The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – FERC – is a U.S. federal agency with broad oversight and jurisdiction over the energy sector for the United States. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation – NERC – is the actual organization charged with reliability standards, enforcement and compliance, assessment, infrastructure security, training, certification, and other supporting mandates. Specifically, NERC is the electric reliability organization (ERO) certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to establish and enforce reliability standards for the bulk power system for the U.S.
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Additionally, NERC has in place a well-known and respected cybersecurity platform known as the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standard, which outlines broad and expansive requirements for ensuring the safety of critical infrastructure assets of electrical utilities. As for FERC and NERC, learn more by visiting the following websites:
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission | FERC.
- The North American Electric Reliability Corporation | NERC.
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