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Northwest Power Pool is recognized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation as a continuing education provider who adheres to NERC Continuing Education Program Criteria.  Below is a list of courses currently provided.

Training Courses

Reserve Sharing

(NWPP_070_RS) The Reserve Sharing Program covers areas associated with the Northwest Power Pool Reserve Sharing Operating Procedures, the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), Policies and Procedures, as well as North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Policies associated with operating reserve. The program will consist of lecture, group and individual interchange, as well as a pre-instruction and post-instruction test.

Course Content

Identify the purpose and goal of operating reserve.

Review of the Northwest Power Pool Reserve Sharing Operating Procedures and the interrelationship among Control Areas and major interconnections within the Western Interconnection.

Major Attributes:  Highlight, review and understand the major elements necessary to assure system reliability while maintaining appropriate reserve levels.

Process:  Step through the Northwest Power Pool Reserve Sharing Operating Procedure, highlighting compliance levels with both WECC and NERC.

Target Audience

The program is intended for control area and support personnel operating the Bulk Electric System wishing to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills associated with system restoration.  It is intended to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the guidelines, process and philosophies which will assist them in performing their day-to-day tasks and, in the event of an outage, assist them in the actual restoration of the system.

NERC CEHs:  4 NERC CEHs

Qualifies for Emergency Operations credit.

Registration Fee:  Northwest Power Pool Members No Fee, Non-Members $100.00.  

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Annual Reserve Sharing Update

(NWPP_070_ARSU) The Annual Reserve Sharing Update is a high level overview of the NWPP’s history and covers the purpose for Contingency Reserve, the rationale for sharing Contingency Reserve, implementation of Contingency Sharing and what type events qualify for use of Contingency Reserve. The program will consist of lecture, group and individual interchange, as well as a post-instruction test.

Course Content

Identify the purpose, rational and implementation of Contingency Reserve.

Major Attributes:  Highlight, review and understand the major elements of Contingency Reserve and how BA’s must satisfy both WECC and NERC Criteria.

Process:  Step through qualifying events for use of Contingency Reserve.

Target Audience

The program is intended for Balancing Areas and support personnel operating the Bulk Electric System wishing to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills associated with system restoration.  It is intended to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the guidelines, process and philosophies which will assist them in performing their day-to-day tasks and, in the event of an outage, assist them in the actual restoration of the system.

NERC CEHs:  1 NERC CEHs

Qualifies for Emergency Operations credit.

Registration Fee:  Northwest Power Pool Members No Fee, Non-Members $100.00. 

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Reserve Sharing Simulation

(NWPP_070_RSS) A monthly test of the reserve sharing system is conducted with all 20 NWPP Balancing Authorities. The test simulated a system disturbance where each individual balancing authority is tested on their ability to activate assistance reserve requests. The resultant actions are monitored both by the centralized computer and the balancing authority’s AGC system; thus checking the operator skills, communication links, and IT connections.

Course Content

Students successfully activate NWPP reserve sharing to satisfy the requirements of NERC Reliability Standard BAL-002.

Students learn about contingency reserve and be able to describe how the NERC,

WECC, and NWPP standard, criteria and procedures are implemented within the NWPP area.

Students demonstrate through simulation the role of system operators during a contingency and how the RSG program is activated for reserve assistance.

Students will be able to describe the NWPP Reserve Sharing activation results in a dynamic transfer of the sharing of reserve obligation between the requesting Balancing Authority and the delivering Balancing Authority.

Target Audience

The course is intended for balancing authorities and support personnel operating the Bulk Electric System wishing to expand their knowledge about the mechanics of the NWPP Reserve Sharing Program

NERC CEHs:  1 NERC CEHs

Qualifies for 1 Simulation CEH

Qualifies for Emergency Operations credit.

Registration Fee:  Northwest Power Pool Members No Fee, Non-Members $100.00.  

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Reserve Sharing Control Room Simulation

(NWPP_070_RSCRS) A simulated system disturbance is conducted in the balancing authority control room. The resultant actions taken by the NWPP Reserve Sharing Program are then observed by those in the control room through a NWPP computer-link to the realtime program.

Course Content

Students successfully activate NWPP reserve sharing to satisfy the requirements of NERC Reliability Standard BAL-002.

Students learn about contingency reserve and be able to descrbe how the NERC,

WECC, and NWPP standard, criteria and procedures are implemented within the NWPP area.

Students demonstrate through simulation the role of system operators during a contingency and how the RSG program is activated for reserve assistance.

Students will have the ability to describe the role of the centralized computer during a reserve sharing event.

Students will be able to describe the relationship between the BA's activation of reserve sharing and the interplay between their EMS system and the centralized reserve sharing program.

Students will be able to describe the NWPP Reserve Sharing activation results in a dynamic transfer of the sharing of reserve obligaiton between the requesting Balancing Authority and the delivering Balancing Authority.

Target Audience

The course is intended for balancing authorities and support personnel operating the

Bulk Electric System wishing to expand their knowledge about the mechanics of the

NWPP Reserve Sharing Program

NERC CEHs:  1 NERC CEHs

Qualifies for 1 Simulation CEH

Qualifies for Emergency Operations credit.

Registration Fee:  Northwest Power Pool Members No Fee, Non-Members $100.00.  

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Frequency Management

(NWPP_070_FM) Frequency Management within an Interconnection, such as the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), is very important to the reliability of the entire system. The course will consist of lecture, group and individual interchange, as well as a pre-instruction and post-instruction test.

Course Content

Identify the purpose and goal of managing frequency within the Western Interconnection.

Review of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the WECC standards. The course will focus on the value of frequency support and consequent interrelationships among balancing authorities within the Western Interconnection.

Major Attributes: Highlight, review and understand the major elements necessary to assure system reliability through use of system assets such as generators and load.

Process: Step through the elements of system operation related to frequency control, highlighting compliance levels with both WECC and NERC.

Target Audience

The course is intended for balancing authorities and support personnel operating the Bulk Electric System wishing to expand their knowledge about who the interconnected system is intended to operate in a reliable fashion. It is intended to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the guidelines, process and philosophies which will assist them in performing their day-to-day.

NERC CEHs: 1 NERC CEHs

Registration Fee: Northwest Power Pool Members No Fee, Non-Members $100.00

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Under Frequency Load Shedding

(NWPP_070_UFLS) The Underfrequency Load Shedding Program covers areas associated with underfrequency load shedding within the Northwest Power Pool bulk electric system and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). The training program covers areas relating to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Policies associated with underfrequency load shedding, purpose, process reporting roles, and responsibilities. The program will consist of lecture, group and individual interchange, as well as a pre-instruction and post-instruction test.

Course Content

Identify the purpose and goal of underfrequency load shedding program

Review of NERC and WECC Policies and Compliance.

Review of the Northwest Power Pool Underfrequency Load Shedding Program and the interrelationship among Control Areas and major interconnections within the Western Interconnection.

Major Attributes:  Highlight, review and understand the major elements necessary to assure system reliability and restoration are performed in an integrated and expedient manner

Process:  Step through the Northwest Power Pool area-wide underfrequency load shedding process, highlighting compliance with both WECC and NERC.

Target Audience

The program is intended for control area and support personnel operating the Bulk Electric System wishing to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills associated with system restoration.  It is intended to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the guidelines, process and philosophies which will assist them in performing their day-to-day tasks and, in the event of an outage, assist them in the actual restoration of the system.

NERC CEHs:  2 NERC CEHs

Qualifies for Emergency Operations credit.

Registration Fee:  Northwest Power Pool Members No Fee, Non-Members $100.00.

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Voltage Issues

(NWPP_070_VI) Voltage issues within an Interconnection, such as the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), are very important to the reliability of the entire system. The course will consist of lecture, group and individual interchange, as well as pre-instruction and post-instruction tests.

Course Content

Identify the purpose and goal of managing voltage and reactive energy.

Review of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the WECC standards.  Participants will learn all aspects of reactive energy conservation, importance of var management, laws of reactive physics, and var balancing. 

Major Attributes:  Highlight, review and understand the major elements necessary to assure system reliability through use of system assets such as generators and load.

Process:  Step through the elements of system operation related to voltage levels, highlighting compliance levels with both WECC and NERC. 

Target Audience

The course is intended for balancing authorities and support personnel operating the Bulk Electric System wishing to expand their knowledge about who the interconnected system is intended to operate in a reliable fashion.  It is intended to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the guidelines, process and philosophies which will assist them in performing their day-to-day.

NERC CEHs:  2 NERC CEHs

Qualifies for Emergency Operations credit.

Registration Fee:  Northwest Power Pool Members No Fee, Non-Members $100.00.  

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Emergency Response Team Simulation

(NWPP_070_ERTS) Emergency Response Team Simulation is conducted twice per year through a desk top exercise. The simulation is a one-hour Emergency Response Team drill. NWPP Participants role play various reliability issues that cause reliability problem within the NWPP electrical boundary (examples, extreme high peak caused by extreme cold temperature and loss of generation). The simulation is designed to reflect a real-time situation and how multiple parties must communicate to resolve the issues.

Course Content

Students successfully activate NWPP emergency response team to satisfy the requirements Of NERC Reliability Standard EOP-001-2b and EOP-002-3.

Students learn about emergency response team and be able to describe how the NERC, WECC, and NWPP standard, criteria and procedures are implemented within the NWPP area.

Students demonstrate through simulation the role of system operators during a emergency response team call and how such a call is activated for reliability problems.

Students will be able to describe the relationship between the balancing authority’s activation of the emergency response team call and the interplay between the other balancing authorities and entities within the NWPP geographic area.

Target Audience

The course is intended for balancing authorities and support personnel operating the Bulk Electric System wishing to expand their knowledge about the mechanics of the NWPP Emergency Response Team.

NERC CEHs:  1 NERC CEHs

Qualifies for 1 Simulation CEH

Qualifies for Emergency Operations credit.

Registration Fee:  Northwest Power Pool Members No Fee, Non-Members $100.00. 

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Annual Energy Emergency Plan Review and Update

(NWPP_070_AEEPRU) The Annual Energy Emergency Plan Review and Update covers areas associated with Energy Emergency within and outside of the Northwest Power Pool such as operating entities, near-term planners, policy makers and governmental agencies. The course will consist of lecture, group and individual interchange, as well as verbal test.

Course Content

Identify the background and purpose for the Annual Energy Emergency Plan.

Review the range of actions entities may take to avoid declaration of a NERC EEA.

Identify the key individuals for the Energy Response Team and what their responsibilities are.

Major Attributes:  Identify the key plan components and definitions.

Process:  Step through the Northwest Power Pool Energy Emergency Plan (EEP) Procedures, highlighting preparatory conditions, anticipation of area warning, and responsibilities of entities and NWPP corporate Staff through the process.

Target Audience

The program is intended to provide a framework for operating entities, near-term planners, policy makers and governmental agencies, balancing areas and support personnel operating the Bulk Electric System who should work together if an emergency situation be anticipated as a result of severe weather conditions or unexpected outages of facilities that impact the load-resource balance.

NERC CEHs:  1 NERC CEHs

Qualifies for Emergency Operations credit.

Registration Fee:  Northwest Power Pool Members No Fee, Non-Members $100.00.  

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