• FERC Approves $350k Settlement on FRCC's Role in Florida Blackout
  • March 19, 2010 | Authors: Daniel E. Frank; Caileen N. Gamache
  • Law Firm: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP - Washington Office
  • In an order issued on Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a settlement filed by its Office of Enforcement (OE) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) under which the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Inc. (FRCC) will pay a $350,000 civil penalty and take other actions designed to improve reliability. The settlement resolves alleged violations by FRCC of NERC Reliability Standards in connection with the 2008 Florida Blackout. The order underscores the uncertainty surrounding the determination of penalties for violations of the Reliability Standards, but emphasizes the need for creative, proactive strategies to ensure compliance with the NERC requirements and thereby enhance reliability.