By - Jon Brown

NERC & FERC Compliance for Renewables
January 23-24, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Overview

Renewable energy providers and their suppliers continue to wrestle with the complexities of the NERC reliability standards implementation, compliance, and enforcement process. Full audit schedules within each regional entity ensure that the stakes remain high. Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards add another level of complexity, further demonstrating to the power industry the difficulties of legislating reliability and security.

With the increasing number of new generation and transmission projects being proposed and built, it’s important to understand the implications of being a NERC registered entity and the complicated and costly process of compliance.  This course is a great place to start for organizations that own, operate, or support renewable energy and/or new independent power producers. There are a host of important factors to consider that can have a significant impact on operations. One of the key tenets that supports compliance, or can help mitigate a penalty, is a robust culture of compliance.  To demonstrate a culture of compliance, a registered entity must show an enterprise-wide commitment to the process.

This course is an in-depth introduction to NERC standards, compliance, and monitoring and is designed to give the necessary background for all staff to understand the concepts and complexities of NERC compliance in order to communicate and build a culture of compliance and reliability and prepare for upcoming audits.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Define the role of FERC and NERC in mandatory compliance for renewables
  • Review the background for the NERC standards and discuss major recent revisions
  • Explain how violations are determined and identify which standards are the most violated
  • Define a culture of compliance and its importance in the compliance monitoring and enforcement process
  • Examine strategies to build an internal compliance program
  • Examine the NERC CIP requirements: Current version and upcoming revisions
  • Analyze the audit process and demonstrate strategies for success before, during, and after an audit
  • Discuss emerging trends in NERC compliance including CIP Version 5, the Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI), the new and emerging standards on Physical Security, Geomagnetic Disturbances, Distributed Energy Resources, etc.

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Agenda

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


Overview of NERC / FERC Compliance for Renewables

  • Federal Power Act & NERC as Electric Reliability Organization
  • Rule-making & Standards Development
  • Compliance & Registration Overview
  • Audits Process
  • Enforcement Overview
  • Trajectory of Standards
  • What is a Generator Owner / Operator and How Has it Changed?
  • Frequently Violated Standards (e.g. FAC, PRC, and CIP)

NERC & FERC Requirements for Renewables

  • Facility Ratings
  • Vegetation Management
  • Protection System Maintenance & Management
  • Scheduling & Forecasting
  • Operator Training
  • Communications Infrastructure & Operations
  • Remote Control Centers (US & Overseas)
  • Reactive & Voltage Control
  • Electronic Quarterly Reports
  • Market Integration and Compliance

NERC Compliance in Practice

  • Involving Internal Stakeholders: Operations, Legal, and Senior Management
  • Self-Assessments & Monitoring Practices
  • Defining & Achieving a Culture of Compliance
  • Managing Risk, Managing Compliance
  • Preparing for an Audit: What to Do Before, During and After an Onsite Compliance Audit: Successful Strategies and Avoiding Common Pitfalls
  • Coordinating with an Off-taker and/or Transmission Provider
  • Industry Involvement: How Much, When and Where?
  • Enforcement Processes
  • Measuring & Managing Cost of Compliance
  • Tools, Systems, and Applications (Compliance Technology)

 Thursday, January 24, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing


NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

This session will provide an overview of the NERC CIP Reliability Standards and provide insight into what it takes to comply with the same on an ongoing basis.

  • Introduction
  • The “Why” of Security for Renewable Generators
  • History and Background of the NERC CIP Reliability Standards
  • Site versus Control Center Security Requirements
  • Common Assumptions and Mistakes
  • Prevalent NERC CIP Compliance Challenges
  • Overview of Current NERC CIP Requirements
  • Supply Chain and Cyber Security, Managing Complexity and Compliance
  • Tools and Resources
    • Active Vulnerability Assessment Tools
    • Danger: Active Scanning of ICS Environments is Risky Business!
    • Resources
  • Emerging Issues and New Standards 

Instructors

Ben Jamar, Senior Electrical Engineer/Compliance Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Mr. Jamar is a senior electrical engineer at Burns & McDonnell in the Austin, Texas office. His extensive power system background includes regulatory compliance, project management, and engineering high voltage (HV) and extra high voltage (EHV) power systems, substations and protection and controls. Mr. Jamar also worked at Texas Reliability Entity (Texas RE) as an audit team lead and Subject Matter Expert (SME) auditing and investigating generation and transmission entities for facilities, operations, and planning within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region using North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards and Rules of Procedure (RoP) to ensure the reliability of the Bulk Electric System (BES).


James Crawford, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Mr.  Crawford is a seasoned professional with over eighteen years of progressive electric utility industry experience in Project Management and Transmission Customer Service. Experienced with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing requirements and interpretation of regulatory orders and proceedings. Experienced Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazards and Performance

 Analysis (HPA) Engineering Specialist serving as Team Leader/HPA Specialist. Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a team player, as well as work independently to achieve organizational goals. Dedicated performer willing to go the extra mile to meet aggressive goals.

Location

EUCI Office Building Conference Center

4601 DTC Blvd, B-100

Denver CO, 80237

 

Suggested Hotel

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
8300 E. Crescent Parkway
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
0.9 miles away
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Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
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Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-770-4200
0.6 miles away

Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-779-1100
0.7 miles away

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, January 11, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
NERC & FERC Compliance for RenewablesUS $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before December 21, 2018 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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