NAGF News Bullets for Bi-Week ending 12/2/2022 & 12/16/2022

NAGF News Bullets for Bi-Week ending 12/2/2022 & 12/16/2022

  • Upcoming NAGF Conference Calls/Webinars
    • NAGF SRT Comment Development Webinar for NERC Project 2020-06 Draft #2: January 3rd @ 02:00-03:00 pm Eastern
    • NAGF SRT Monthly Webinar: January 4th @ 11:00-12:00 pm Eastern
    • NAGF CIP working Group Monthly Webinar: January 10th @ 02:00-03:00 pm Eastern

(Webinar information can be found on the NAGF website Event Calendar.)

  • NAGF 2023 Membership Dues

The invoices for 2023 membership dues were emailed to the respective company contacts on December 11th. Note that 2023 membership dues amounts are unchanged from 2022. They can be paid by three methods:

(please make sure you fill in all of the appropriate payment fields to ensure you get credit for the payment)

    • Check mailed to the NAGF PO Box on the Invoice
    • ACH initiated by the member company

Please contact Jim Rappach – NAGF Treasurer (jarappach@aep.com ) or me with any questions.

  •  FERC Orders Study of Effectiveness of Physical Reliability Standards for the Power Grid

On December 15, 2022, FERC directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to study the effectiveness of the existing reliability standard for physical security of the Bulk Power System and determine whether the standard needs to be improved. The order cites the need for continued vigilance against physical threats to the Bulk Power System, considering the recent increases in physical attacks on electrical substations that, in some instances, have cut power to tens of thousands of customers. The order gives NERC 120 days to submit a report that examines the effectiveness of the current physical security standard, specifically how physical security protections are being applied, whether improvements to existing requirements are necessary, and whether some minimal level of physical security protections should be required for all Bulk Power System stations, substations and associated primary control centers.

FERC Orders Study of Effectiveness of Physical Reliability Standards for Power Grid | Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • NERC’s New Strategy Seeks to Ensure Reliability by Integrating Cyber and Physical Security into Grid Planning, Design, Operation

The transformation of the grid is expanding the existing attack surface due to the changing resource mix as well as the use of emerging technologies. Focusing on and mitigating known and emerging cyber and physical security risks is critical to the ERO Enterprise’​s mission of assuring the reliability, resilience and security of the North American electric grid.

NERC is integrating cyber and physical security concepts more holistically into transmission planning, engineering design and system operations to ensure that mitigating security controls are considered as early in the process as possible. The new NERC Security Integration Strategy, which is primarily focused on risk identification and validation, prioritization and development of possible mitigations, outlines ERO priorities to enhance security integration through working collaboratively with electricity sector stakeholders.

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  • NAGF Quarterly Member Discussion Webinar

The NAGF has quarterly webinars to enhance communication and engage NAGF members regarding recent NAGF activities, upcoming initiatives, and acquire member feedback regarding activities of interest. The fourth quarter webinar of 2022 was held on December 8th with over 40 participants. Items discussed included NAGF commenting on active NERC Projects, NAGF Policy Input for the November 2022 NERC MRC/BOT meeting, NAGF website demonstration, and the FERC Order on IBRs. The agenda/meeting minutes are available in the NAGF website file cabinet under the ‘NAGF Meetings Information\Quarterly Member Meetings\2022” folder and are posted on the members-only dashboard home page.

Thanks,

Wayne

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