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Great River Energy fosters a culture where compliance with reliability standards set by the North American Electric
Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a regular part of our daily work. To help ensure secure, reliable service to members,
Great River Energy participates in key exercises and forums and works to shape reliability standards by providing
expertise and leadership in the compliance and security arenas.
Great River Energy participates in the ESCC, which is made up of industry CEOs who set strategies for addressing cybersecurity issues. The council works with U.S. government officials to coordinate and align utility efforts toward common national security, resilience and preparedness-related goals.
The E-ISAC acts as an information clearing house and coordinates information sharing about cyber incidents for utilities. Great River Energy is an E-ISAC participant and has a seat on the Member Executive Committee, made up of industry executives who guide the operations and roadmap for this important organization.
Great River Energy participates in this biennial, two-day exercise, which is designed to enhance the coordination of cyber and physical security resources and practices within the industry. It also is designed to enhance communication with government partners and other stakeholders, including those in Canada and Mexico. The exercise gives participants like Great River Energy the opportunity to self-assess their emergency response and recovery plans through a simulated exercise that takes place across North America.
Great River Energy holds a seat on the board of directors for the Midwest Reliability Organization, providing utility insight and expertise to help ensure reliability standards are shaped in the best interest of members and electricity consumers in general.
Great River Energy is a member of the Minnesota Transmission Assessment and Compliance Team, which analyzes transmission facilities for participating utilities to help ensure compliance with certain NERC reliability standards. This team conducts near- and long-term assessments of the transmission grid.
Great River Energy participates with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) in annual emergency response and power system restoration drills. These drills serve a variety of purposes, with a primary objective of strengthening emergency operating procedures and promoting cooperative development of restoration strategies. The drills also facilitate compliance by MISO member and non-member companies by providing coordinated training through simulation exercises.
NERC technical committees serve as expert advisory panels to the NERC Board of Trustees and provide industry input and expertise to the goals of the organization. Great River Energy provides leadership on the Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee which addresses cyber and physical security issues, and the Operating Committee which addresses operating reliability matters.
NERC is a not-for-profit international regulatory authority whose mission is to assure the reliability and security of the bulk electric system in North America, which includes transmission lines and facilities operating at 100 kilovolts and above. NERC is governed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a government agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity and other utilities.
The MRO assists NERC in maintaining reliability in the Midwestern U.S. The MRO is the organization that performs Great River Energy’s compliance audits.