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FERC Issues NOPR on Geomagnetic Disturbance Reliability Standards

On October 18, 2012, in Docket No. RM12-22, FERC issued a NOPR in which it proposes to direct NERC to file for approval with FERC Reliability Standards that address the risks posed by geomagnetic disturbances (GMD) to the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System.  The Commission proposes to do this in two stages. In the first stage, the Commission proposes to direct NERC to file one or more Reliability Standards that require owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System to develop and implement operational procedures to mitigate the effects of GMDs consistent with the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System. In the second stage, the Commission proposes to direct NERC to file, within six months of the effective date of a final rule in this proceeding, one or more Reliability Standards that require owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System to conduct initial and on-going assessments of the potential impact of GMDs on Bulk-Power System equipment and the Bulk-Power System as a whole.

To view the NOPR, click here.