NERC Case Notes: Reliability Standard TPL-001-0.1


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Unidentified Registered Entity, FERC Docket No. NP11-269-000 (September 30, 2011)

Reliability Standard: TPL-001-0.1

Requirement: R1

Violation Risk Factor: High

Violation Severity Level: Severe

Region: WECC

Issue: URE self-reported that it failed to finalize documentation of its annual assessment for 2009 until 2010.

Finding: WECC determined that the violation posed a minimal risk to the reliability of the BPS because the URE did not prepare the assessments that were required, but its portion of the interconnected transmission system is planned such that it can be operated to supply projected customer demands and projected Firm Transmission Services at all demand levels over the range of forecasted system demands. Duration of the violation was from the date the assessments were due through May 6, 2010. WECC and the NERC BOTCC took into consideration that URE had a compliance program as a particular mitigating factor as well as the self-report. WECC also exercised its discretion to assess a single aggregate penalty for the violations of TPL-001-0.1, TPL-002-0, TPL-003-0 and TPL-004-0 stemming from this one incident of non-compliance.

Penalty: $225,000 (aggregate for 11 violations)

FERC Order: Issued October 28, 2011 (no further review)