The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) and the Northeast Power Coordinating Council Inc. (NPCC) have signed a critical agreement with the Regie de l'Energie in Quebec, providing for the two organizations to assist the Regie in establishing mandatory reliability standards in Quebec. The agreement also introduces a compliance monitoring and enforcement program in the province.
‘We are pleased to join with the Regie to help ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in Quebec and across North America,’ says Rick Sergel, NERC president and CEO. ‘We firmly believe that a common set of reliability standards and appropriate enforcement mechanisms are needed across the continent to ensure the reliable generation and delivery of electricity to the nearly 400 million people we serve. This agreement is a critical step toward achieving these goals.’
The agreement marks the latest milestone in NERC's efforts to ensure common reliability standards are adopted and enforced across the interconnected bulk power system in North America. Recent agreements in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan have also marked progress in this area. NERC's over 100 reliability standards are mandatory and enforceable in the U.S. and are recognized throughout much of Canada.
SOURCE: The North American Electric Reliability Corp.