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Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. adds Andrew Gallo to its Compliance Staff

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), recognized throughout the industry for its excellence in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards compliance consulting services, is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Gallo, JD, CCEP to its staff as Director, Compliance Consulting. Andrew joins PCS after spending almost eleven years with Austin Energy (AE) in […]

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Reliability Standard PRC-027-1 Will Be Effective 04/01/2021 – Are You Ready?

Reliability Standard PRC-027-1 Will Be Effective 04/01/2021 – Are You Ready? The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standard PRC-027-1 – Coordination of Protection Systems for Performance During Faults will go into effect on April 1, 2021, making it mandatory and enforceable, and all applicable entities responsible for compliance with the Requirements.  The purpose […]

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NERC Reliability Standard CIP-008-6 – Mandatory & Enforceable January 1, 2021

On July 19, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 848 which directed the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) “to develop and submit modifications to the NERC Reliability Standards to augment the mandatory reporting of Cyber Security Incidents, including incidents that might facilitate subsequent efforts to harm the reliable operation of the […]

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NERC Posts 2021 CMEP Implementation Plan & Data Submittal Schedule

Two important resources that every entity should review and keep on hand are the NERC Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) Annual Implementation Plan and its associated ERO Enterprise Data Submittal Schedule. Last week NERC posted the 2021 versions of these documents on the One-Stop Shop (Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement Program) page of its website. […]

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

As many of you know, October is National Cyber Security Month, which focuses on raising awareness about the importance of cyber security to ensure that end-users have the resources needed to be safer and more secure online. This year has been an exceptional time and our awareness should be elevated even more with the number […]

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Managing and Responding to CIP Low Impact Self-Certifications

In the last few years self-certifications have evolved from a simple internal assessment and response regarding an entity’s compliance status, to what now seems to be more of a self-audit, with data sampling, spreadsheets, evidence gathering, and NERC tools as part of the process. Proving your compliance to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) […]

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Reliability Standard PRC-012-2 Will Be Effective 01/01/2021 – Are You Ready?

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standard PRC-012-2 – Remedial Action Schemes will go into effect on January 1, 2021, making it mandatory and enforceable, and all applicable entities responsible for compliance with the Requirements. The purpose of the Standard is to ensure that Remedial Action Schemes (RAS) do not introduce unintentional or […]

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Steps to Determining the Impact Rating of Your Generation Control Facility

Two of the most common questions that current and prospective clients ask the CIP team at Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS) are, “When does my generation control facility become a Low Impact BCS Control Center?” and “When does my Low Impact BCS generation Control Center become a Medium Impact BCS Control Center?” Answers to both […]

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FERC & NERC Publish Report on Cyber Planning for Response and Recovery Study

On September 14, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electricity Reliability Corporation (NERC) published a report titled Cyber Planning for Response and Recovery Study (CYPRES) that addresses incident response and recovery (IRR) planning and emphasizes best practices for the electric utility industry. As part of a joint staff review, FERC […]

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FERC Open Meeting Highlights for Reliability Compliance Staff

Today the FERC held a virtual open meeting and issued a variety of orders, rules, and inquiries. Below are highlights of items that will be of interest to your NERC Reliability Standards compliance staff. Electric Reliability Organization Proposal to Retire Requirements in Reliability Standards Under the NERC Standards Efficiency Review Today’s ruling by the Commission […]