NERC Fundamentals and Compliance

NERC Fundamentals and Compliance

September 26, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“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, ongoing 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 increasing generation and transmission projects being proposed and built, it’s essential 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. A robust compliance program is one of the critical tenets supporting compliance, which can mitigate a penalty. 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. It 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 of the NERC standards, proven methods of compliance, and how to organize evidence best 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 Operational & Planning (693)
  • 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 Inverter-Based Resource Registration Impacts
    • Geomagnetic Disturbances FERC Order 881
    • Distributed Energy Resources NERC O&P upcoming standard changes


Tuesday, September 26, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Short breaks will be taken throughout the sessions (30 minutes total throughout the day)

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  

NERC Compliance and Enforcement  

  • Lessons learned 
  • Technical rationale vs.  implementation guides 
  • Standards efficiency review 

Risk-based NERC 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 


      Douglas Dickson, Senior Reliability Compliance Consultant, Burns & McDonnell

      Doug is a motivated, organized leader with a background in utility management, compliance, program management, business, and engineering. Doug has excellent communication skills and a passion for empathetic collaboration and change management. Doug gained direct NERC and WECC compliance experience during his tenure at Puget Sound Energy and Chugach Federal. He oversaw all NERC CIP and O&P compliance at the largest energy utility in Washington state. Managing PSE’s NERC/WECC 2019 compliance audit. Investigated, reported, and oversaw mitigation of potential noncompliance. Managed implementation of new standards. Led DOE executive order responses. Duties included but are not limited to:

      • Prepared SMEs for audit interviews
      • Reviewed CIP and O&P RSAWs
      • Conducted risk assessments
      • Coordinated all data requests and interviews
      • Wrote RSAW style guide
      • Developed internal controls

      Christopher Benally, Senior Reliability Compliance Consultant, Burns & McDonnell

      Christopher is a Senior Reliability Compliance Consultant and is a self-directed and driven team member working across multiple functional organizations managing, implementing, and improving regulatory compliance. He is a fast learner in a formal or informal setting with excellent oral, presentation, and written communication skills. Christopher has strong problem-solving and analytical skills with the ability to prioritize workload.

      • Primary Compliance SME for CIP-002-5.1a, CIP-005-5, CIP-007-6, CIP-009-6, CIP-010-2
      • Provide testimony and attestation
      • Respond to Auditor’s Request for Information
      • Backup O&P Compliance SME for FAC-008-3, MOD-025-2, MOD-026-1, MOD-027-1, MOD-032-1, EOP-004-1, EOP-009-0, FAC-008-1, PRC-004-2a, VAR-002-1.1b
      • Provide O&P SME coaching, clarification, or response to Auditor Request for Information

      James Crawford, Senior Compliance Consultant, 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.

      Terry Brinker, Senior Reliability Consultant and Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

      M. Brinker has over 25 years of industry expertise in nearly every facet of the business. He has led numerous large-scale CIP and O&P projects including audits, audit preparation, mitigation plans, root cause analysis, risk assessments, and internal controls implementation. Mr. Brinker has excellent people skills and excels in managing people, processes, and procedures. He has led multiple departments and transformed the industry through initiative such as Risk-based Registration. He also has extensive familiarity in Control Room Operations, Power Plant Operations, Transmission System Construction & Maintenance, Compliance, Registration & Certification, and Project Management.

      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 separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
      • 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.


      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 attendees for 7 days after the event


      NERC Fundamentals and Compliance

      September 26, 2023 | Online
      Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

      Volume pricing also available

      Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

      Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
      Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
      Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

      This event is related and may be of interest.

      NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

      September 27-28, 2023 | Online
      Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

      Volume pricing also available

      Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

      Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
      Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
      Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

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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 

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      Course CPE Credits: 7.0
      There is no prerequisite for this Course.
      Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
      Program Level: Basic
      Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
      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