FERC Changes CIP V5 Implementation Date


AUSTIN, TX (February 25) – This afternoon, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a request from trade associations to move the date for implementing the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) version 5 Reliability Standards from April 1, 2016 to July 1, 2016. The new deadline applies to entities with High and Medium Impact Bulk Electric System (BES) Cyber Systems.

On February 4, the trade associations requested the deadline extension from FERC to align with the effective date for revised CIP Reliability Standards approved on January 21. The trade associations argued that timing issues resulting from having two related implementation dates within a few months “unnecessarily complicates the ongoing transition to the new versions and presents a significant increase in administrative burdens with no tangible benefits to security or bulk power reliability.” The associations also noted that if the date wasn’t changed, a training burden involving hundreds and, and for some companies, thousands of employees would be created.

The request for the deadline extension was filed by the Edison Electric Institute, the American Public Power Association, Electricity Consumers Resources Council, Electric Power Supply Association, Large Public Power Council, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Transmission Access Policy Study Group.

For a complete copy ¬†of today’s FERC decision, click here.

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