Certrec Announces NERC Compliance Workshop for 2019 in Fort Worth

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Certrec’s 2019 Office of NERC Compliance workshop is tailored to address needs of GO/GOP operations personnel

“Based on last year’s attendance and positive feedback, we are looking forward to hosting an even larger 2019 NERC Compliance Workshop,” President Ted Enos said.

Certrec, a leading NERC regulatory compliance service provider, is pleased to announce their fourth Annual NERC Compliance workshop is scheduled to be held February 18–20 in Fort Worth, Texas.

After the success of last year’s workshop, Certrec plans to continue the momentum with another conference, offering even more services and opportunities to the NERC community.

“Based on last year’s attendance and positive feedback, we are looking forward to hosting an even larger 2019 NERC Compliance Workshop,” President Ted Enos said.

Attendees will include generator owner/generator operators across regions, representing wind, solar, biomass, cogeneration, gas, hydro, nuclear, and coal assets.

The workshop will provide updates on Internal Controls, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CMEP), CIP, and other relevant standards. Three regional representatives will present their regulatory perspectives on the latest standards, the risk-based approach to compliance, and standards development.

Guest presenters will discuss cyber security, facility ratings, and human performance. Certrec’s NERC team will provide insights on best practices.

“Risk to the owner and operator can be reduced significantly with a robust NERC compliance program. Incorporating insights and operating experience from others are key components,” said Bob Biggs, Certrec ONC Services Director. “Sharing experiences as well as learning from your peers and the regulators results in continued compliance program growth and enhancement. The result is less time and money invested in NERC audits, self-reports, violations, and fines.”

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 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 offers support from highly skilled, 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, business, and information technology. This accomplished team has direct working experience in all regulatory areas of licensing, compliance, and engineering, including nuclear, fossil, and renewable generation and transmission.

For 30 years, Certrec has applied the accumulated hundreds of years of staff industry experience toward helping its clients develop and manage solutions to complex regulatory issues. Combining this direct industry experience with Certrec's Information Technology assets has led to the development of technology-based solutions and tools directly targeted to the electric power industry and specifically focused on helping clients manage regulatory issues. We believe this approach is the key to our successful client programs as well as our growing NERC practice.

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. The scope of Document Management and Regulatory Services was examined against the Trust Services principles of Security. Availability, and Confidentiality. Our organization is committed to maintaining or exceeding current levels of service and, thus, will perform required annual examinations and audits.

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