Energy Law Academy 110: Electric Reliability



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Program Overview

In Course 110: Electric Reliability, participants will receive an introduction to the regulatory regime governing electric reliability in the United States. The course will start with a technical overview of the electric grid. Participants will then learn about the history of Section 215 of the Federal Power Act – the key reliability regulatory provision. Our faculty will also provide an overview of the chief reliability regulator – the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) – including a brief history lesson on the genesis of NERC, an  overview of the structure of NERC, and insights on the relationship between NERC, the reliability regions, and regulated entities. The program will include instruction on the process for drafting and adopting the mandatory and enforceability Reliability Standards, and our faculty will cover compliance and enforcement in the reliability space. Our program will conclude with a review of special topics, including cyber and physical security.

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Wednesday, June 24

12:00 PM: Open Webinar

12:30 - 12:45 PM: Grid 101 (Technical/Operational Overview)

12:45 - 2:15 PM: 

EPAct 2005 / FPA § 215 (Overview)

  • Genesis / History Leading to Federal Reliability Role
  • Statutory Provisions / Directives
  • “Bulk-Power System” vs. “BES”

2:15 - 2:30 PM: Break

2:30 - 3:30 PM: 

NERC (Overview)

  • Genesis / History of NERC
  • Structure – NERC & Regional Entities
  • Respective Roles
  • Relationship Between
  • Registered Entities
  • Who Must Be Registered
  • Process to Challenge Registration

3:30 - 5:00 PM: Reliability Standards

3:30 - 4:15 PM:

  • NERC Drafting of Standards
    • NERC’s Role, Rules & Procedures / Processes
    • Standards Drafting Process

4:15 - 5:00 PM:

  • FERC Review of Standards
    • FERC’s Role
    • Standards Approval / Remand Process

5:00 - 5:30 PM: Keynote Speech – FERC’s priorities, etc.


12:00 PM: Open Webinar

12:00 - 12:15 PM: Recap, Logistics, etc.

12:15 - 2:30: Compliance / Enforcement

12:15 - 12:45 PM:

  • NERC
    • FERC’s Role

12:45 - 1:15 PM:

  • Compliance Monitoring Process (Audits, Inherent Risk Assessments and Controls, etc.)

1:15 - 2:00 PM:

  • Enforcement & Penalty Process
  • Practice Pointers

2:00 - 2:30 PM:

  • FERC
    • FERC’s Role in Compliance & Enforcement
    • Enforcement & Penalty Process

2:30 - 2:45 PM: Break

2:45 - 4:45 PM: Special Topics

2:45 - 3:15 PM:

  • Cyber and Physical Security
  • Geomagnetic Disturbances (GMDs)

3:15 - 3:45 PM:

  • Supply Chain Management

3:45 - 4:45 PM: Ask the General Counsel

4:45 - 5:00 PM: Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Speakers and Bios


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