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Technical Talk with RF Talk with RF Conference Call11/16/2020 7:00:00 PM11/16/2020 8:30:00 PM<p>​​​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">ReliabilityFirst (RF) offers a regularly scheduled monthly call to provide Entities and stakeholders with a forum for addressing topics and questions relevant to reliability, resiliency and security. These calls are held on the third Monday of each month from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">While RF subject matter experts (SMEs) will provide presentations and updates, they will not address entity-specific questions and issues. These types of questions can be handled offline by utilizing the RF </span><a href="/ProgramAreas/EntityEngage/AssistVisits/Pages/AssistVisits.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">Assist Visit Program</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">. If you have any questions, please reach out to Brian Thiry, Entity Engagement Manager, via email or 216-503-0636. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">WebEx Link:  </span><a href=""><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click Here</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Meeting Number: 172 257 0322<br><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Meeting Password: 0123456789<br><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Join by phone: 1-650-479-3207, Access Code: 172 257 0322</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Please join us on using <strong>#TechTalkRF </strong>as the event code</span></p><h1 style="text-align:justify;"><strong class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Tentative Agenda Topics</strong></h1><p><strong class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Cold Weather Readiness – Standard Authorization Request (SAR) Update</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Don Urban – Principal Analyst, Risk Analysis & Mitigation</span></p><ul><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Mr. Urban will provide an update on the proposed standard development project initiated to review and address the recommendations provided from the FERC and NERC report “The South Central United States Cold Weather Bulk Electronic System Event of January 17, 2018" to enhance the reliability of the BES during cold weather events through preparation.</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">This presentation is especially relevant for Generator Owners and Operators, Reliability Coordinators, and Balancing Authorities preparing for extreme cold weather conditions.</span></li></ul><p><strong class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Exercise Master Planner Database</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Bheshaj Krishnappa – Program Manager, Risk & Resiliency</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">David Sopata – Principal Reliability Consultant, Entity Engagement</span></p><ul><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Testing incident response plans for cyber and physical security scenarios can be a key factor to improving resiliency in the face of dynamic emerging threats. This presentation will focus on RF's efforts to develop a BES Exercise Master Planner Database tool with a variety of current Cyber/Physical security test cases, scenarios and injects which stakeholders can utilize to evaluate, benchmark and mature their incident preparedness and resilience. </span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">This presentation is especially relevant for all cyber and physical security personnel who are in charge of evaluating entity's incident response and preparedness posture.</span></li></ul><p><strong class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Vegetation Management Update – Lessons Learned and Audit Approaches</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Beth Rettig – Technical Auditor, Operations and Planning Compliance Monitoring</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Johnny Gest – Manager, Engineering and System Performance</span></p><ul><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">Ms. Rettig and Mr. Gest will recap the trends, root causes and lessons learned from vegetation related outages in the RF footprint. They will share our audit approach regarding right-of-way visits and share how participating in the RF Community of Practice can help drive continuous improvement.</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1">This presentation is especially relevant for all Transmission Owners and Generator Owners responsible for managing vegetation and minimizing encroachments on or adjacent to transmission rights of way.</span></li></ul><p><br> </p>

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