Certrec Client’s Multi-Region NERC Audit “About the Best We’ve Ever Seen”

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Certrec’s approach to NERC compliance results in an easy audit for regulator and registered entity

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CERTREC “Considering the scope – multi-region, 12 standards and 27 requirements, we were very pleased that the regulator’s audit team was engaged with the registered entity for only a few hours.” - Bob Biggs, Office of NERC Compliance Services Director.

Certrec, a leading regulatory compliance provider for NERC compliance, assisted a generator client with audit prep and support that engaged the regulator audit team for only a few hours.

Considering the scope – multi-region, 693 and CIP, including 12 standards and 27 requirements; we were very pleased that the regulator’s audit team was provided with all the necessary supporting evidence in an easy to audit format that facilitated a rapid review to assure compliance.

The regulator commented, “This is about the best NERC compliance program we’ve ever seen – especially PRC-005 and FAC-008! The entire audit package is well organized and error free.”

Certrec has provided ongoing NERC compliance services for these assets since 2009, when they first began operating.

The auditor mentioned how well organized the PRC-005 evidence and equipment list were. Similar comments were made about the facility ratings and associated bases documents.

When all aspects are considered, the registered entity and the regional entity may each have invested thousands of dollars in resources to prepare and conduct an audit.

An entity that is dedicated to compliance operates every day in compliance. Every day, they are audit ready and this is accomplished through an effective Internal Controls Process with periodic self-evaluations of effectiveness, coupled with a robust corrective action process.

Certrec Corporation is dedicated to regulatory compliance exclusively and has been since we started in 1988. We believe our approach is the key to our successful client programs as well as our growing NERC practice.

Currently Certrec provides NERC compliance support on an ongoing basis to several U.S. fleets. In addition, Certrec supports other individual sites. We have worked with 2 wind fleets for several years (since 2009 for our first fleet) and appreciate the trust that these clients have in our team. Our clients include solar, wind, hydro, fossil, and nuclear generators.

Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology based organization providing regulatory support services in the electric power industry. With over 1200 cumulative years of direct industry experience (including wind, solar, nuclear, and fossil), Certrec has developed exceptional capabilities to support regulatory activities emanating from regulatory entities such as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entities (NERC), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other regulatory agencies. Certrec's Office of NERC Compliance (ONC), Office of Licensing and Compliance (OLC), Office of Assessment and Recovery (OAR), 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.

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