NERC Frequency Monitoring and Analysis (FMA) Application Functional Specification

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For the last three years, NERC, with the assistance of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS), has been developing and deploying various components of the Reliability Monitoring and Compliance Platform (RMCP) block for Wide-Area Monitoring and Compliance. One of the components of the NERC RMCP is the Frequency Monitoring and Analysis application which has been specified as part of NERC responses to some of the August 14, 2003 blackout recommendations, and is being developed to gather, transmit, process, archive, and provide access to Interconnections frequency phasor data to allow NERC Subcommittees and Staff for timely post analysis of frequency abnormalities, frequency response analysis, and to help validate new reliability performance metrics.

The purpose of this document is to define the functional requirements for the NERC Frequency Monitoring and Analysis (FMA) project using the North American Syncro Phasor Initiative (NASPI) phasor infrastructure with TVA serving as host for Eastern interconnection frequency data source, both for real time and for archived phasor frequency data. The document describes the adopted Hardware-Software architectures using Phasor measurements based on requirements specified by NERC Resources Subcommittee. This document also describes requirements for wide area frequency data collection, alarm, event data collection and archiving, data processing and storage, user Interface and visualization requirements.

The proposed research, development, and deployment schedule calls to complete software development and Factory Test (FAT) during 4Q2007, NERC-RS field trial during 4Q2007 and final delivery and training for 4Q2007.

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