Current Developments in Grid Reliability

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 90 minutes
Recorded Date: February 21, 2018
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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • NERC Role & Mission
  • ERO Enterprise Goals
  • Statutory and Regulatory Structure
  • NERC and FERC
  • Compilance Monitoring and Enforcement Program
  • Role of Attorneys in Electric Reliability
  • Standards Development and Efficiency
  • Compliance Standards
  • Audit and Enforcement
  • Increasing Scope of Standards
Runtime: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Recorded: February 21, 2018


North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) representatives and outside counsel will discuss current developments in electric reliability standards and compliance and enforcement now that reliability requirements have been mandatory for over 10 years and cybersecurity is a top-of-mind concern.

This program was recorded on February 21st, 2018.

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American Bar Association


David Ortiz

Acting Director
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

David Ortiz is the Acting Director of the Office of Electric Reliability. Prior to joining the Commission, David was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he directed a wide range of research and development on electricity transmission systems and energy system risk. Key research areas included: transmission system models, advanced control systems, computation, mathematics and algorithms, synchrophasors, and geomagnetic disturbances, among others. He represented the Department as the Federal nonvoting member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Member Representatives Committee and led interagency outreach efforts. From 1998 through 2013, David worked at the RAND Corporation, where he built a program of energy policy research and analysis.

David earned his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He graduated from Princeton University.

Latif Nurani

Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP

Latif joined Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP after graduating in 2011 from Columbia Law School. Since then, Latif has assisted state agencies, municipal utilities and joint action agencies on a variety of regulatory and policy issues related to electric reliability, market design and transmission rates. With an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, Latif brings a strong technical perspective to legal and policy issues affecting the electricity industry.

Latif also has several years of experience working in energy markets. Prior to law school, he worked at a large natural gas and electricity marketer, where he led a team of energy analysts. As a law student, he interned at Ontario’s independent electricity system operator (IESO).

Sonia Mendoca

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Director of Enforcement
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

Sonia is the Deputy General Counse, Vice President, and Director of Enforcement at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation or NERC.

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