By - Jon Brown

NERC & FERC Compliance for Renewables
December 9-10, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV

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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 associated with 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.

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 and 693 Standard 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 6/7, the Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI), the new and emerging standards on Physical Security, Geomagnetic Disturbances, Distributed Energy Resources, etc.
  • Discuss the complexities of building a compliance program



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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 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  

PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course.  


Monday, December 9, 2019

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

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

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

Overview of NERC / FERC Compliance

  • Federal Power Act & NERC as Electric Reliability Organization
  • Rulemaking & Standards Development
  • Compliance & Registration Overview
  • Understanding JROs and CFRs
  • 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 Requirement

  • 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)
  • Comply, Assure, Integrate, Innovation Model

Tuesday, December 10, 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 (Version 6/7)
  • Overview of Current NERC CIP Requirements
  • Supply Chain and Cyber Security, Managing Complexity and Compliance
  • Tools and Resources
    • A Few Words About “Tools” and NERC CIP Compliance
    • Active Vulnerability Assessment Tools
  • Danger: Active Scanning of ICS Environments is Risky Business!
    • Resources
  • Emerging Issues and New Standards


Terry Brinker, President, Reliable Energy Advisors (REA)

Terry is a 23-year industry leader who has served in various leadership roles at NERC, Mid-Continent ISO (MSIO), and NIPSCO (NiSource). While at NERC, Terry led the Registration department, Standards Information department, and Personnel Certification department. Terry led the Risk-based Registration effort which was approved by FERC and is in effect today. As a Senior Event Investigator Terry has conducted numerous audits, compliance reviews, and certifications. As a consultant Terry has built compliance programs, conducted internal controls evaluations, mock certifications, and mock audits. Terry has an M.B.A from Indiana University Northwest and a Certification in Strategic Management from Harvard University.

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.

Jerome Farquharson, Global Practice Director, Burns & McDonnell

Mr. Farquharson is an experienced Security Network Engineer with 17 years IT experience that includes experience in Network Design Implementation using the NIST, ISO, ISA and FISMA standards as well as 10 years of regulatory compliance experience with HIPPA, FERC, and NERC standards. As the leader of Burns & McDonnell’s Compliance and Critical Infrastructure Protection practice, Mr. Farquharson has spent the past eleven years implementing internal compliance programs, evaluating security architectures and risk assessments medium and large sized IOU, Municipality and Cooperative environments. He has presented educational papers at numerous industry conferences and forums to address transmission and generation operational compliance issues. He has performed numerous compliance audits for large investor owned utilities to determine the level of regulatory exposure and define mitigation strategies to minimize penalty. Mr. Farquharson is actively involved with the NERC subcommittees and regional Information Systems Audit and Control Associations. His initiatives have helped define security, regulatory compliance and utility technology solutions for critical infrastructure organizations such as electric utilities, government facilities and process industries. Mr. Farquharson has also successfully completed the Fundamentals of Auditing for NERC Compliance Training Course.


Hilton Lake Las Vegas

1610 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy

Henderson, NV 89011

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of December 8 – 9, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$109.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to November 15, 2019.


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