Avangrid agrees to $450,000 fine for violations
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power’s corporate parent has agreed to pay a $450,000 fine levied by a nonprofit that helps set standards for the nation’s power grid.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the North American Electric Reliability Corp. assessed the fine on three Avangrid subsidiaries: CMP, New York State Electric and Gas, and Rochester Gas and Electric.
Utilities are required to conduct self-assessments at least every 30 minutes to identify potential problems that could cause power outages. The newspaper says the CMP incident last January was a data entry error. The incidents at the New York utilities involved server failures.
Avangrid self-reported the incidents and said changes were made to ensure they don’t recur. The settlement must be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com