Certrec’s NERC Compliance Work Results in Another Successful Audit

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The electric power industry needs experience and knowledge from their NERC compliance support teams to ensure successful NERC compliance programs and audits.

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“Our team successfully supports its clients’ efforts to comply with the NERC Standards. Certrec manages the client’s Internal Compliance Program on an ongoing basis making the transition into audit preparation seamless.”

Certrec, a leading regulatory compliance provider for NERC compliance, has been supporting one of its clients since 2012, most recently by developing their Reliability Standard Audit Worksheet (RSAW) packages.

Using Certrec’s electronic RSAW generator and Certrec’s Action Tracking System (CATS), Certrec aided the entity by coordinating directly with the regulators in the submittal process of all documentation for the audit, which was performed by the Texas Reliability Entity (TRE). This was the entity’s first audit since registering as a Generator Owner in TRE. Certrec also assisted with all requests for information between the regulators and site personnel.

Holly Haynes, Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance Services Manager, remarked, “There were no findings or areas of concern and only two recommendations—a successful audit that shows the value of support by experienced NERC professionals. I am very proud of how the team came together and achieved this positive result.”

Certrec Senior Project Manager Don Derbonne agreed, adding, “Our team successfully supports its clients’ efforts to comply with the NERC Standards. Certrec manages the client’s Internal Compliance Program on an ongoing basis making the transition into audit preparation seamless.”

Certrec’s focused approach to audit readiness is key to successful client programs. Certrec has been dedicated to regulatory compliance since its inception.

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Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology-based organization providing regulatory support services in the electric power industry. With more than 1,000 cumulative staff years of direct industry experience, Certrec has developed exceptional capabilities to support regulatory activities emanating from regulatory entities such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entities (NERC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other regulatory agencies. Certrec's Office of Licensing and Compliance (OLC), Office of Assessment and Recovery (OAR), Office of NERC Compliance (ONC), and Office of New Plant (ONP) services are used by utilities and entities across the United States to help manage the regulatory process to their advantage.

Certrec offers support from highly skilled and experienced industry professionals who possess degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines (civil, electrical, mechanical, and nuclear). Additionally, Certrec's staff has multiple degreed personnel in physics, communications, a variety of MBAs, and information technology. This highly skilled team of personnel has direct working experience in all regulatory areas of licensing, compliance, and engineering, including nuclear, fossil, and renewable generation and transmission.

For more than 30 years, Certrec has been applying its hundreds of years of industry experience to help clients develop and manage solutions to complex regulatory issues. Combining this direct industry experience with Certrec’s Information Technology assets has led to development of technology-based solutions and tools directly targeted to the electric power industry and specifically focused on helping clients manage regulatory issues.

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