EPRI and NERC partner on resilience and reliability of the US grid

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) announced a new agreement to collaboratively enable improved resilience and reliability of the North American electric grid.

As the US takes critical steps to reduce carbon emissions across the economy, the two organisations will leverage their collective knowledge to more efficiently and effectively respond to power sector challenges.

The agreement calls for the two organisations to meet regularly and coordinate on several fronts, including supporting the effective deployment of industry resources to address emerging issues, jointly sponsoring workshops or meetings, and identifying and collaborating on key projects and activities.

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Rob Chapman, EPRI’s senior vice president of energy delivery and customer solutions, said: “EPRI’s and NERC’s respective experts are at the forefront of R&D to enhance electric grid resilience.

“By strengthening collaboration, we can better accelerate energy system innovation and solve reliability challenges before they happen.”

Mark Lauby, NERC’s senior vice president and chief engineer, adds: “We are pleased to refresh our memorandum of understanding to continue our successful collaborations with EPRI.

“The transformation of the grid presents a number of challenges today and into the future. The results of our joint planning and subsequent research projects provide the science, tools, and processes needed to effectively mitigate existing and emerging risks to the reliable operation of the North American bulk power system.”