The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in October approved new mandatory reliability standards to bolster supply chain risk management protections for the bulk electric system of the United States.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) proposed the standards in response to FERC Order No. 829, which directed it to develop standards to address supply chain risk management for industrial control system hardware, software, and computing and networking services.

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The Commission noted that while the global supply chain provides opportunity for significant benefits to customers, it also presents opportunities to affect management or operations of generation or transmission companies that may result in risks to end-users.