Summary of NERC Penalties
Gila Bend Operations Company (GBOC)
Lack of internal knowledge or expertise to draft and implement the FRM.
Facilities Design, Connections, and Maintenance (FAC) Standard
FAC-008-3 R2 and FAC-008-3 R6.
WECC found several issues with GBOC’s Facility Ratings Methodology (FRM). WECC determined that GBOC’s FRM did not
- include the statement that a Facility Rating shall respect the most limiting applicable Equipment Rating of the individual equipment that comprises that Facility;
- specify under what conditions each rating was meant to be used, and was not consistent GBOC’s one-line diagrams;
- identify clearly the Points of Interconnection with the TOP or specify how ratings for jointly owned Facilities should be determined; and
- have Facility Ratings listed for six current transformers as elements of the 18 kV (low side) or the 525 kV (high side) circuits.
In June 2017, Salt River Project (SRP) acquired the Gila River Power Station (GRPS) Block 4 from Gila River Power, LLC, registered with NERC as Gila Bend Operating Company (GBOC), and in May 2018 SRP acquired the GRPS Blocks 1 and 2 from Sundevil Power. Previously, GBOC subcontracted its operational responsibilities to EthosEnergy, and in June 2018 operational responsibilities transferred to SRP.
The cause of this violation was lack of internal knowledge or expertise to draft and implement the FRM. WECC determined that the violations resolved in this Settlement Agreement collectively posed a serious and substantial risk to the reliability of the bulk power system (BPS).
- The violations of WECC2019022528 and WECC2019022529 collectively posed a serious and substantial risk to the reliability of the BPS;
- GBOC accepted responsibility and admitted to the violation;
- GBOC was cooperative throughout the compliance enforcement process; and
- there were no other mitigating or aggravating factors or extenuating circumstances that would affect the assessed penalty/disposition method.
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