Whether assisting an entity with their compliance program or discussing compliance with a potential client, McCoy Power Consultants Inc. (MPC) strives to make the complicated subject of NERC compliance comprehensible.

Below are some resources we want to share with website viewers that seek additional information to understanding the scope of NERC compliance. Click on any link below and it will take you directly to the associated website for up-to-date information for industry news.


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC)


Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Inc. (FRCC)

Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO)

Northeast Power Coordinating Council, Inc. (NPCC)

SERC Reliability Corporation (SERC)

Southwest Power Pool (SSP)

Texas Reliability Entity, Inc. (TRE)

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC)

Independent System Operators

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO)

Independent System Operator – New England (ISO-NE)

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)

Additional Links of Interest

White House Executive Orders – Improving Critical Infrastructure – Cybersecurity
Executive Order – Cybersecurity

International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE)

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

American Power Dispatchers Association Inc. (APDA)

Industry Acronyms

In the electrical industry, the use of acronyms is a very common way of communicating. This also holds true with the NERC Reliability Standards and the language of compliance. To help you understand some of the more widely used acronyms, MPC has put together a  list of the more common acronyms used in the electrical utility industry and NERC Compliance.

ANSI – American National Standards Institute

BA – Balancing Authority

BAA– Balancing Authority Area

BES – Bulk Electric System

BIL– Basic Insulation Level

BSL – Basic (Switching) Surge Level

CEC– California Energy Commission

CERCLA–Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

CIP – Critical Infrastructure Protocols

CPUC–California Public Utilities Commission

DP Distribution Provider

ECC – Energy Control Center

EMS – Energy Management System

FPA– Federal Power Act

IA – Interchange Authority

IA – Interconnection Agreement

IEC– International Electro-technical Commission

IED – Intelligent Electronic Devices

IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

kVAR – Kilovolt-Amp Reactive

KV – Kilovolt

KWh – Kilowatt-hour

LSE– Load Serving Entity

MVAR – Megavolt-Amp Reactive

MW – Megawatt

NAESB– North American Energy Standards Board

NEMA National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association

NERC – North American Electric Reliability Council

NESC – National Electrical Safety Code

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

PA – Planning Authority

PLC Programmable Logic Controller

POI– Point of Interconnection

PSE – Purchase Selling Entity

RC– Reliability Coordinator

RP– Resource Planner

RTU – Remote Terminal Unit

SCADA – Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

SGIA – Small Generator Interconnection Agreement

SHPO – State Historic Preservation Officer

TO– Transmission Owner

TOP –Transmission Operator

TP Transmission Planner

WTG– Wind Turbine Generator