About NERC


Publication: 2013-08-17



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:North American Electric Reliability Corporation


The North American Electric Reliability Corporation is a not-for-profit entity ...


  • Gerry W. CauleyPresident and Chief Executive Officer

  • Mark RossiSenior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

  • Sonia MendoncaAssistant General Counsel and Director of Enforcement

  • Earl ShockleySenior Director of Compliance Operations

  • Matthew BlizardDirector of Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • Michael WalkerSenior Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

  • Damon EppersonDirector of Human Resources

  • Marvin SanterfeitDirector of Information Technology and Services

  • Charles A. BerardescoSenior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

  • David N. CookSenior Counsel

  • Holly HawkinsAssistant General Counsel

  • Rebecca MichaelAssociate General Counsel

  • Janet SenaSenior Vice President and Director, Policy and External Affairs

  • Tom BurgessVice President and Director of Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis

  • Michael MoonSenior Director of Reliability Risk Management

  • Mark LaubyVice President and Director of Standards

  • Federal Energy Regulatory CommissionAs the electric reliability organization, NERC is subject to oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is under similar obligations in Canada, as well as a portion of Baja California Norte, Mexico.

  • CanadaNERC's role is similar in both Canada and the United States. While the approval process varies in the different Canadian jurisdictions, NERC Reliability Standards -- in some cases modified to reflect the jurisdictions' reliability regime -- are mandatory and enforceable in the provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia and are in the process of being adopted in Quebec. While Saskatchewan does not have an independent regulator, the province has determined that its utilities will be subject to NERC Reliability Standards. Authority over electricity generation and transmission in Canada rests primarily with provincial governments. Not all jurisdictions have legal structures to "name" an ERO. However, all have recognized NERC as an electric reliability standards-setting organization and have committed to supporting NERC in its standards setting and oversight role as the North American ERO. NERC has memorandums of understanding with Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the National Energy Board of Canada, which work with NERC to enhance North American Bulk-Power System reliability. While there are currently no MOUs in effect with British Columbia and Manitoba, both provinces have adopted NERC Reliability Standards as mandatory and enforceable and work closely with the ERO.

  • Baja California Norte

  • Mexico

  • Bulk-Power System Owners

  • Bulk-Power System Operators

  • NERC RegionsIn 2007, FERC approved agreements by which NERC delegates its authority to monitor and enforce compliance to eight Regional Entities. The members of the Regional Entities come from all segments of the electric industry: investor-owned utilities; federal power agencies; rural electric cooperatives; state, municipal and provincial utilities; independent power producers; power marketers; and end-use customers. These entities account for virtually all the electricity supplied in the United States, Canada, and a portion of Baja California Norte, Mexico.

  • Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC)

  • Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO)

  • Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC)

  • ReliabilityFirst Corporation (RFC)

  • SERC Reliability Corporation (SERC)

  • Southwest Power Pool, RE (SPP)

  • Texas Reliability Entity (TRE)

  • Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC)

  • NERC CommitteesIndustry -- Committees and Volunteers: Many members and other bulk power industry experts provide time and expertise to NERC, the industry and the general public by participating in NERC committees, subcommittees, task forces, working groups and standard drafting teams.

  • NERC Volunteers

  • NERC Registered EntitiesRegistered Entities: Registered entities are those required by law to register with NERC and comply with NERC Reliability Standards. See the Compliance Registry for a list of the approximately 1,400 registered entities.

  • NERC Registered Ballot BodiesRegistered Ballot Body: The Registered Ballot Body, comprised of industry and other interested stakeholders, plays a critical role in the standards development process by voting and offering comments on proposed NERC Reliability Standards.

  • Ontario

  • New Brunswick

  • Alberta

  • British Columbia

  • Manitoba

  • Nova Scotia

  • Quebec

  • Saskatchewan