Electric Reliability Organization | FERC Reliability Orders | Member-Only Resources
In America, we take electricity for granted. We expect the lights to come on every time we flip the switch. But, a reliable supply of electricity is more than just a convenience. It's a necessity. Our economy—and our way of life—depend on it.
For electric companies, maintaining a high level of reliability requires constant commitment. They must rely on an interconnected network of generation, transmission, and distribution systems to power our homes and businesses. The electric power industry is taking aggressive actions to strengthen reliability.
- Before and After the Storm
A compilation to provide members with a centralized source of recent studies, reports, and other information regarding options for system hardening and resiliency measures in response to storm related outages of electric distribution facilities. The compilation provides a menu of infrastructure hardening and resiliency options, the relative cost impact of such measures, information on the various cost recovery mechanisms utilized, and a representative overview of various state programs addressing system hardening, resiliency and cost recovery. The compilation is aimed to serve as a reference tool to assist members in addressing state commissions and legislatures as they investigate possible regulatory reforms with respect to how electric utilities combat and respond to storm related outages. (January 2013)
- For more information, see EEI Reliability Filings at FERC.
Electric Reliability Organization
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO), an independent, self-regulating entity that enforces mandatory electric reliability rules on all users, owners, and operators of the nation's transmission system. This requires otherwise unregulated utilities, such as electric cooperatives and government-owned utilities, to comply with mandatory reliability standards, as well.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is given oversight authority for the ERO. In July 2006, FERC certified the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) as the ERO. In March 2007, FERC approved 83 NERC Reliability Standards, which became the first set of legally enforceable standards for the U.S. bulk power system, effective June 4, 2007.
FERC Reliability Orders
Standards | Electric Reliability Organization Formation | Compliance Enforcement
- Order Approving Eight Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standard
January 18, 2008, Order No. 706, RM06-22-000
- Order on Rehearing and Clarification, Preventing Undue Discrimination and Preference in Transmission Service, Clarifying Calculations of Available Transfer Capability, Transmission Facility Planning, and Conditions of Service
December 28, 2007, Order No. 890-A, RM05-17-000, et al.
- Order Approving Facilities Design, Connections and Maintenance Standard
December 27, 2007, Order No. 705, RM07-3
- Order Accepting Compliance Filing
November 2, 2007, re WECC-TOP-STD-007-0
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Facilities Design, Connections and Maintenance Standard
August 13, 2007, RM07-3
- Order on Rehearing, Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System
July 19, 2007, Order No. 693-A, RM06-16-001
- Order, Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System
March 16, 2007, Order No. 693, RM06-16-001
- Final Rule re Preventing Undue Discrimination and Preference in Transmission Service
February 16, 2007, Order No. 890, RM05-17-000, et al.
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System
October 20, 2006, RM06-16-000
Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) Formation
- Order on ERO Registry Determination
December 20, 2007, RM07-3-000
- Order Affirming ERO Compliance Registry Determination
November 15, 2007, RC07-3-000 & RC07-5-000
- Order Certifying NERC as ERO
July 20, 2006, RR06-1-000
- Rules Concerning Certification of ERO and Procedures for the Establishment, Approval, and Enforcement of Electric Reliability Standard
March 30, 2006, Order No. 672-A, RM05-30-001
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Concerning Certification of ERO and Procedures for the Establishment, Approval, and Enforcement of Electric Reliability Standard
September 1, 2005, RM05-30-000