Extreme Cold Weather Grid Operations, Preparedness, and Coordination SAR

Extreme Cold Weather Grid Operations, Preparedness, and Coordination SAR

The Standards Authorization Request (SAR) related to cold weather grid operations submitted October 6, encompasses revisions to existing standards and the creation of new ones. While state entities like the Texas Public Utility Commission have taken immediate steps to require generators and transmission service providers to formulate plans for reliable cold weather operations, this SAR begins the process of including cold weather operations reliability in the NERC standards.

NERC SAR report

Download the NERC SAR

The SAR includes nine recommendations summarized below along with their implementation timeline.

If you have ever considered monitoring the standards development process for issues directly related to how you plan, operate, and maintain your piece of the grid, now would be the time. This SAR will have near and long-term effects that will touch budgets, staffing, and training for years to come. As we have stated here several times, this process is incredibly transparent. All the details of any new or revised standard will be posted, opinions and reviews will be solicited, and responses to those opinions and reviews will be posted.

It’s also worth noting the section of the SAR that addresses the Cost Impact Assessment is “unknown.”

We will do our best here to monitor and provide insight on this SAR as it moves forward, but you know the specifics of your equipment and systems better than anyone. Make sure your potentially unique issues are addressed.

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