SERC & NERC Response to the COVID-19 Virus

by Teresa Glaze | Mar 16, 2020
The health and safety of personnel – yours and ours – has a great effect on the reliability and security of the bulk power system. SERC has been closely monitoring the recent developments associated with the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has begun to implement actions in accordance with our Pandemic Continuity of Operations Plan. We are also aware that most of you have begun taking the same precautions as they pertain to your unique situations. 

NERC is active with the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC)* and participates in joint, biweekly ESCC calls with key government partners (Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Health and Human Services) in addressing COVID-19. This effort began last week to provide general situational awareness and share best practices. As part of that effort, NERC worked with trade organizations and other entities to help develop and distribute this guidance document designed to support industry leaders in making informed, localized decisions in response to this evolving global health emergency. 

The document – Assessing and Mitigating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – is posted on the ESCC website, the E-ISAC portal and shared with other sectors and government partners. The guide will evolve as additional information and recommended practices are identified.

Below is an announcement made by NERC regarding steps they are taking to prevent Coronavirus impacts. We at SERC encourage you to read the full announcement prepared by NERC, to review the ESCC Guidance in full (see the link in NERC’s announcement), and to download the guidance document— “Assessing and Mitigating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).” You may also distribute this email to all appropriate staff within your organization.

Please remain vigilant in preserving the health and safety of your personnel.

* The CEO-led Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) serves as the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power industry, with the mission of coordinating efforts to prepare for, and respond to, national-level disasters or threats to critical infrastructure. The ESCC focuses on actions and strategies that help protect the energy grid, prevent various threats from disrupting electricity service, and develop capabilities that help the sector quickly respond and recover when major incidents impact the grid.

NERC Announcement