A NERC Reliability Standard is a requirement to provide for Reliable Operation of the bulk power system (BPS). These standards are developed by the industry using the process described in Appendix 3A of the Rules of Procedure: The Standard Processes Manual. Texas RE actively participates in the process by commenting and voting on proposed new or revised Reliability Standards. In addition, Texas RE maintains awareness of upcoming enforceable standards and provides outreach as needed.

For information on NERC Reliability Standards, visit the NERC web site:

Interested entities may participate in the development process in a variety of ways:

  1. The Reliability Standards development process is governed by Appendix 3A of the Rules of Procedure, Standard Processes Manual. At a high level, an interested party submits a Standard Authorization Request (SAR), industry drafts the standard, comments on the standard, votes on the standard, then it is put forth for approval with the NERC Board of Directors and ultimately is filed with FERC for approval.

  2. It is imperative that stakeholders understand the active projects. This is an opportunity to ensure the reliability of the grid. Stakeholders are able to vote on each project and submit comments. Texas RE strongly encourages participation.

  3. Stakeholders are encouraged to participate on Standard Drafting Teams, listen to webinars, attend NERC workshops, and participate in the regional bimonthly NSRS meetings.

Subject Matter Experts at Texas RE have put together information for upcoming and recently enforceable standards.

Reliability StandardEnforcement Date (Beginning)   
FAC-001-2, FAC-002-2 1/1/2016
TOP_IRO1/1/2017 and 4/1/2017


Standards Review Checklist

There are two approved regional standards in the ERCOT region.

BAL-001-TRE-1, Primary Frequency Response in the ERCOT Region, was approved by FERC on January 16, 2014. This regional standard became effective on April 1, 2014.

IRO-006-TRE-1, IROL and SOL Mitigation in the ERCOT Region, was approved by FERC on May 31, 2012. This regional standard became effective on July 1, 2012.

Regional Reliability Standards provide for as much uniformity as possible relative to NERC Reliability Standards. The Regional Reliability Standards go beyond, add detail to, or implement NERC Reliability Standards, or cover matters not addressed in NERC Reliability Standards. Texas RE follows its approved Standards Development Process in the development of Regional Reliability Standards.

If you wish to request a Regional Reliability Standard, please fill out a Standard Authorization Request (SAR) and send it to the Reliability Standards Manager.


BAL-001-TRE-1 Implementation Plan
BAL-001-TRE-1 Implementation Plan Timeline
BAL-001-TRE-1 PFR Evaluation - Intermittent Renewable Resource
BAL-001-TRE-1 PFR Evaluation - Single Generator Steam Turbine
BAL-001-TRE-1 PFR Evaluation - Single Generator Combustion Turbine
FERC Order Approving BAL-001-TRE-1
FERC Order Approving IRO-006-TRE-1
Standard Drafting Team Procedure
Registered Ballot Body Procedure
Comment Form IRO-006-TRE-1 Review
Chair: Andrew Gallo  
Vice Chair: John Brockhan  
Texas RE Facilitator: Reliability Standards Manager  

The Reliability Standards Committee (RSC) reviews and recommends action on regional standards and regional variances to NERC standards. The RSC, annually elected within the ERCOT region, is comprised of 11 standing members from the six Texas RE sectors.

The RSC reviews SARs and subsequent recommendations for the development, revision, or deletion of regional standards and variances. A Standard Drafting Team (SDT) then drafts the standard. Once drafted, a proposed regional standard or variance is approved by RSC. Please see the Standards Development Process for the full process.

Visit Texas RE Mailing Lists to sign up to receive information about RSC activities, including draft standard commenting and ballot periods, status of regional standards, and formation of standard drafting teams.


2016 Reliability Standards Committee Members
Reliability Standards Committee Procedure
Chair: Colleen Frosch
Vice Chair: Lindley Ellisor
Texas RE Facilitator: Reliability Standards Manager

The Texas RE NERC Standards Review Subcommittee (NSRS) is a forum for discussion of NERC Standards issues by registered entities who operate in the ERCOT region. The NSRS is a subcommittee of the Texas RE RSC, focusing on continent-wide standards issues (and activity in other regions) rather than Texas regional standards issues. Texas RE generally conducts NSRS meetings via online meeting and conference call every first and third Monday of the month. Texas RE conducts periodic face-to-face NSRS meetings in conjunction with the RSC meetings. See the Texas RE calendar for meeting details.

The goals of the NSRS are to:
  • Increase interest and participation in NERC Standards activities from entities in the ERCOT region;
  • Share information and perspectives on NERC Standards issues among interested entities in the ERCOT region; and
  • Provide a mechanism for consideration of regional issues related to NERC Standards proposals.
The actions of the NSRS may include the following:
  • Discuss voting recommendations and comments on NERC ballot items for consideration by Texas RE and other NERC members.
  • Provide information to the RSC regarding standards activities at NERC and in other regions.
  • Collaborate on drafting group comments to be filed in connection with NERC projects.
  • Propose new or modified NERC and regional standards for development.

Texas RE maintains a distribution list for NSRS communications. To join, visit Texas RE Mailing Lists.

If you have comments or suggestions regarding the NSRS, or if you wish to participate in the NSRS, please contact the Reliability Standards Manager at Texas RE.


NSRS Procedure
standards - html file