North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

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The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a not-for-profit international regulatory authority whose mission is to assure the reliability and security of the bulk power system in North America. NERC develops and enforces Reliability Standards; annually assesses seasonal and long‐term reliability; monitors the bulk power system through system awareness; and educates, trains, and certifies industry personnel. NERC’s area of responsibility spans the continental United States, Canada, and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico.

NERC is the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) for North America, subject to oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and governmental authorities in Canada. NERC’s jurisdiction includes users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system, which serves more than 334 million people. NERC delegated some of its authority to 9 different regional entities across North America to create, monitor, and enforce mandatory reliability standards.  The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) is the regional entity that monitors and enforces reliability standards in the Western Interconnection subject to oversight by NERC and FERC.  These reliability standards apply to electric utilities and other entities that own or operate generation, transmission, or other facilities in the bulk electric system. Entities found to be in violation of reliability standards are subject to financial penalties and other enforcement actions. NERC has offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C.