Rapid Revision Procedure Document

Standards Committee Process Subcommittee Web Page


The Rapid Revision Procedure was developed by the Standards Committee Process Subcommittee to formalize a process for developing limited and narrowly defined revisions to a standard. The Standards Committee approved the procedure at its meeting on June 5, 2013 and the procedure has been posted on the Standards Resources page.

The Rapid Revision Procedure formalizes a process for developing
limited and narrowly defined revisions to a standard in cases where it has been determined that an Interpretation is not an option within existing standard language. (Interpretations cannot revise the language of a standard.)

The Rapid Revision Procedure was developed to address focused situations where a request for Interpretation was best addressed by limited and narrowly defined revisions to a standard. It accelerates the development of narrow revisions while adhering to the Standard Processes Manual. A Standard Authorization Request is still required, but it is posted alongside limited, focused, and narrowly defined revisions to the standard and implementation plan. Ultimately, the goal is to have only one 45-day comment and ballot period and then proceed to a final recirculation ballot.

Three pilot projects – Interpretation 2010-INT-01 Rapid Revision of TOP-006-2 for FMPP,
Project 2011-INT-02 Rapid Revision of VAR-002 to address Constellation Request for Interpretation, and Revision of MOD-028-1 to address FPL Request for Interpretation – employed the rapid revision process and required only six to 12 months to earn Board of Trustees approval, less than the average timeline for a traditional standards project.

The procedure document was developed by a working group comprised
of Standards Committee Process Subcommittee members and approved for posting by the Standards Committee on October 11, 2012. It was created to formalize the process explored in the pilot projects, and has been posted for comment to ensure process transparency and consistent application.

When the comment period ends, the working group will review the comments and, if necessary, make corresponding changes to the procedure document. If substantive 
changes are made, another informal comment period may be required. The procedure document will then be presented to the Standards Committee for approval.

If you have any questions, please contact sarcomm@nerc.net.

Draft Action Dates Results Consideration of Comments
Rapid Revision Procedure Document

Supporting Materials:
Unofficial Comment Form (Word)
Informal Comment Period


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