Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. Celebrates Its First Anniversary

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Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), Electric Utility Consulting Specialists, is celebrating its one year anniversary since formation.

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The (mock) audit was intense, but a great experience.

Proven Compliance Solutions, Inc. (PCS) is pleased to announce its one year anniversary in the field of NERC Reliability Compliance Consulting. PCS has firmly established its level of excellence for its clients in both Bulk Electric System (FERC Order 693) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (FERC Order 706) regulatory matters.

PCS was formed one year ago by a team of seasoned compliance professionals who are out to make a real difference in the electric utility industry. These enthusiastic individuals collectively have well over 175 years of industry experience in literally all aspects of the power system – including generator and transmission system operations, marketing, and regulatory compliance, all from the industry standpoint. PCS, in its first year, has served the compliance needs of over 18 industry clients, providing services that include conducting compliance preparatory audits, developing and implementing operationally sound procedures that support compliance, Internal Compliance Program development and implementation, and advising clients on proper document management methods. PCS continually monitors and participates in industry technical and compliance forums (including both national and regional efforts) in order to bring our clients the most thorough analytical and practical tools currently available.

The PCS executive team includes Crystal Musselman, President and CEO (WECC Western Interconnection Compliance Forum founder and former chair), Mitchell Needham, PE, Treasurer (former NERC Reliability Readiness and Compliance Auditor with over 34 years experience), Francis Esselman, Vice President (35 years industry experience in fossil plant operations and system operations management), and Ryan Carlson, Corporate Secretary (20 year cyber security industry expert). Together, this team and their supporting staff of consultants are ready and willing to take on the compliance issues of any user of the Bulk Electric System, whether it is total compliance implementation and management or providing that crucial gut check before an audit.

PCS’s clients speak volumes:

“You’ve got a very capable team that we worked with who are all great resources with different backgrounds. I find all of them a pleasure to work with and I learn something every time I interact with them. I find working with diverse teams very valuable. The team was very responsive throughout the project, always available and very amendable to those last minute changes we all dread. Each member was extremely valuable to us, I highly respect the expertise each of them has achieved in their careers, I’ve been impressed with every interaction I’ve ever had with PCS.”

“I thought that the PCS team offered an effective blend of skills: Mitch with the NERC Auditor perspective and Ryan being the technical expert with the IT background. Between them, they were able to opine on what the auditors would be looking for (Mitch) and provide some very valuable suggestions regarding certain items, such as Technical Feasibility Exceptions for lack of A/V testing, etc. (Ryan). Our Critical Infrastructure Protection Compliance Program will be greatly enhanced due to our recent engagement with PCS.”

“The (mock) audit was intense, but a great experience. I enjoyed working with Francis and Mitch very much. They were very helpful and knowledgeable. I look forward to reviewing their report and determining next steps.”

“I've enjoyed working with you and look forward to telling you of the progress we have made on the PSE issue. I think it (the report) is a very complete and credible document.”

“Mitch and Francis provided valuable feedback on our procedures and evidence. It’s good to have outside eyes looking as we sometimes are too close to notice. We received positive feedback on some things which is always good for group moral. They were well versed in the Standards and requirements as well as insight to what an auditor is really looking at.”

“PCS has in my view some of the best expertise for CIP compliance. I would suggest Ryan Carlson who works for PCS as the person you would want to help you with creating a CIP program.”

PCS is a leader in the field of NERC Regulatory Compliance. For complete details about PCS’s extraordinary capabilities and suite of products available to its clients, visit the PCS website and blog today at


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