The Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) Enterprise utilizes multiple processes for reviewing events and disturbances. The Event Analysis Process (EAP) is performed by Texas RE Reliability Services staff and is intended to analyze the facts from an event and determine its root cause.
As part of a separate process, the Texas RE Compliance Monitoring team performs a Regional Compliance Evaluation (RCE) by reviewing the same event, but through the lens of compliance with NERC Reliability Standards. The RCE does not begin until the EAP has been completed by Texas RE Reliability Services. The RCE is conducted by analyzing information provided by a registered entity such as: Brief Reports, Event Analysis Reports, responses to Requests for Information (RFIs), and Compliance Assessments.
The Risk-based Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement section and Appendix B of the 2019 ERO Enterprise Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) Implementation Plan (Version 2.1, November 2018) provides the compliance assessment process that registered entities are to follow when involved in events and disturbances. Appendix B also includes a sample Compliance Assessment Report template that registered entities may use when completing a Compliance Assessment (CA). The template follows the Issue, Rule, Application, and Conclusion (IRAC) approach.
When identifying applicable NERC Reliability Standards and Requirements to assess, registered entities should start by reviewing the NERC Reliability Standards that apply to their registered functions and then determine if any of those NERC Reliability Standards applied to the event in question. A registered entity may use the IRAC Template to create the CA report. Once the report is completed, submit the report along with associated documents (Event Analysis Report, Brief Report, Lessons Learned, etc.) to Texas RE Event Compliance.