Status A 30-day informal comment period for the Project 2010-14.2 Balancing Authority Reliability-based Controls Standard Authorization Request (SAR) was open through 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, August 14, 2014. The Balancing Authority Reliability-based Controls Phase 2 standard drafting team is reviewing the comments received during the posting and evaluating options for modifications to BAL-005-0.2b and BAL-006-2. Please refer to Project 2010-14.2.1 (link provided above) for additional information.
A 30-day informal comment period for the BAL-004-0 SAR is anticipated to begin in mid- to late-March 2015.
BackgroundProject 2010-14.2 was previously scoped as a standard development project involving BAL-004, BAL-005, and BAL-006. All of these standards are “version 0” standards that have not been substantively revised since becoming enforceable. Since Project 2010-14.2 was scoped, a number of initiatives have been implemented to improve the overall quality of NERC standards, including retirement of unnecessary or redundant requirements under Paragraph 81, consideration of Independent Expert Review Panel recommendations, and implementation of results-based concepts in the standards. The Standards Committee has appointed a Periodic Review Team to review these standards to determine the appropriate scope of revisions for a standard drafting project. A 45-day comment period on the BAL Periodic Review Team’s recommendations to revise BAL-005 and BAL-006 closed on Monday, April 7, 2014.
Standard(s) Afftected - BAL-004-0, BAL-005-0.2b, BAL-006-2
Purpose/Industry NeedThe Standard Processes Manual (see p. 42) obligates NERC to conduct periodic reviews on standards that are more than five years old and have not yet been revised through other standards development projects. Within the next year, all standards that have not been significantly revised or retired will undergo a comprehensive review to determine whether the standard should be reaffirmed, revised, or withdrawn.NERC has responded to regulatory and industry guidance by incorporating into its periodic review process principles of results-based standards drafting and a review of each standard in relation to other standards to eliminate duplicative requirements. Additionally, periodic reviews will evaluate whether each standard is clear, concise, and technically sound given current technologies and system conditions, whether any regulatory directives require specific changes to the standard, and whether the requirements that do little to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system should be eliminated. Periodic reviews also will consider previously captured stakeholder-identified issues pertaining to the affected standards.
Once the periodic review has been completed, any recommendations to revise or retire standards will be implemented following the normal standard development process.
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07/16/14 - 08/14/14
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02/21/14 - 04/07/14
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