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FERC, CFTC, and State Energy Law Developments

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has issued for comment a draft timeline for the implementation of mandatory Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards at nuclear power plants. Previously, in Order No. 706-B, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) clarified that balance of plant systems, structures, and components (SSCs) within a nuclear power plant are subject to the eight CIP Reliability Standards approved By FERC in Order No. 706. NERC is now seeking stakeholder input regarding the appropriate schedule for bringing nuclear power plants into compliance with the CIP Reliability Standards.

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By Stephen M. Spina, Lawrence J. Chandler, Jonathan M. Rund, and J. Daniel Skees