FERC orders extension of NERC cybersecurity standards

The original deadline for compliance was April 1, 2014


Electric cooperative utilities facing various levels of national cybersecurity now have an extra six months to meet new standards, under a deadline extension granted by federal regulators. The original deadline for compliance was April 1, 2014.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has a new compliance date of Oct. 1, 2014, for North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection Version 4.


NRECA asked the commission earlier this summer to approve Version 5 of these standards and allow co-ops to avoid having to quickly first meet Version 4.

Attaining various versions of the standards requires significant planning, budgeting and resources.

With other trade associations, NRECA filed a motion on July 18, requesting that the commission delay the compliance deadline for Version 4.

FERC in its Aug. 12 order said a six-month extension was warranted to allow those that must comply “to more efficiently utilize resources to transition” from Version 3 to Version 5 if the commission ultimately agrees to override Version 4.

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