Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance Solves Several NERC Compliance Challenges for Generation Owner

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Southeast Generator chooses Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance to better manage the regulatory process.

The Office of NERC Compliance tools have made a difference in our compliance program and the ease with which tasks can be completed. They have enabled me to focus on daily operations while being comfortable with our program's viability. ~ Sr. Comp. Mgr.

Certrec, a leading regulatory licensing and compliance solutions provider, is pleased to announce that a Southeast Generation Owner (GO) overcame several NERC compliance challenges through deployment of Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance solution.

A leading Southeast Generator Owner faced several key NERC compliance challenges. Keeping up with changes in NERC Standards and Regional Entity Requirements, while facing staff and budget restrictions, and stretched capacity.

Many NERC compliance activities required the Generator Owner to identify conditions for evaluation action. Other requirements called for maintaining a record for supporting audits and mitigation activities that may exist. The Compliance Manager also needed a convenient way to manage NERC compliance projects, but lacked document libraries that were easily searched. Additionally, the compliance team lacked a way to store important NERC compliance information in one place that they could easily access.

For a Generator Owner that strives for excellence, these needs were critical in a constantly changing regulatory environment. To address these challenges, the GO chose Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance solution.

The NERC Monitoring service provides the Compliance team with daily notification of key regulatory activities, issues, alerts, and important industry news. This alone saved time and ensured they didn’t miss critical updates. Accessing the eLibrary of NERC, FERC, and Regional Entity standards and enforcement actions from anywhere in the plant via their iPads and iPhones, was an added bonus.

The compliance team also chose CERTREC’s Taktix, a NERC-specific project management system that bridges geography, streamlines project planning and project tracking, facilitates moving large and diverse project documents between teams and locations, and allows planning authors and project reviewers to interface with others' comments simultaneously.

Lastly, CERTREC’s Condition Action Tracking System (CATS) provided the Generator Owner with a robust corrective action tool for identifying, evaluating, assigning, and tracking compliance conditions and actions until resolved.

“CERTREC’s Office of NERC Compliance tools have made a real difference in our compliance program and the ease with which ongoing regulatory tasks can be completed. The Taktix and CATS web-based solutions have enabled me to maintain my focus on day-to-day operation and management of my facilities while being comfortable with my compliance program’s viability. I get daily notifications of what is important and compliance tasks are managed and tracked to completion while maintaining needed historical records,” stated the Company’s Senior Manager responsible for NERC compliance.

“The Office of NERC Compliance is a complete solution for NERC compliance professionals struggling to manage the regulatory compliance process,” says Ted Enos, President of Certrec. “Combining daily notification of important regulatory information with an eLibrary of FERC, NERC and Regional Entity standards and rulings with condition tracking and project management tools, gives Generator Owners and Operators the ability to manage the regulatory and compliance process to their advantage.”

CERTREC, founded in 1988, is a regulatory and compliance solutions provider that helps utilities manage the NRC, FERC, and NERC regulatory process to their advantage. With more than 250 cumulative years of regulatory and industry experience, Certrec’s licensing and compliance solutions, performance improvement, and technical services solutions help professionals better manage the risks of the regulatory and compliance process.

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