By - Jon Brown

NERC Fundamentals and Compliance
June 5-6, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Overview

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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

Credits

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.

 

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

This course will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions.

Agenda

Wednesday, June 5, 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 Reliability Standards and Requirements

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  • 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, June 6, 2019

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

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


  • 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, Director of Corporate Compliance Programs, Austin Energy

Andrew Gallo is the Director of Corporate Compliance Programs for Austin Energy in Austin, Texas.  He is also the current Chairman of the NERC Standards Committee and has served on the Standards Committee for many years. He previously served as Chair of the Texas Reliability Entity’s Regional Standards Committee.

He served as 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 becoming part of 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.

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

Call Central Reservations at 1-888-492-8847 and ask for the corporate rate under the Group Code: EUCI or visit https://denvertechcenter.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=102338 for the current EUCI rate.
(Hot Breakfast included and Free Shuttle to and from EUCI)

Other Nearby Hotels

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 E Tufts Ave
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-779-1234
0.3 miles away

Hilton Garden Inn Denver Tech Center
7675 E Union Ave
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

Event Standard RateAttendees
NERC Fundamentals and ComplianceUS $ 1395.00

This event has the following related events:

NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)US $ 1395.00

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  • Attend the Course and NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and pay US $ 2,195.00 per attendee (save US $ 595.00 each)

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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 May 03, 2019 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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