FERC Seeks New Rules To Avoid Grid Disturbances

Law360, New York (October 18, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Thursday it is planning to adopt new standards to protect the nation's bulk power system against geomagnetic disturbances, arguing current regulations aren't strong enough.

In a notice of proposed rulemaking, FERC called on the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to develop a set of geomagnetic disturbance standards to fill regulatory gaps that leave the grid vulnerable to disruptions. Geomagnetic disturbances, or GMDs, are created by events like solar flares that alter the earth's magnetic field. They happen infrequently, but they...
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