CIP Auditor Notes Certrec’s Client “Has a Positive Commitment to NERC Compliance”

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For successful CIP audits, the electric power industry needs experience and knowledge from NERC compliance support teams

“This audit result was a resounding endorsement of the philosophy of maintaining an ongoing NERC compliance program,” commented Bob Biggs

Certrec, a leading regulatory compliance provider for NERC compliance, recently assisted a generator owner/operator (GO/GOP) client in developing and submitting documentation for a NERC CIP audit conducted by a regional entity (RE).

The auditor noted the Risk Impact Evaluation was well planned and methodical, RSAWs were very comprehensive, reference information was available quickly, documentation was excellent, and the organization has a positive commitment to compliance. There were no violations and no findings – a successful audit.

“This audit result was a resounding endorsement of the philosophy of maintaining an ongoing NERC compliance program,” commented Bob Biggs, Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance Business Services Director. “Certrec provides audit support for many of our clients. The auditors often comment about the obvious commitment to compliance as well as the organization of information,” Biggs said. “Our clients work hard to establish and maintain their safe, resilient portion of the bulk electric system (BES). A well-organized and well-documented NERC compliance program is a key element contributing to their success.”

With Certrec, your NERC work is done once and done right.


Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology-based organization providing regulatory support services in the electric power industry. With more than 1000 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), the 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.

Certrec’s quality program and information security management system are ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified. Also, Certrec has successfully completed a Type 2 SOC 2 examination where the scope of Document Management and Regulatory Services were examined against the Trust Services principles of Security, Availability, and Confidentiality. Certrec is committed to maintaining or exceeding current levels of service and, thus, will perform required annual examinations and audits.

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