System simulations and associated assessments are needed periodically to ensure that reliable systems are developed that meet specified performance requirements with sufficient lead time, and continue to be modified or upgraded as necessary to meet present and future system needs.
May 13, 2009
R1. The Planning Authority and Transmission Planner shall each demonstrate through a valid assessment that its portion of the interconnected transmission system is planned such that, with all transmission facilities in service and with normal (pre-contingency) operating procedures in effect, the Network can be operated to supply projected customer demands and projected Firm (non- recallable reserved) Transmission Services at all Demand levels over the range of forecast system demands, under the conditions defined in Category A of Table I. To be considered valid, the Planning Authority and Transmission Planner assessments shall:
R1.1. Be made annually.
R1.2. Be conducted for near-term (years one through five) and longer-term (years six through ten) planning horizons.
R1.3. Be supported by a current or past study and/or system simulation testing that addresses each of the following categories, showing system performance following Category A of Table 1 (no contingencies). The specific elements selected (from each of the following categories) shall be acceptable to the associated Regional Reliability Organization(s).
R1.3.1. Cover critical system conditions and study years as deemed appropriate by the entity performing the study.
R1.3.2. Be conducted annually unless changes to system conditions do not warrant such analyses.
R1.3.3. Be conducted beyond the five-year horizon only as needed to address identified marginal conditions that may have longer lead-time solutions.
R1.3.4. Have established normal (pre-contingency) operating procedures in place.
R1.3.5. Have all projected firm transfers modeled.
R1.3.6. Be performed for selected demand levels over the range of forecast system demands.
R1.3.7. Demonstrate that system performance meets Table 1 for Category A (no contingencies).
R1.3.8. Include existing and planned facilities.
R1.3.9. Include Reactive Power resources to ensure that adequate reactive resources are available to meet system performance.
R1.4. Address any planned upgrades needed to meet the performance requirements of Category A.
R2.1. Provide a written summary of its plans to achieve the required system performance as described above throughout the planning horizon.
R2.1.1. Including a schedule for implementation.
R2.1.2. Including a discussion of expected required in-service dates of facilities.
R2.1.3. Consider lead times necessary to implement plans.
R2.2. Review, in subsequent annual assessments, (where sufficient lead time exists), the continuing need for identified system facilities. Detailed implementation plans are not needed.
R3. The Planning Authority and Transmission Planner shall each document the results of these reliability assessments and corrective plans and shall annually provide these to its respective NERC Regional Reliability Organization(s), as required by the Regional Reliability Organization.