Effective Reliability Standards that are clear, consistent and technically sound, coupled with a strong standards enforcement program, form the foundation of NERC’s efforts to help maintain and improve the reliability of North America’s bulk power system. NERC provides a number of additional programs and services designed to support owners, operators and users of the bulk power system in their efforts to attain operational excellence. These include identifying issues before they have a chance to become critical, sharing best practices, supporting training and education, monitoring the international electric grid, benchmarking performance to provide the industry with an objective lens through which to view itself, and more as described below.
Reliability Standards are the planning and operating rules that electric utilities follow to ensure the most reliable system possible. These standards are developed by the industry using a balanced, open, fair and inclusive process managed by the NERC Standards Committee. The Committee is facilitated by NERC staff and comprised of representatives from many electric industry sectors.