C-NO Chapter Meeting January 2013

Joel Knapp

Applying Systems Thinking to Public Policy Regulating in the Power Industry

Topic:  Chapter Member Carl Dister, from ReliabilityFirst, speaking on; “Applying Systems Thinking to Public Policy Regulating in the Power Industry” - ReliabilityFirst is a non-for-profit organization that has been given authority in the Northeastern US to enforce the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) CFR Title 10 Energy Regulations for Ensuring Power Grid reliability as defined by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC.)  ReliabilityFirst has decided strategically to apply Systems Engineering principles to optimize their regulation of the Power Industry.  This presentation will first discuss the complex sub-system of Power Grid Reliability and the surrounding complex system that regulates the Power Grid Reliability Sub-system (i.e. Systems of Systems Approach.) Then the modeling and optimizing of this regulatory scheme will be outlined, describing the interaction between Engineers, Attorneys, and Industry Leaders in the development and deployment of these processes.  Comparisons will be drawn between the regulatory scheme and the INCOSE process areas.