SERC Update - May 12, 2021 - NERC Further Extends Self-Logging Program Expansion and Deferment of On-Site Activities through December 31, 2021

by Marnie Moskowitz | May 12, 2021
SERC staff provide a summary of what SERC entities need to know about the new guidance

In May 2020, the ERO Enterprise released guidance that provided regulatory relief related to registered entities’ COVID-19 response and temporarily expanded the Self-Logging Program. As the pandemic progressed, the ERO Enterprise extended this guidance each of the past several quarters. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the ERO Enterprise is further extending this expansion through December 31, 2021, to allow all registered entities to self-log instances of potential noncompliance with minimal or moderate risk related to their COVID-19 response.

The ERO Enterprise will also continue to defer on-site audits through December 31, 2021. As COVID-19 cases and vaccine administration evolve, this will allow registered entities to continue to focus their resources on keeping their workforces safe and the lights on. The ERO Enterprise has had success throughout 2020 and into 2021 in coordinating remote virtual audits and other activities that were originally scheduled to be on-site, which will continue. On-site CMEP work remains an important part of assessing reliability and security, and the ERO Enterprise looks forward to resuming on-site work when it is safe to do so. When that happens, the ERO Enterprise will coordinate on-site activities in a manner that prioritizes risk and safety.

While the ERO Enterprise will continue to evaluate the circumstances, given anticipated developments in COVID-19 response throughout 2021, it anticipates that this extension will be the final extension of this guidance. 

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