In the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take certain actions to improve and maintain reliability of the nation’s electricity grid. It instructed FERC to create an organization that would establish a mandatory regime to assure electric reliability. FERC approved that organization, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, in July 2006. No longer relying on voluntary compliance, the agency has legal authority to enforce reliability standards on all owners, operators, and users of the bulk power system.
Electric Reliability Organization: Policy
Consumer representation and transparency
Policymakers should ensure that consumers are fully represented in the electric reliability organization and all aspects of the reliability oversight process, and that all confirmed reliability standard violations are disclosed fully and promptly in a publicly transparent process.