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Published: March 30, 2018

ColumbiaGrid to Perform a Second Round of Third-Party Physical Security Risk-Assessment Verifications (CIP-014)

Second Physical Security Reliability Standard (CIP-014) Third Party Verification Functional Agreement (“SECOND CIP-014 Functional Agreement”). Under the SECOND CIP-014 Functional Agreement, ColumbiaGrid will perform third-party physical security risk-assessment verifications for four of its PEFA Parties, all of which are also Members of ColumbiaGrid. Pursuant to the recently executed SECOND CIP-014 Functional Agreement, ColumbiaGrid will help its PEFA Parties meet requirement R2 of FERC’s CIP-014-2 standard, which obligates CIP-014 Transmission Owners to have an unaffiliated third party verify their risk assessments of their transmission stations and substations that are subject to the physical security standard. This service fits well with ColumbiaGrid’s grid planning and analysis experience and expertise.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a second round of CIP-014 verifications to our PEFA Parties. It is yet another example of how ColumbiaGrid continues to implement valuable new services that are built upon our core grid planning expertise,” said Patrick Damiano, President & CEO. “This is the type of opportunity that we look for through the on-going collaborative brainstorming between ColumbiaGrid, its Members, PEFA Parties, and the region as a whole so that we can continue to enhance, expand, and optimize integrated grid planning in the Northwest,” said Mr. Damiano.

ColumbiaGrid will complete its work under the CIP-014 Functional Agreement by mid-2018.

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Member: Chelan County PUD      Project: ColumbiaGrid     
Chelan County PUD

"Chelan PUD is a strong supporter of ColumbiaGrid and the work that’s accomplished through the transmission Planning and Expansion Functional Agreement (PEFA). As a result of that process, the mid-C utilities (Chelan, Grant and Douglas PUDs) and Bonneville Power Administration were able to reach an agreement that defined the need for a new transmission line, as well as determine who will construct, own and pay for the facility. Those difficult decisions were made successful through the expert and independent expertise of the ColumbiaGrid staff."
~~ Chad Bowman, Director - Transmission and Compliance