Cooperatives are committed to providing reliable power at the lowest cost to their consumer members and protecting the reliability and security of the bulk power system. Over the last several years, cooperatives have worked diligently with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and federal agencies to strengthen reliability standards — including a significant set of cybersecurity standards — to maintain and protect the reliability of the bulk power system.
NRECA is working with its member cooperatives who are required to comply with NERC’s reliability and cybersecurity standards to develop and implement strategies and programs that will lead to a culture of compliance.
Where We Stand
- Cooperatives strongly support NERC’s role as the delegated “Electric Reliability Organization” and the NERC standards development process which appropriately relies on industry expertise and consensus for the development of the most effective standards.
- NRECA believes that mandatory standards compliance and enforcement processes and actions must be consistent across all eight NERC Regional Entities.
- Mandatory reliability standards should improve reliability without causing unreasonable cost impacts or inappropriately affecting the operation of cooperative systems.