550 MW Generator Ensures NERC PRC-005 Compliance with ProtX PRC 5, A New Protection System Solution from PSI

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Harrison County Power Project (HCPP), a 550 MW Natural Gas Generator in Marshall TX, is deploying ProtX PRC 5, a new protection system SaaS solution from Physical Systems Integration (PSI), that assures better internal controls for meeting NERC Standard PRC-005 requirements.

Harrison County Power Project is committed to NERC compliance. We deployed ProtX PRC 5 for its ability to automate the PRC-005 compliance process, provide a single-source inventory of all protection components, and deliver documented evidence of pro

“Harrison County Power Project is committed to NERC compliance,” says Ryan Thomas, General Manager of East Texas Electric Cooperative (ETEC), one of the owners of HCPP. “Like most generation facilities, Harrison County found it a challenge to effectively track, inventory, measure and monitor all protection system components within our facility.”

“As part of our ongoing NERC compliance effort, we chose to deploy PSI’s ProtX PRC 5 solution for its ability to automate the PRC-005 compliance process, provide a single-source inventory of all protection components, and deliver documented evidence of protection system maintenance,” said Jason Atwood, Vice President of Engineering and Operations of Northeast Texas Electric Cooperative (NTEC) the other owner of HCPP. “Also, ProtX PRC 5’s ability to automatically notify us of upcoming PRC-005 standard changes and compliance deadlines will ensure we stay compliant in the future.”

“One of the hardest jobs NERC compliance professionals face is proving compliance to NERC Standard PRC-005,” says Brent Hebert, Sr. Vice President, NERC Services with Physical Systems Integration (PSI).

“Protection System relays, re-closing and voltage sensing devices, control circuitry and communications systems are deployed across hundreds, if not thousands, of square miles of generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. Maintaining, testing and monitoring these protection system elements is challenging for us in the industry,” Hebert notes, “especially with long and varying intervals between testing.”

To help NERC compliance professionals, Physical Systems Integration, a leading provider of software and NERC services for Generation and Transmission Owners and Operators, and IPPs developed a web-based, SaaS solution for protection system compliance.

ProtX PRC 5 automatically identifies, inventories, and tracks protection system assets in full detail – what they are, where they are located, who is responsible for oversight and maintenance, their current status, and the applicable testing basis requirements - in a searchable, easy to use solution.

“Unlike other solutions, ProtX PRC 5 was designed and built by NERC compliance experts with more than 20 years of NERC program, field and PRC-005 audit experience,” says Hebert. “We’ve lived the challenges of protection system compliance.”

ProtX PRC 5 allows NERC managers to automatically track maintenance system intervals, manage maintenance test records, test scripts, data sheets, reports and events, and meet compliance deadlines through automated notification. With ProtX PRC 5, all the information needed to manage protection system assets - and prove evidence of compliance - is a click away.

ProtX PRC 5 also provides automated, calendar-driven notifications to targeted individuals or groups, notifying users of approaching required testing intervals, compliance deadlines or required maintenance. Escalation notifications can be set to alert manages or others of missed testing or maintenance activities before deadlines.

“PRC-005 continues to be one of the most violated O&P Reliability Standard,” notes Brent Hebert. “We are excited that the compliance staff at Harrison County will have the power of ProtX PRC 5 behind their mitigation efforts.”

ProtX PRC 5
As a Software as a Solution (SaaS), web-based service, ProtX PRC 5 is extremely user-friendly with clear navigation, easy to understand dashboards and is fully supported by Physical Systems Integration (PSI).

In addition, Registered Entities can choose to manage ProtX PRC 5 in-house or have PSI manage the ProtX PRC 5 solution on an outsourced basis through PSI’s NERC Managed Services.

Physical Systems Integration, Inc. (PSI) is a leading provider of Merchant and Asset Management software and NERC Compliance services for the power industry including Generation and Transmission Owners and Operators, IOUs, MUNIs, and COOPs.

Formed in 2002 by information technology professionals to address the needs of energy companies to manage physical assets, PSI’s software products and compliance services are designed to minimize or eliminate day-to-day manual tasks and allow staff to concentrate on adding value to your business. http://psipower.com/NERCCompliance.html

Brent Hebert
Physical Systems Integration

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