NERC Fundamentals and Compliance

NERC Fundamentals and Compliance

March 9-10, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Overview

“Good introduction and history into the world of NERC compliance.” GM-Engineering Services, Duke Energy

“Very informative and time well spent.” Compliance Superintendent, Alameda Municipal Power

Entities registered with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) continue to address the complexities of NERC reliability standards implementation, on-going compliance and enforcement. Full audit schedules ensure the stakes remain high (as evidenced by the recent $10 million fine imposed on a Registered Entity). Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards involve an added level of complexity.

With an increasing number of 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, often, costly compliance process.  A host of important factors can significantly impact operations. One of the key tenets supporting compliance, or which can mitigate a penalty, is having a robust compliance program.  To demonstrate a culture of compliance, a registered entity must show an enterprise-wide commitment to the process. 

This course is an overview of NERC standards, compliance, and monitoring and will provide the necessary background for staff with compliance responsibilities to understand the concepts and complexities of NERC compliance to build a culture of compliance and reliability and prepare for audits. The course will help registered entities understand the background for the NERC standards, proven methods of compliance and how to best organize evidence to demonstrate compliance during an audit.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the role of FERC, NERC and Regional Entities
  • Review the background for the NERC standards and discuss major recent revisions
  • Explain how regional entities calculate violations
  • Discuss how to comply with the most difficult standards
  • 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
  • Analyze the audit process and demonstrate strategies for success before, during, and after an audit
  • Review emerging trends in NERC compliance including:
    • Standards on Physical Security and Supply Chain Management
    • Geomagnetic Disturbances
    • Distributed Energy Resources

Agenda

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing

 

Short breaks will be taken throughout the sessions

Overview of NERC Reliability Standards and Requirements

  • NERC as the ERO
  • Important definitions used in Reliability Standards
  • Overview of entity registration
  • Standards background and drafting process
  • Results based standards
  • Compliance and enforcement
    • Lessons learned
    • Technical rationale vs. implementation guides
    • Standards efficiency review
  • Risk-based compliance highlights
    • Inherent risk assessment
    • Internal controls evaluation
    • Find, fix, track and report
    • Sanction guidelines
  • NERC compliance in practice
    • Defining a culture of compliance and​ building, communicating and demonstrating a culture of compliance​
    • Role of a culture of compliance​ in mitigation​
    • Preparing for an audit:​ what to do before, during and after an on-site compliance audit
    • Settlement process
    • Managing documents and evidence
    • Demonstrating a culture of compliance

 

Thursday, March 10, 2022 : Central Time

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

 

Short breaks will be taken throughout the sessions

  • How to build, communicate and demonstrate a “culture of compliance”
    • Culture of compliance in mitigation
  • Preparing for an audit:  what to do before, during and after an on-site compliance audit: successful strategies and avoiding common pitfalls
  • Discuss the settlement process after a violation has been found
  • Recognize how NERC compliance fits with other enterprise compliance needs and risk management
  • Managing documentation and evidence
  • Demonstrating a culture of compliance to auditors

Instructor

Andrew Gallo, Internal Controls and Compliance Supervisor, Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC)

Andrew Gallo is the Internal Controls and Compliance Supervisor for Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). He previously served as the Director of Corporate Compliance Programs for Austin Energy in Austin, Texas. He is also a former Chairman of the NERC Standards Committee and served on the NERC Standards Committee for many years. He also served as Chair of the Texas Reliability Entity’s Regional Standards Committee. He was the Chief Compliance Officer for Seattle City Light (SCL) from 2008 to 2010 and led SCL through its first on-site NERC Reliability Standards audit and Austin Energy through six Regional Entity (Texas RE) audits covering all of its registered functions (including CIP). Before Seattle, he was Assistant General Counsel for Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), where he worked on protocols compliance and other matters. Before coming to the electric industry, he worked in the oil and gas industry for approximately 17 years. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in New York in 1982.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

Event Standard RateAttendees
Single Connection - NERC Fundamentals and ComplianceUS $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts
* all other discounts do not apply to license packs

This event has the following related events:

NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)US $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00

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Take advantage of these discounts!

  • Attend the Course and NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and pay US $ 2,195.00 per attendee (save US $ 195.00 each)

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 February 04, 2022 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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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program  

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.  

Instructional Methods  

PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course 


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live presented online due to COVID-19
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • NERC registered entity personnel with compliance responsibilities
  • Compliance managers and directors
  • Generation owners and operators, including Independent Power Producers and renewable energy project developers
  • Transmission owners and operators, including merchant transmission projects
  • Attorneys and regulators
  • RTO/ISO staff

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