NERC Files ERO Applications in the United States and Canada
On April 4, North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) filed its application to become the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in compliance with the final FERC rules governing the formation and approval of an ERO, which were established in accordance with the reliability provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 .
Concurrently with its FERC application, NERC made filings seeking comparable recognition from government authorities in Canada , including the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, and the National Energy Board .
NERC's goal is to have the authority to develop and enforce reliability standards for the bulk power system in both countries. NERC is working to receive all approvals necessary for it to begin operations as the ERO on January 1, 2007.