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Align Projecthttps://rfirst.org/align-projectAlign Project<p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="">Release 1 Update and FAQ. See information <a href="/ProgramAreas/Enforcement/Resources/Enforcement%20Resources%20Library/Align%20Release%201%20Update%20and%20FAQs.pdf">here</a>.</span></p>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932019-09-05T04:00:00.0000000Z
Released the FERC and NERC Release Report on January 2018 Extreme Cold Weather Eventhttps://rfirst.org/released-the-ferc-and-nerc-release-report-on-january-2018-extreme-cold-weather-eventReleased the FERC and NERC Release Report on January 2018 Extreme Cold Weather Event<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;text-align:justify;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span></font> </p><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;text-align:justify;"><font size="3"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">ReliabilityFirst was pleased to be a part of the team and looks forward to continuing to work collaboratively to ensure cold weather preparedness. </span></font></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" size="3"> </font></div><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" size="3"><strong>Click here for:</strong> <em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="font-style:normal;text-decoration:underline;"><a href="https://www.nerc.com/pa/rrm/ea/Documents/South_Central_Cold_Weather_Event_FERC-NERC-Report_20190718.pdf"><em class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">South Central U.S. Cold Weather Event of January 17, 2018 Joint Report</em></a></span></span></em></font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="color:#1f497d;"><font face="Calibri" size="3"> </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932019-07-29T04:00:00.0000000Z
Align Project Updatehttps://rfirst.org/align-project-updateAlign Project Update<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Development and Training Update</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">The ERO Project Team is continuing to develop and test Release 1 of the Align Tool. Current work includes addressing must-have features identified during the May 2019 User Acceptance Testing by Regional Entity Staff. With this in mind, the development and testing phases of the project will require a 6-8 week extension that will consume most of the original training window scheduled for July, August, and early September. <strong>As a result, Regional Staff and Registered Entity training sessions will be rescheduled after September 15, 2019.</strong> ReliabilityFirst will continue to work closely with the ERO Project Team, and provide updates to our stakeholders on a revised schedule and registrations for both the Regional Staff and Registered Entity Align training sessions.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Deployment Update</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Due to the shift in dates for the development and training phases, the ERO Project Team and Steering Committee are considering a staged approach to the Align Tool Release 1 deployment. The approach would target the end of September for the first go-live with one or two Regions and have the remaining Regions live by the end of October. The Project Team and leadership are considering this option, but have not made any definitive decisions. The Steering Committee is convening in mid-July to further discuss and evaluate deployment options, and select an approach that ensures a successful launch. We will provide an update following the Steering Committee meeting. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact ReliabilityFirst Align Project Change Agent, <a href="mailto:ray.sefchik@rfirst.org">Ray Sefchik</a>.</span></p>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932019-06-26T04:00:00.0000000Z
Align Registered Entity Newsletterhttps://rfirst.org/align-registered-entity-newsletterAlign Registered Entity Newsletter<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> <font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">ReliabilityFirst is happy to share the latest <strong><em>Align Registered Entity Newsletter, to read click <a href="/about/Tools%20Portal%20Library/2019%20May%20Align%20Registered%20Entity%20Newsletter.pdf">here</a></em></strong>.  This issue provides information on the project goals and process improvements, Release 1 functionality, training dates with registration information, and an Align FAQs link. Please contact ReliabilityFirst Align project change agent, <a href="mailto:ray.sefchik@rfirst.org">Ray Sefchik</a> at </font><a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">ray.sefchik@rfirst.org</font></a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> with any questions.</font></font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932019-05-07T04:00:00.0000000Z
2018 Annual Reporthttps://rfirst.org/2018-annual-report2018 Annual Report<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;text-align:justify;"><strong class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><em><font color="#000000">ReliabilityFirst is proud to release its </font><span style="color:#c00000;">2018 Annual Report</span><font color="#000000">!</font></em></strong></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;text-align:justify;"><strong><em><font color="#000000"></font></em></strong> </p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> <em class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><font color="#000000">The 2018 Annual Report describes ReliabilityFirst’s activities in:(1) Risk Identification (identifying and prioritizing risks in our footprint), (2) Risk Mitigation (working with entities to ensure the mitigation of risks), and (3) Risk Communication (communicating risks and mitigation strategies to the ERO Enterprise, across our footprint, and/or to targeted entities).  The Annual Report also highlights ReliabilityFirst's 2018 Innovation Awards and Retreat, the 2018 CIP Themes Report, and provides trending and metrics on the latest risks and compliance challenges facing the industry.  </font></em></font></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font> </div><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><em class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><font color="#000000">We hope you enjoy the 2018 Annual Report and welcome your feedback.</font></em></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font> </div><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><strong class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><em><span style="color:#c00000;"><a href="/about/publicreports/Public%20Reports/2018%20Annual%20Report.pdf"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:#c00000;text-decoration:none;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to access the Annual Report</span></span></a></span></em></strong></div>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932019-04-10T04:00:00.0000000Z
RF Launches New Human Performance Knowledge Center Pagehttps://rfirst.org/rf-launches-new-human-performance-knowledge-center-pageRF Launches New Human Performance Knowledge Center Page<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:#333333;font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;">Human performance is a key component in the overall operation, management, and maintenance of the grid. RF has launched a new knowledge center page focused on human performance issues, to share lessons learned and best practices. This knowledge center page will be regularly updated as new resources become available. </span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:#333333;font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;"> </span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:#333333;font-family:"tahoma",sans-serif;">Visit the human performance knowledge center page <a href="/KnowledgeCenter/Risk%20Analysis/HP"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">here</font></span></a>.  </span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932019-03-20T04:00:00.0000000Z
Rob Eckenrod Named Vice President and General Counselhttps://rfirst.org/rob-eckenrod-named-vp-and-general-counselRob Eckenrod Named Vice President and General Counsel<p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">ReliabilityFirst (RF) is pleased to announce that Rob Eckenrod has been selected to assume the role of Vice President and General Counsel.  Rob most recently served as the Chief Compliance Officer for the PJM Interconnection, LLC (PJM).  </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">In his capacity as Chief Compliance Officer, Mr. Eckenrod was responsible for implementing and maintaining PJM's enterprise-wide compliance management and enforcement program as well as providing legal and policy advice and advocacy on behalf of PJM for all reliability compliance functions. Mr. Eckenrod accomplished this via overseeing multiple compliance business units and chairing PJM's compliance committee that reported directly to the PJM Board.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Tim Gallagher, RF's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated “I am delighted to be adding Rob to the RF team.  We are very fortunate to find someone with Rob's experience, talent, and knowledge of both the RF mission and our industry partners."</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">In addition to his successful tenure at PJM, Mr. Eckenrod is a former Pennsylvania public utility rate prosecutor and was also an advisor to a former Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Mr. Eckenrod will assume his new role at RF's headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio January 7, 2019.  We look forward to having Mr. Eckenrod join the RF leadership team.</span></p>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932018-11-20T05:00:00.0000000Z
Jason Blake Named SERC President and Chief Executive Officerhttps://rfirst.org/jason-blake-named-serc-presidend-and-chief-executive-officerJason Blake Named SERC President and Chief Executive Officer<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>ReliabilityFirst (RF) announces that Vice President and General Counsel, Jason Blake, will be stepping down from his current position in order to assume the role as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the SERC Reliability Corporation.  </p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2" color="#000000"> </font> </div><p>Tim Gallagher, RF’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated “both I and the entire RF organization are extremely pleased that Jason has been chosen for such an important position.  This is a great move, not just for SERC, but for the entire ERO Enterprise.  Jason is eminently qualified to lead SERC and I look forward to working with him in his new capacity and continuing the strong relationship that we have built over the years with our friends at SERC.  Our pride in seeing him named CEO is matched only by our sadness in seeing such a great friend and valued colleague leave the RF family.  I thank Jason for his vital and strong contributions to our success over the years; he certainly leaves huge shoes to fill.”  Lisa Barton, Chair of the RF Board of Directors, added “on behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for Jason’s outstanding leadership and lasting contributions to the organization.”</p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2" color="#000000"> </font> </div><p>RF is in the process of initiating a search for a new Vice President and General Counsel.  Until the position is filled, Megan Gambrel, Managing Legal & Regulatory Counsel, will serve as Interim Vice President and General Counsel, effective November 15, 2018.</p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2" color="#000000"> </font> </div><p>During his successful tenure at RF, Blake played a major leadership role in guiding RF through its start-up phase into a sustainable risk-based organization that is focused on ensuring the reliability and security of the Bulk-Power System.  Blake commented, “it has been an enormous privilege to have helped lead RF during such an important, transformative period.  I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished and grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of the RF team and its important mission.”  Blake concluded, “I want to thank the Board of Directors, Tim and the leadership team, and the entire RF staff for their trust, partnership, and friendship throughout my career at RF.”</p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2" color="#000000"> </font> </div><p>Blake will assume his new role at SERC’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 15, 2018.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932018-10-22T04:00:00.0000000Z
RF Protection Subcommitteehttps://rfirst.org/rf-protection-subcommitteeRF Protection Subcommittee<p style="text-align:justify;">​The Protection Subcommittee held its Spring meeting at the RF offices on April 4-5, 2018.  They reviewed misoperation metrics for 2017 and the latest enhancements to and reporting procedures for the Misoperation Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS).  The group discussed when to report misoperations and operations under different scenarios.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition to excellent entity participation, we were pleased to have NERC in attendance to provide an overview of the analysis performed by the Inverter-Based Resource Performance Task Force, which was formed in response to loss of generation events in the Western Interconnection in 2017. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Future discussions will delve into the 2019 short circuit coordination effort, and the group’s next meetings will be a conference call on July 11, 2018 and a meeting on October 10-11, 2018 at the RF offices in Cleveland. The fall meeting will include a training session with SEL University on pilot protection.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Interested in joining the RF Protection Subcommittee? Its purpose is to provide a protection-related forum to identify, discuss, and address protective relay and control issues including both generator and transmission protection.  Membership is open to all RF registered Entities with technical expertise in system protection. The group meets quarterly, alternating conference calls with in-person meetings at our offices. Please contact <a href="mailto:%20billcrossland@rfirst.org">Bill Crossland </a>or <a href="mailto:%20%20john.idzior@rfirst.org">John Idzior </a>for more information. </p>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932018-06-18T04:00:00.0000000Z
RF Critical Infrastructure Protection Committeehttps://rfirst.org/rf-critical-infrastructure-protection-committeeRF Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee<p style="text-align:justify;">​The RF CIPC met April 25th in conjunction with the RF Spring Workshop. During the meeting, Bhesh Krishnappa of RF discussed an approach for developing cyber resilience metrics and requested volunteers from the CIPC to assist with further research. The remainder of the meeting was conducted as a pens-down open discussion among the attendees.</p>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932018-06-18T04:00:00.0000000Z

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