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FERC, CFTC, and State Energy Law Developments

On February 8, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a Reliability Technical Conference addressing issues related to prioritizing reliability risks confronting the Bulk Power System and prioritizing the Reliability Standards related to such risks.

This technical conference is being held in response to the concerns of industry stakeholders and reliability organizations that reliability compliance and the enforcement of Reliability Standards have not corresponded to the reliability risks confronting the Bulk Power System. As such, panelists at the Technical Conference will seek to identify and prioritize the most significant reliability risks and will address whether the current Reliability Standards effectively address those risks.

Other topics to be addressed during the technical conference include CIP Standards, Smart Grid applications, electromagnetic pulse issues, and emerging reliability issues, and along with the tools available to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to address these issues.

Read the proposed agenda for the Reliability Technical Conference.

Read comments made By Commissioner John R. Norris regarding the planned conference.