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Archive 2010

Summary of New or Amended Reliability Standards and Criteria for which OEB Review Period is Closed 

The IESO is responsible for communicating to market participants new or amended reliability standards and criteria which may be subject to the Ontario Energy Board's (OEB) review. The OEB or any person may make an application for review of a reliability standard as long as actions are initiated within the time prescribed in sections 36.1 and 36.2 of the Electricity Act, 1998:

  • IESO posts a new or amended reliability standard on its website within seven days of it being notified by the standards authority.
  • There is a 21-day window for any market participant, including the IESO, to apply to the OEB for review of the reliability standard. The OEB is also able to initiate its own review within 120 days.
  • If there is no review, the standard would go into effect under the Market Rules upon the enforcement date of the reliability standard.
  • If reviewed, the OEB has the authority to stop the standard from applying in Ontario and to refer it back to the standards authority.

The table below provides a summary of new or amended reliability standards and criteria  for which the OEB review process was closed in 2010.

 

Date of Notice of FilingDate PostedLast Date to Request an OEB ReviewProposed NERC Standard or NPCC Criteria coming into effectCommentsStatus of OEB Review ProcessApplicable Entities in Ontario

2010/07/28

2010/07/30

2010/08/18

Interpretations4 of:
TOP-001-1 - Reliability Responsibilities and Authorities, Requirement R8


The interpretation clarifies the roles of the Balancing Authority and Transmission Operator in Requirement R8 of the standard.

OEB Remand Process was completed. No request for review was initiated.


IESO

2010/05/06

2010/05/11

2010/06/01

Interpretations4 of:
- CIP-001-1 - Sabotage Reporting, Requirement R2

Interpretations4 of:
- CIP-005-2 - Cyber Security - Electronic Security Perimeter(s), Section 4.2.2 (Applicability) and Requirement R1.3

Interpretations4 of:
- CIP-006-3 - Cyber Security - Physical Security of Critical Cyber Assets, Requirement R1.1


The interpretation clarifies what is meant by the term "appropriate parties" in Requirement R2.

The interpretation clarifies the intent of Section 4.2.2 regarding the kinds of cyber assets referred to as "associated", and the nature of the communication links. It also clarifies the meaning of "endpoint."

The interpretation clarifies what is required by the phrase "to control physical access" in cases where a completely enclosed border cannot be created.

OEB Remand Process was completed. No request for review was initiated.


G, T, D, W & IESO


G, T, W & IESO





G, T, W & IESO

2010/03/09

2010/03/15

2010/04/05

Filing of the following eight (8) NPCC regional reliability reference directories and associated Schedules:
Directory # 1 - Design and Operation of the Bulk Power System






Directory # 2 - Emergency Operations







Directory # 3 - Maintenance Criteria for Bulk Power System Protection

Directory # 4 - Bulk Power System Protection Criteria


Directory # 8 - System Restoration




Directory # 9 - Generator Gross/Net Real Power Capability



Directory # 10 - Generator Gross/Net Reactive Power Capability



Directory # 12 - Underfrequency Load Shedding Program Requirements





This directory provides a "design-based approach" to ensure the bulk power system is designed and operated to a level of reliability such that the loss of a major portion of the system, or unintentional separation of a major portion of the system, will not result from any design contingencies specified therein.

This directory presents the basic factors to be considered in formulating plans and procedures to be followed in an emergency, or during conditions which could lead to an emergency, in order to facilitate mutual assistance and coordination within NPCC and adjacent areas.

This directory presents the basic maintenance requirements for bulk power system protection systems.

This directory provides the protection criteria for protection of the NPCC bulk power system.

This directory presents the basic criteria with which each applicable entity must plan for and perform power system restoration following a major or a total blackout.

This directory presents the minimum criteria for verifying the Gross Real Power Capability and Net Real Power Capability of generators or generating facilities.


This directory presents the minimum criteria for verifying the Gross Reactive Power Capability and Net Reactive Power Capability of generators or generating facilities.

This directory presents the basic criteria for the design and implementation of underfrequency load shedding "UFLS" programs to ensure that declining frequency is arrested and recovered in accordance with established NPCC performance requirements to prevent system collapse due to load-generation imbalance.

OEB Remand Process was completed. No request for review was initiated.





IESO









IESO








T, G, D & W


T, G, D & W


T, G, D, W & IESO




G, IESO





G, IESO





G, D, W & IESO

2010/01/21

2010/01/26

2010/02/16

Revised VRF assignments for NUC-001-1 - Nuclear Plant Interface Coordination








Interpretations4 of:
CIP-006-2 - Physical Security of Critical Cyber Assets, Requirements R1.1, and

CIP-006-2 - Physical Security of Critical Cyber Assets, Requirements R4

Version 3 of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards, CIP-002-3 through CIP-009-3, the CIP Version 3 Implementation Plan and the Implementation Plan for Newly Identified Critical Cyber Assets and Newly Registered Entities

Violation Severity Levels (VSLs) and Violation Risk Factors (VRFs) for Version 2 of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards, CIP-002-2 through CIP-009-2.

The following are revised reliability standards:
EOP-001-1 - Emergency Operations Planning
EOP-005-2 - System Restoration from Blackstart Resources, and
EOP-006-2 - System Restoration Coordination

The following are new proposed reliability standards:
IRO-008-1 - Reliability Coordinator Operational Analyses and Real-time Assessments;
IRO-009-1 - Reliability Coordinator Actions to Operate Within IROLs; and
IRO-010-1a - Reliability Coordinator Data Specification and Collection.

These revised VRF assignments comply with FERC Order 716 that requires revisions to NUC-001-1. Additionally, NERC had filed for approval a Version 2 of the NUC-001 Reliability Standard on September 10, 2009. Should version 2 of NUC-001 be approved, NERC has requested that the revised VRF assignments presented in this filing be applied to version 2 of the NUC-001 standard.

This interpretation clarifies that dial-up devices that do not have a routable protocol are not required to be enclosed within a "six-wall" border.

This interpretation clarifies what information must be logged for physical access control to cyber assets.

These revisions to the Version 2 CIP standards are in response to the FERC Order issued September 30, 2009 that directed NERC to make certain changes to the version 2 standards and associated Implementation Plan.




These VSL and VRF assignments relate specifically to the CIP-002-2 through CIP-009-2 Reliability Standards which are to take effect on April 1, 2010.



This filing also includes a request for approval of the proposed definition of Blackstart Resource, as well as the retirement of five existing Reliability Standards and the definition of Blackstart Capability Plan from the NERC Glossary of Terms.



The purpose of these new standards is to prevent instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading outages that adversely impact the reliability of the interconnection by ensuring:
- the Bulk Electric System is assessed during the operations horizon;
- prompt action is taken to prevent or mitigate instances of exceeding Interconnection Reliability Operating Limits (IROLs); and
- the Reliability Coordinator has the data it needs to monitor and assess the operation of its Reliability Coordinator Area.

This filing also requests approval of two new definitions to be included in the NERC Glossary of Terms. Implementation of these new standards also requires modification to several other reliability standards.

OEB Remand Process was completed. No request for review was initiated.

G, T, D & IESO










G, T, W & IESO



G, T, W & IESO


G, T, W & IESO








G, T, W & IESO







All

All


IESO




IESO



IESO


G, T & IESO


Note:

  1. Last Date to Request an OEB Review is 21 days after the IESO posts the approved standards or criteria from NERC or NPCC to this website. Please note that the OEB has 120 days for its review period from the posted date.
  2. The mandatory enforcement dates of NERC reliability standards and NPCC criteria are governed by Chapter 5, sections 1.2.6 and 1.2.7 of the Market Rules.
  3. Applicability includes the IESO and Ontario Entities including T - Transmitters, G - Generators, W - Connected Wholesale Customers, PSE - Purchasing-Selling Entities, D - Distributors, and the OPA (Ontario Power Authority)
  4. An interpretation is offered by a designated Standard Drafting Team (SDT) in response to an industry request. It provides clarification of the intent of a requirement but may not expand or redefine it. If approved by the industry ballot pool and the NERC Board of Trustees (BOT), these interpretations are appended to the standard and filed with the OEB. When the affected Reliability Standard is next revised using the Reliability Standards Development Process, the interpretation will then be incorporated into the Reliability Standard.