FERC calls conference on reliability of bulk power system

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission plans a technical conference July 9 on reliability of the bulk electricity system.

In April, FERC issued a proposed rulemaking to update Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards by expanding cyber security standards for the bulk electricity system, including hydroelectric projects.

FERC secured its authority over all reliability issues of the electricity system in 2009 when it declared, in cases of transmission grid reliability, it has jurisdiction over the Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies that operate hydroelectric projects.

The commission announced the technical conference will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9 at FERC headquarters in Washington. It also will be offered on a webcast obtainable via FERC’s Internet site, www.ferc.gov.

It said the conference is to discuss policy issues related to the reliability of the bulk power system. A formal agenda is to be issued at a later date and posted on FERC’s website.

For information, contact Sarah McKinley, Office of External Affairs, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., N.E., Washington, DC 20426; (1) 202-502-8368; E-mail: sarah.mckinley@ferc.gov.

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