Regulatory Discretion During COVID-19 Outbreak

by Banna Underland | Mar 20, 2020

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) announced they are taking steps to ensure that operators of the bulk electric system can focus their resources on keeping people safe and the lights on during this unprecedented public health emergency. As such, FERC and NERC are using regulatory discretion to advise all registered entities that they will consider the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in complying with Reliability Standards.

What SERC Registered Entities Need to Know

  • Your SERC single-point-of-contact (SPOC) remains your main interface for compliance issues.
  • Send notifications of issue pertaining to delay in completing compliance activities due to COVID-19 to with a copy to your SPOC. Be sure to retain copies of the notifications and file them accordingly to have available if a subsequent Monitoring activity dictates the need.
  • Be prepared to document the following.
    • What has COVID-19 caused that will prevent the compliance activity from being completed on-time?
    • What specific Standard/Requirement is involved?
    • Are there mitigating activities the you are putting in place in the interim?
    • What actions will you need to take to get back into compliance?
    • Information listed in the Exception Tracking Spreadsheet.
  • A webinar will be conducted soon. The date and time will be communicated to SERC registered entities via email. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the SERC website. Questions you would like addressed may be submitted using the Q&A Form on the SERC website.

We will maintain situation awareness about the spread of COVID-19 and its future impacts. The most current information will be featured on the SERC homepage news feed, and will be communicated via social media and email to keep stakeholders informed.

Thank you for your dedication to ensure the health and safety of your employees, your communities, and the continued reliability and security of the SERC Region.