​NRECA, along with the American Public Power Association (APPA), the Electricity Consumers Resource Council, Large Public Power Council, and Transmission Access Policy Study Group, filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR). The NOPR proposes approving the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) supply chain risk management Reliability Standards; includes a proposed directive requiring NERC to include Electronic Access Control and Monitoring Systems (EACMS) within the scope of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards; proposes directing NERC to evalue cybersecurity supply chain risks presented by Physical Access Control Systems and Protected Cyber Assets; and provides for a 12-month implementation schedule instead of NERC's proposal for 18 months.

NRECA and the trade associations support FERC's approval of NERC's proposed Reliability Standards, but ask that FERC does not shorten the implementation schedule. NRECA and the trade associations also ask that FERC refrain from issuing a directive requiring NERC to include EACMS within the scope of the CIP Reliability Standards at this time.FULL FILING

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