FERC Holds Fast To Solar Flare Rule For Grid Operators

Law360, New York (August 9, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday refused to revisit its rule requiring grid operators to develop ways to protect the nation's bulk power system from geomagnetic disturbances such as solar flares, rejecting a grid operator's argument that the rule's implementation would be too inflexible and time-consuming.

Geomagnetic disturbances, or GMDs, are created by events such as solar flares that alter the earth's magnetic field. They happen infrequently, but they can cause blackouts and damage electrical equipment. FERC finalized a rule in May directing the North...
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