Summary of NERC Penalties
Facilities Design, Connections, and Maintenance (FAC) Standard
Lack of establishment and facility ratings not consistent with its FRM
FERC enforcement determined that PacifiCorp violated FPA section 215(b)(1) and 18 C.F.R. § 39.2(b) (2022) between August 31, 2009, and August 2017, by failing to comply with FAC-009-1 R1, which requires a transmission owner, such as PacifiCorp, to establish and have facility ratings that are consistent with its FRM. Enforcement found that PacifiCorp’s FRM required it to consider NESC clearance standards when rating its BES transmission lines. Enforcement also found that PacifiCorp knew that clearance conditions existed on a majority of its BES transmission lines. Enforcement concluded that such clearance conditions failed to conform with NESC standards, which Enforcement concluded was required by PacifiCorp’s FRM. Enforcement found that there were clearance violations on at least 215 BES transmission lines, or 58 percent of PacifiCorp’s total lines. Enforcement also determined that PacifiCorp did not complete the remediation of all of the clearance conditions required to make the facility ratings consistent with PacifiCorp’s FRM until August 2017.
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