Panel members named for FERC’s July 9 bulk power market meeting

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 19 released the agenda for its previously-announced July 9 conference on the reliability of the Bulk-Power System.

Commission members will participate in this conference, FERC noted. After the close of the conference, FERC will accept written comments until Aug. 8 regarding the matters discussed.

The first panel of the day is called “State of Reliability and Emerging Issues.” Panelists will be asked to address the state of reliability, including NERC’s May 2013 State of Reliability Report and its findings with respect to the adequacy of Bulk-Power System reliability. Panelists will also be invited to address related issues that have affected or are expected to affect the state of reliability going forward. Panelists will be asked to address issues like:

  • What does the 2013 State of Reliability Report show about the state of reliability? What metrics are most useful for measuring reliability? Has NERC developed new or improved metrics over time? How do the results in the 2013 Report compare to the results in the 2012 Report? How have NERC and the industry implemented recommendations from the 2012 Report?
  • What are the most critical issues affecting the state of reliability today and what should NERC, the industry, and the commission do to address them? What trends have been identified with respect to bulk electric system events that resulted in load loss, e.g., protection system misoperations or equipment failures, and how can the frequency of such events be reduced?
  • Panelists will be asked to identify emerging issues that will impact reliability, including cybersecurity and high impact low frequency issues.

Panelists for the first session include:

  • Gerry Cauley, President and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC);
  • Tom Burgess, Vice President and Director of Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis, NERC;
  • Kevin Burke, Chairman, President and CEO, Consolidated Edison, on behalf of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI); and
  • Allen Mosher, Vice President, Policy Analysis and Reliability Standards, American Public Power Association.

Panel II is called “Continuing Evolution of NERC Enforcement and Compliance Activities.” NERC will be invited to provide an update on its efforts to streamline its compliance and enforcement processes. Panelists will be invited to express views on NERC’s progress in these areas as well as recommendations moving forward. NERC and panelists will address issues including:

  • What are the trends in compliance and enforcement of Reliability Standards Requirements? Which are the Reliability Standards Requirements most violated? In what way has implementation of the Find, Fix, Track, and Report program enhanced reliability?
  • What is the status of the NERC Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI) program? What progress has been made in developing criteria for evaluating internal controls and risk assessments? How do NERC and the Regional Entities plan to implement RAI?  How will NERC ensure consistency among the regions?

Session two panelists include:  

  • Mark Rossi, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NERC;
  • Joseph Kelliher, Executive Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs, NextEra Energy, on behalf of EEI;
  • Barry Lawson, Associate Director, Power Delivery and Reliability Government Relations, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; and
  • William Gallagher, Special Projects Chief, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, on behalf of Transmission Access Policy Study Group.

Panel III is called “NERC Standards Development Process and Priorities.” Panelists will be asked to address NERC’s standards development process, the status of that process, and various initiatives to improve the timeliness, substance, and prioritization of issues. Panelists may suggest improvements in both the process and overall approach to standards development.  NERC and panelists will be asked to address some or all of the following:

  • What is the status of NERC’s efforts to improve NERC’s standards development process, including the quality and timeliness of standards? What are the primary deficiencies in the current standards development process and how are they being addressed?
  • What is the status and progress of NERC’s Cost Effective Analysis Process in introducing cost considerations and effectiveness into the development of new and revised standards?
  • What can the North American Transmission Forum do to inform the standards development process? What is the role of the North American Transmission Forum in identifying and communicating lessons learned to NERC, the commission, and industry?  

Panelists for session three include:       

  • Mark Lauby, Vice President and Director of Standards, NERC;
  • Jeffery Gust, Vice President, Compliance and Standards, MidAmerican Energy, on behalf of EEI; and
  • John Anderson, President and CEO, Electricity Consumers Resource Council.

Panel IV is for “Other Issues.” Panelists will be asked to address:

  • What approaches are being taken by the industry, ISOs, and other system planners to address the continued changes in projected resource mix resulting from Environmental Protection Agency rules and, among other things, recent trends in natural gas prices? How are regulators, system planners, and industry participants identifying and responding to potential changes in the generation resource mix or in capacity reserve levels due to retirement of aging or other non-economically viable plants? Which regions are expected to be most affected by retirement of coal plants or other changes in resource mix, and how are those regions responding? How are regions accommodating outages necessitated by generator retrofits?

Panelists for this last session include: 

  • David Souder, Director Operations Planning, PJM Interconnection;
  • John Lawhorn, Senior Director, Policy and Economic Study, Midcontinent Independent System Operator;
  • Jeff Burleson, Vice President, System Planning, Southern Co.; and
  • Joel Beauvais, Associate Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA.
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