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NERC Submits Comments in Response to Coordination of Protection Systems NOPR

On January 29, 2018, in Docket No. RM16-22-000, NERC submitted comments to FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to approve: (1) Reliability Standards PRC-027-1 (Coordination of Protection Systems for Performance During Faults) and PER-006-1 (Specific Training for Personnel); and (2) the retirement of Reliability Standard PRC-001-1.1(ii). The proposed Reliability Standards address coordination of Protection Systems and will more effectively accomplish the reliability goals of ensuring that appropriate personnel are trained on Protection Systems and that Protection System settings are appropriately studied, coordinated, and monitored. In the NOPR, the Commission proposed to direct NERC to modify proposed Reliability Standard PRC-027-1 to require an initial protection system coordination study and sought comment on using a 15 percent deviation threshold in the proposed Reliability Standard. NERC’s comments state that the proposed directive is not necessary and would impose a significant burden on entities without a proportional reliability benefit. However, NERC does find the 15 percent deviation threshold to be appropriate.

To view NERC’s comments, click here.