17 May 2023 18:27:58 +0000 /?post_type=news&p=2137 NERC releases 2023 Summer Reliability Assessment The North American Electric Reliability Organization (NERC) warns that during periods of extreme demand this summer, two-thirds of North America is at risk of... Read more »

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NERC releases 2023 Summer Reliability Assessment

The North American Electric Reliability Organization (NERC) warns that during periods of extreme demand this summer, two-thirds of North America is at risk of energy shortfalls in its 2023 Summer Reliability Assessment released Wednesday. 

In the ReliabilityFirst region, MISO was listed among seven areas in North America that may face supply shortages during periods with higher demand levels, according to the report. 

To access the full report on NERC’s website, click here. And to watch a NERC video breaking down the report, click here

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ReliabilityFirst welcomes Vice President of Entity Engagement and Corporate Services Diane Holder https://www.rfirst.org/news/reliabilityfirst-welcomes-vice-president-of-entity-engagement-and-corporate-services-diane-holder/ Tue, 12 Jul 2022 18:30:29 +0000 /?post_type=news&p=2138 ReliabilityFirst welcomes Vice President of Entity Engagement and Corporate Services Diane Holder ReliabilityFirst (RF) is excited to announce that Diane Holder will be the organization’s new Vice President of Entity... Read more »

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ReliabilityFirst welcomes Vice President of Entity Engagement and Corporate Services Diane Holder
Diane Holder

Diane Holder

ReliabilityFirst (RF) is excited to announce that Diane Holder will be the organization’s new Vice President of Entity Engagement and Corporate Services.

In this role, Holder will provide executive leadership and oversee RF’s outreach to utilities, government officials and the general public as well as internal corporate services for RF employees, including human resources, finance and information technology.  She will also originate and cultivate from staff (and outside resources) new ideas that will enhance RF’s ability to be a positive influence on the reliability, security and resiliency of the electric grid.

“I couldn’t be more honored to join the talented team at ReliabilityFirst, an organization I have long admired in its mission to preserve and enhance the reliability and security of the bulk power system, and I’m thrilled to take part in this critical work,” Holder said.

Holder joins RF from Pennsylvania American Water, where she was the organization’s Vice President of Operations, working to ensure the safe, reliable delivery of clean drinking water for customers. She oversaw operations at more than 25 facilities in western Pennsylvania, ensuring regulatory compliance, managing operations budgets and providing top-notch customer service.

Holder also brings nearly 30 years of experience working in the electric industry at Allegheny Power, FirstEnergy and Duquesne Light Company. Her roles and experience include engineering, external affairs, operations, distribution and working as a chief of staff.

Holder earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

She joins Vice President and General Counsel Niki Schaefer, Vice President of Reliability and Risk Jeff Craigo and Chief Security Officer Marcus Noel as the top leaders of the organization under President and CEO Tim Gallagher.

“Diane brings tremendous experience, expertise and leadership to the RF team.  We are excited to have her join RF and will immediately begin deploying her talents to help the industry and policy makers navigate the challenges the bulk electric system faces today and in the future,” Gallagher said.

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