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Revised Bulk Electric System Definition
The new FERC-approved definition of the Bulk Electric System went into effect on July 1, 2014. Registered Entities with newly-identified elements that are reported to SPP RE (Self-Determined Notifications) have until July 1, 2016 to bring these facilities into compliance with NERC standards. Elements which are no longer part of the BES due to the definition change should also be reported to SPP RE to end compliance obligations. Additionally, Registered Entities may file Exception Requests to:
1) exclude elements that meet the bright-line definition, or
2) include elements which do not meet the bright-line of the definition.
BESnet is the NERC-wide reporting tool to file Self-Determined Notifications and Exception Requests.
Bulk power system owners, operators, and users located and/or operating in the SPP RE region that perform one or more of the functions below (as defined in the NERC Reliability Standards' Glossary of Terms with responsibilities designated by Reliability Standards and NERC Statement of Compliance Registry Criteria) must register with SPP RE for each function performed:
Reliability Coordinator (RC)
Balancing Authority (BA)
Transmission Operator (TOP)
Transmission Owners (TO)
Generator Operators (GOP)
Generator Owners (GO)
Transmission Service Providers (TSP)
Planning Authorities/Planning Coordinator (PA/PC)
Transmission Planners (TP)
Resource Planners (RP)
Load-Serving Entities (LSE)
Distribution Providers (DP)
Registered Entities seeking to register shall complete a SPP RE NERC Functional Registration Form (Registration Application) and submit it to SPP RE. Once the registration process has been completed, the entity's registration data shall be placed on the NERC compliance registry. The program, conducted by NERC and the Regional Entities, also confirms the functions and information for currently-Registered Entities.When there is a change a Registered Entity's functions, it shall submit a revised Registration Application to the SPP RE for review and approval.
Entities registered as Reliability Coordinator (RC), Balancing Authority (BA), and Transmission Operator (TOP) are also required to be certified. The certification process is described in the ERO Certification Manual.