• FERC Affirms Approach to Definition of Bulk Electric System
  • March 23, 2011 | Authors: Daniel E. Frank; Jennifer J. Kubicek
  • Law Firm: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP - Washington Office
  • In Order No. 743-A, issued on March 17, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has affirmed its requirement that the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) revise its definition of “Bulk Electric System” (BES), which is the set of electric transmission, generation and related facilities that are necessary for the reliable operation of the interconnected electric transmission network and that are subject to the requirements of NERC’s mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards. Although Order No. 743-A largely upholds that requirement, FERC nonetheless appears to have softened its prior approach in directing NERC to revise the definition of BES.