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NERC Case Notes: Reliability Standard EOP-006-1

NERC Case Notes: Reliability Standard EOP-006-1

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WECC RC [Pacific Northwest Security Coordinator] 2010

Reliability Standard: EOP-006-1

Requirement: R3, R6, R1

Violation Risk Factor: Medium

Violation Severity Level: Not provided

Region: NERC as Compliance Enforcement Authority (NCEA)

Issue: During the period from June 18, 2007 through January 1, 2009, the Pacific Northwest Security Coordinator (PNSC) had been using the NWPP restoration manual as the Reliability Coordination restoration plan. The manual did not specify coordination protocols between PNSC's Transmission Operators to ensure that reliability would be maintained during system restoration events. Further, PNSC did not provide evidence that it could determine that an operating emergency had been mitigated in accordance with its restoration plan, as required by Requirement 6 of the Reliability Standard. Finally, PNSC did not provide evidence that it could determine that an operating emergency had been mitigated in accordance with its restoration plan, as required by Requirement 1 of the Reliability Standard. NSC provided the WECC Interconnection Disturbance Assessment and Restoration Guidelines documentation in support of the requirement of R6 and R1.

Finding: The violations were the first violations of this Reliability Standard and did not constitute a serious or substantial risk to the bulk power system. WECC was certified as the Reliability Coordinator on January 1, 2009 and assumed all further responsibilities. The violations were mitigated through the dissolution of the entity and NERC's certification of WECC as the new Reliability Coordinator for the region.

Penalty: $0

FERC Order: Issued October 13, 2010 (no further review)

WECC RC [Pacific Northwest Security Coordinator] 2010

Reliability Standard: EOP-006-1

Requirement: R3, R6, R1

Violation Risk Factor: Medium

Violation Severity Level: Not provided

Region: NERC as Compliance Enforcement Authority (NCEA)

Issue: During the period from June 18, 2007 through January 1, 2009, the Pacific Northwest Security Coordinator (PNSC) had been using the NWPP restoration manual as the Reliability Coordination restoration plan. The manual did not specify coordination protocols between PNSC's Transmission Operators to ensure that reliability would be maintained during system restoration events. Further, PNSC did not provide evidence that it could determine that an operating emergency had been mitigated in accordance with its restoration plan, as required by Requirement 6 of the Reliability Standard. Finally, PNSC did not provide evidence that it could determine that an operating emergency had been mitigated in accordance with its restoration plan, as required by Requirement 1 of the Reliability Standard. PNSC provided the WECC Interconnection Disturbance Assessment and Restoration Guidelines documentation in support of the requirement of R6 and R1.

Finding: The violations were the first violations of this Reliability Standard and did not constitute a serious or substantial risk to the bulk power system. WECC was certified as the Reliability Coordinator on January 1, 2009 and assumed all further responsibilities. The violations were mitigated through the dissolution of the entity and NERC's certification of WECC as the new Reliability Coordinator for the region.

Penalty: $0

FERC Order: Issued October 13, 2010 (no further review)

WECC RC [Rocky Mountain-Desert Southwest Reliability Coordinator] 2010

Reliability Standard: EOP-006-1

Requirement: R1

Violation Risk Factor: Medium

Violation Severity Level: Not provided

Region: NERC as Compliance Enforcement Authority (NCEA)

Issue: During the period from June 18, 2007 through January 1, 2009, the Rocky Mountain-Desert Southwest Reliability Coordinator did not have a copy of each Transmission Operator's restoration plan for its Reliability Coordinator Area. Only one entity’s restoration plan was provided.

Finding: The violation was the first violation of this Reliability Standard and it did not constitute a serious or substantial risk to the bulk power system. WECC was certified as the Reliability Coordinator on January 1, 2009 and assumed all further responsibilities. The violation was mitigated through the dissolution of the entity and NERC's certification of WECC as the new Reliability Coordinator for the region.

Penalty: $0

FERC Order: Issued October 13, 2010 (no further review)