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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted more Order No. 1000 compliance filings, as well as proposed new cybersecurity standards.

The commission accepted plans from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and New York Independent System Operator Inc. (NYISO). FERC also conditionally accepted filings from two public utility transmission providers, South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. (SCE&G) and NorthWestern Corp. to provide more clarity and add greater detail to their compliance plans.

In addition, FERC says it granted waivers of Order No. 1000 requirements to Lockhart Power Co. and Alcoa Power Generating Inc. because of the limited and discrete nature of their transmission facilities. However, the commission notes that Alcoa and Lockhart are not immune from being allocated costs if they benefit from regional transmission facilities selected in a regional transmission plan for purposes of cost allocation.

(To read more about FERC’s filing decisions, click here.)

Separately, FERC has announced support for a proposed a rule that would extend the scope of the systems that are protected by cybersecurity standards.

The proposal, submitted in January 2013 by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), constitutes version 5 of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards. According to FERC, the proposal is intended to improve the security posture of responsible entities and represents an improvement in the CIP standards.

The proposal includes 12 requirements with new cybersecurity controls that address issues such as electronic security perimeters, systems security management, incident reporting and response planning. It also would use a new, tiered approach to identifying and classifying bulk electric system cyber assets.

FERC is seeking comment on the proposed rule are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.




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