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Kenneth Wilson WECC Staff Bulk Electric System (BES) Definition Update May 14-15, 2013 RS Meeting, Salt Lake City.

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1 Kenneth Wilson WECC Staff Bulk Electric System (BES) Definition Update May 14-15, 2013 RS Meeting, Salt Lake City

2 2 “Core” BES Definition FERC Order BES Definition Processes Definitional Exclusion Reporting Process Rules of Procedure Exception Process Local Distribution Process De-registration Process Staff Points of Contact Overview

3 BES Core Definition

4 4 BES Definition – Base “… all Transmission Elements operated at 100 kV or higher and Real and Reactive Power resources connected at 100 kV or higher. This does not include facilities used in the local distribution of electric energy.”

5 5 The BES Definition provides specific criteria for “definitional” inclusions and exclusions o I1 – I5, E1 – E4 These do not need to be submitted through the Rules of Procedure (RoP) Exception Process Element changes to the BES are reported to the Regions for review BES Definition – Definitional Inclusions and Exclusions

6 6 I1 - Transformers with the primary terminal and at least one secondary terminal operated at 100 kV or higher unless excluded under Exclusion E1 or E3. I2 - Generating resource(s) with gross individual nameplate rating greater than 20 MVA or gross plant/facility aggregate nameplate rating greater than 75 MVA including the generator terminals through the high- side of the step-up transformer(s) connected at a voltage of 100 kV or above. I3 - Blackstart Resources identified in the Transmission Operator’s restoration plan. Definitional Inclusions

7 7 I4 - Dispersed power producing resources with aggregate capacity greater than 75 MVA (gross aggregate nameplate rating) utilizing a system designed primarily for aggregating capacity, connected at a common point at a voltage of 100 kV or above. I5 –Static or dynamic devices (excluding generators) dedicated to supplying or absorbing Reactive Power that are connected at 100 kV or higher, or through a dedicated transformer with a high-side voltage of 100 kV or higher, or through a transformer that is designated in Inclusion I1. Definitional Inclusions (cont.)

8 8 E1 - Radial systems: A group of contiguous transmission Elements that emanates from a single point of connection of 100 kV or higher and: a)Only serves Load. or, b) Only includes generation resources, not identified in Inclusion I3, with an aggregate capacity less than or equal to 75 MVA (gross nameplate rating). or, c) Where the radial system serves Load and includes generation resources, not identified in Inclusion I3, with an aggregate capacity of non-retail generation less than or equal to 75 MVA (gross nameplate rating). Note – A normally open switching device between radial systems, as depicted on prints or one-line diagrams for example, does not affect this exclusion. Definitional Exclusions

9 9 E2 - A generating unit or multiple generating units on the customer’s side of the retail meter that serve all or part of the retail Load with electric energy if: (i) the net capacity provided to the BES does not exceed 75 MVA, and (ii) standby, back-up, and maintenance power services are provided to the generating unit or multiple generating units or to the retail Load by a Balancing Authority, or provided pursuant to a binding obligation with a Generator Owner or Generator Operator, or under terms approved by the applicable regulatory authority. Definitional Exclusions (cont.)

10 10 E3 - Local networks (LN): A group of contiguous transmission Elements operated at or above 100 kV but less than 300 kV that distribute power to Load rather than transfer bulk power across the interconnected system. LN’s emanate from multiple points of connection at 100 kV or higher to improve the level of service to retail customer Load and not to accommodate bulk power transfer across the interconnected system. The LN is characterized by all of the following: a)Limits on connected generation: The LN and its underlying Elements do not include generation resources identified in Inclusion I3 and do not have an aggregate capacity of non-retail generation greater than 75 MVA (gross nameplate rating) ; b)Power flows only into the LN and the LN does not transfer energy originating outside the LN for delivery through the LN; and c)Not part of a Flowgate or transfer path: The LN does not contain a monitored Facility of a permanent Flowgate in the Eastern Interconnection, a major transfer path within the Western Interconnection, or a comparable monitored Facility in the ERCOT or Quebec Interconnections, and is not a monitored Facility included in an Interconnection Reliability Operating Limit (IROL). E4 – Reactive Power devices owned and operated by the retail customer solely for its own use. Definitional Exclusions (cont.)

11 FERC Order

12 12 Approved by NERC Board of Trustees on 1/19/12 FERC proposed to approve definition and revisions to the Rules of Procedure in its 6/22/12 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking FERC approval 12/20/12 (Order 773) FERC final approval 4/18/13 (Order 773-A) BES Definition - History

13 13 Definition effective July 1, 2013 Compliance for newly added facilities July 1, 2015 Effective Dates

14 14 Local Distribution E1 and E3 do not apply to generation tie lines (NERC will Modify Definition) 100 kV minimum on local networks removed (NERC will Modify Definition) FERC can designate elements as part of the BES on its own Registered Entities must notify its Regional Entity of elements that changed BES status per application of the new BES definition (per section 501 of RoP) FERC Order Changes

15 Definitional Inclusion/Exclusions Reporting Process

16 16 Provides guidance on application Revisions related to FERC order and comments received expected in April NERC Informational webinar after release of document BES Definition Guidance Document

17 17 Required by paragraph 317 of FERC Order 773 and Section 501 of the NERC Rules of Procedure Notification through “NERC BES Notification and Exception System” available July 1, 2013 Submission by asset owner (GO/TO) More detailed info at 5/30 webinar Notification of Self-Determination

18 18 Data Required o List of element(s) that are included/exclude per the definition o System Map o If required two years of flow data into network WECC registration staff notifies entities of concurrence/non- concurrence of elements Definitional Exclusion/Inclusion Reporting Process

19 Rules of Procedure Exception Process

20 20 “ Elements may be included or excluded on a case-by-case basis through the Rules of Procedure exception process.” Exceptions requests will only be considered after Compliance staff determines the network/element is in the BES per the definition Rules of Procedure Exception Process

21 21 (a) Exclusion Exception An entity may request and obtain Approval from NERC for an Exclusion Exception on the grounds that the Element(s) for which the Exception Request is filed is included within the BES based on application of the BES Definition but is not necessary for the Reliable Operation of the interconnected bulk-power transmission system as evidenced by Required Information provided pursuant to Detailed Information to Support an Exception Request (Section III.B of the Exception Request Form). Ongoing RoP Exception Process Activities

22 22 (b) Inclusion Exception An entity may request and obtain Approval from NERC for an Inclusion Exception on the grounds that the Element(s) for which the Exception Request is filed is not included within the BES based on application of the BES Definition but is necessary for the Reliable Operation of the interconnected bulk-power transmission system as evidenced by Required Information provided pursuant to Detailed Information to Support an Exception Request (Section III.B of the Exception Request Form). Ongoing RoP Exception Process Activities

23 23 Section 215 of the FPA states: o ‘‘(4) The term ‘reliable operation’ means operating the elements of the bulk-power system within equipment and electric system thermal, voltage, and stability limits so that instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading failures of such system will not occur as a result of a sudden disturbance, including a cybersecurity incident, or unanticipated failure of system elements.” Federal Power Act

24 24 Entity submits request Regional Entity accepts or rejects (submitting entity can appeal) If accepted, Regional Entity performs substantive review Regional Entity recommends approval or disapproval (if recommending disapproval, forward request to Technical Review Panel (TRP)) NERC makes final decision (submitting entity can appeal) RoP Exception Process

25 25 Scope of responsibility: o Owner o Regional Entity (RE) o Planning Authority (PA) o Reliability Coordinator (RC) o Transmission Operator (TOP) o Transmission Planner (TP) o Balancing Authority (BA) Eligible Submitter

26 26 Complete screening either 60 days after initial receipt or 30 days after receiving owner’s response, whichever is later Assign unique identifier Review for whether: o Submitting entity was eligible o Required information was submitted Send notice to submitter Regional Entity Can accept or reject in whole or in part Initial Screening

27 27 Complete within six months of acceptance Regional Entity may request additional info Regional Entity develops recommendation o If recommendation is for disapproval, engage a TRP  Not involved in original review  Regional Entity not bound by recommendation of TRP Submitting entity or owner can supplement the request at any time Substantive Review

28 28 Complete 90 days after receiving Recommendation NERC develops team of three subject matter experts to review request NERC may request interviews with Regional Entity, submitting entity, or owner NERC President makes final decision Approval or Disapproval

29 29 Registered entity training/outreach to come o Submittal process o Acceptable file formats o Start dates o Guidance on detailed information for Section III Ongoing RoP Exception Process Activities

30 30 May 24, 9am MT, Application of Definition webinar May 30, 2pm MT, Notification of Self Determination webinar June 4-5, Compliance Users Group June 11, 2pm MT, Exception Process for TO/GOs webinar June 13, 2pm MT, Exception Process for TOP/BA/RC/PC webinar June 20, 3pm MT, Next Steps and Q&A webinar June 17-28, NERC webinars on BES Notification and Exception System July 1, 2013 BES Definition Effective Date Outreach and other important dates

31 31 A one-line breaker diagram identifying the Element(s) for which the exception is requested must be supplied with every request. The diagram(s) supplied should also show the Protection Systems at the interface points associated with the Elements for which the exception is being requested. The Detailed Information to Support an Exception Request provides a list of questions for Transmission Elements and Generation Resources that should be addressed (see _posting_exception_request_form_ _clean.pdf) _posting_exception_request_form_ _clean.pdf Detailed Information to Support an Exception Request

32 32 Entities are required to supply the data and studies needed to support their submittal. Studies should: o Be based on an Interconnection-wide base case that is suitably complete and detailed to reflect the electrical characteristics and system topology; o Clearly document all assumptions used; o Address key performance measures of BES reliability through steady-state power flow; and, transient stability analysis as necessary to support the entity’s request, consistent with the methodologies described in the Transmission Planning (TPL) standard and commensurate with the scope of the request. Supporting statements for the submitted position from other entities are encouraged. Detailed Information to Support an Exception Request

33 Local Distribution

34 34 Submit requests directly to FERC FERC will use the 7 Factor Test (Order 888) to determine applicability Once FERC issues a favorable decision the Local Distribution network is no longer part of the BES. Local Distribution

35 De-registration Process

36 36 Current Process o Submit letter to identifying reason for request (i.e. definitional exclusion, exception request Future Process o Notification through “NERC BES Notification and Exception System” available July 1, 2013 De-registration Process

37 37 Application of “Core” Definition and Definitional Exclusion Submittals, De- registration Process o Richard Mabry:  Phone: Rules of Procedure Exception Process o Kenneth Wilson:  Phone: WECC Staff Contacts

38 Kenneth Wilson – Richard Mabry – Questions?


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