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TANCís Reliability Standards Compliance Program

TANCís Reliability Standards Compliance Program supports TANCís culture of compliance with its regulatory obligations, particularly the mandatory bulk power system reliability standards. The compliance program identifies responsibilities, resources, training activities, procedures, and reporting obligations to effectively achieve and demonstrate compliance with all applicable reliability standards.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorized the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to oversee the development and enforcement of mandatory reliability standards for the bulk power system. Violations of the standards could result in civil penalties as high as $1 million per violation per day.

FERC designated the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) as the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO). As the ERO, NERC has promulgated more than 100 continent-wide reliability standards that upon FERC approval are applicable to the users, owners and operators of the bulk power system. Applicability to each such entity is determined according to the functions that the entity performs in the course of its business operations.

NERC maintains a FERC-approved Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) and annually develops a CMEP Implementation Plan. NERC has designated the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) as the Regional Entity responsible for the Western Interconnection and has delegated ERO oversight authority to WECC for the region. NERC's annual CMEP Implementation Plan typically includes an appendix that describes WECC's current approach to monitoring and enforcing compliance with the continent-wide NERC standards and the regionally-specific WECC standards.

TANC is the majority owner of the California-Oregon Transmission Project (COTP), a 500-kV transmission line extending from the California-Oregon border to Central California, and has registered with NERC for the functions of Transmission Owner (TO), Transmission Service Provider (TSP), and Transmission Planner (TP). Based upon its functional registrations, TANC must comply or demonstrate non-applicability with all FERC-approved reliability standards requirements that are nominally applicable to TO, TSP, and TP.

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