Importance of NERC PRC-005-2 Compliant Electrolyte Level Monitoring

One of the most critical roles of utility companies is to ensure the health and protection of their Bulk Electric System (BES). Without proper battery testing and preventative maintenance, the Bulk Electric System is compromised. As a result, utility companies can suffer from significant revenue loss, possible safety hazards for their workers and more. To ensure the negative effects of a compromised system won’t occur, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has been formed to enforce the reliability standards of all battery monitoring and testing equipment. In addition, NERC PRC-005-2 requires utilities worldwide to document and implement programs for the maintenance of all protection systems affecting the reliability of the BES.

Non-compliance with NERC PRC-005-2 comes with severe consequences. Compliance monitoring includes assessing, investigating, evaluating, and auditing to measure compliance. Compliance enforcement includes penalties and sanctions, which can be up to $1 million per day). These penalties are based on Violation Risk Factors, Violation Severity Levels, and Violation History. Finally, entities found in violation must submit a mitigation plan to NERC and execute the plan once it’s been approved.

To comply with NERC PRC-005-2 guidelines, Eagle Eye has created the ELM- Series Battery Electrolyte Level Monitor for power utilities nationwide. The ELM is a reliable dual sensor system that monitors the electrolyte level and temperature of individual flooded batteries. The ELM-Series utilizes low-cost, easy to install sensors that will send out an alarm on low electrolyte level, or higher than normal temperature. Our electrolyte level monitor is also designed to monitor any flooded battery system regardless of voltage and amp-hour. Furthermore, this is a 24/7/365 protection for a real time solution for monitoring battery electrolyte and temperature levels.

Our PRC-005-2 Operation and Maintenance Compliance training is designed to include a review of battery maintenance fundamentals, inspection methods both manual and automated, interpretation of the data collected and the required record keeping. This course is intended for all personnel with the responsibility for the implementation and operation of a compliant battery monitoring program.

To learn more about NERC Compliance Solutions, please contact us today or to inquire about our NERC on-site training. You can also request a quote regarding the ELM – Series Battery Electrolyte Level Monitor.

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