By Daniel Jenkins, NERC Reliability Specialist
As you know, on October 30, 2018, the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Inc. (FRCC), Board of Directors approved a timeline and plan to terminate its Amended and Restated Delegation Agreement with the North American Reliability Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). This action was formally approved on February 7, 2019 by the NERC board. On July 1, 2019, FRCC will wind down its Regional Entity functions. However, FRCC will continue its traditional member functions and coordinating roles, which include its work as a Reliability Coordinator and Planning Authority.
During the transition period, FRCC will work closely with NERC, as well as the SERC Reliability Corporation (SERC), to ensure that Registered
Entities within FRCC’s region experience a smooth transfer. This transition will result in SERC becoming the new Compliance Enforcement Authority for all NERC registered entities that are currently within the FRCC Region. All audits will take place as scheduled with either FRCC or SERC depending on the scheduled date. Audit notification letters will be sent no later than 90 days prior to the audit.
SERC is very supportive of its members and member groups. As a member, entities can participate in various technical committees and provide direct input to SERC regarding decisions that are being made for the region.
The dissolution of FRCC RE is in line with FERC’s direction to improve the separation between the Regional Entities and member services divisions. Meaning that the Regional Entities should be separate from the entities that it oversees.