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Proven Compliance Solutions is more than just our company name. It is, in fact, a statement made with confidence and backed by our team’s successful work to date with over 100 electric utility clients in the United States and Canada. Our client references attest to our successful approach to NERC / Regional audits, our commitment to first-rate, long-term relationships, and our extensive experience spanning all facets of the energy industry. Our company's sole focus is NERC and Regional Compliance, whether assisting in audit preparation, sculpting corporate compliance documentation, or managing ongoing compliance activities for all aspects of NERC compliance including preparation for NERC CIP Version 5/6. PCS also has extensive experience in renewable energy and understands the unique compliance challenges faced by power producers in this rapidly evolving market.

Services include:

  • NERC Compliance Mock Audits – CIP and O&P
  • Internal Controls
  • Gap Analysis
  • Due Diligence
  • Assist in the preparation of Interconnection Agreements
  • Nuclear Plant Interface Requirements Assessments
  • Complete Program Development
  • RSAW Review and Preparation
  • Training
  • Oversight of the OATI webCDMS portal and reporting requirements
  • Internal Compliance Programs
  • Monitor Monthly FERC/NERC/Regional Developments and prepare individualized reports
  • NERC Alert Support

 

Contact Proven Compliance Solutions today to find out how the PCS Team can help your organization with its NERC and regional compliance needs.

Latest News

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. Adds Thomas Peterson to its NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Compliance Staff

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), industry recognized for its excellence in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services, is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas Peterson, CISM, CCSP, CISSP to the PCS staff as a Senior Cyber Security Consultant.  Thomas’ background of managing enterprise IT Security, manufacturing, automation and real-time environments will certainly enhance PCS’ ability to support its rapidly growing number of NERC CIP clients.

Thomas comes to PCS as a Certified Information Security & Technology professional with 25 years of technical and operational experience, with a passion for helping companies, communities and families stay safe from emerging information security threats.  Additionally, Thomas’ focus on Supply Chain, Big Data, Blockchain, Security Awareness, and compliance collaboration in Finance, Defense, High-Tech, Utility & manufacturing environments  will be beneficial to PCS and its clients, especially as utility systems continue to adopt and attempt to secure cutting-edge technologies from other industries.

Ryan Carlson, PCS Vice President - Critical Information Protection Services had this to say about Thomas joining the PCS team:

“Sometimes we need to reach outside the talent pool of the electric utility industry in order to bring in new insights and perspectives.  Thomas’ expertise in supply chain security management, cloud security and other emerging technologies, combined with a strong understanding of the application of NERC CIP cyber security controls, allows PCS to provide effective and compliant cyber security solutions for our clients. Without a doubt, Thomas will become a primary resource for our clients’ CIP-013-1 supply chain security management needs and an integral part of the PCS team across all of the other CIP Standards.“ 

Thomas’ career positions include Boeing 787 Crew Information Systems Security Engineer, Boeing Smart Grid Cyber Security Engineer, Principal Information Security Architect, and Engineering Services Manager.

Thomas was a contributing author to the NISTIR 7628, Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security, and the IEEE white paper on ‘The High Assurance Smart Grid’. He actively engages colleagues to discuss emerging risks and compliance gaps. Thomas has participated in the NIST and EPRI cyber security workgroups and is a member of Infragard, Critical Infrastructure.

I am extremely excited to join the PCS team.  Their depth of leadership, experience and talent in the industry is matched only by their laser focus on delivering exceptional products and services. Customer orientation, judgment and discernment are core values and bringing visionary and innovation advisory services further illustrates PCS’ commitment to excellence.

My passion is to navigate the positive tension between digital transformation, critical infrastructure, industry compliance, cyber security and safety. I believe that thoughtful leadership can chart a course, to bring the core requirements of reliability, security and safety, to a market that is ripe for transformative products and services. My goal is to balance responsibility, integrity and accountability while exploring the art of the possible.”

PCS NERC Compliance Consulting Services has an unsurpassed track record in Regional NERC Audit success.  Whether your need for support is in the area of Operations and Planning Standards or Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for your Utility, Generation Facility, Solar Facility or Wind Facility, PCS provides the technical expertise and program management support you desire.  PCS delivers compliance interpretations based on extensive auditing experience, coupled with programs and processes that provide you confidence in the compliance status of your organization.

For information on how PCS can support your organization's NERC Reliability Standards compliance needs, please contact Dale Zahn at (262) 436-4116 or visit our website at www.provencompliance.com.  #NERCcompliance #NERC #criticalinfrastructureprotection #weccreliability #SPPort #ReliabilityFirst #Texas_RE_Inc

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. Attends and Co-Sponsors the 2018 NAGF Annual Meeting

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), industry recognized for excellence in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services and for its Standards Compliance Intelligence Portal, recently attended and co-sponsored the 2018 North American Generator Forum (NAGF) Annual Meeting.

Dale Zahn, PCS Director and 39-year industry veteran had the following to share regarding the NAGF, “Being a part of the NAGF event this year reminded me of the impact a group of industry experts, focused on the Generator Owner (GO) and Generator Operator (GOP) segment of the industry, can have in supporting the increased reliability of the Bulk Electric System (BES).  I was able to see first-hand their growth as an organization, their leadership, and their members’ determination to have representation and expertise applied to improvements of current NERC Standards.”

As part of PCS sponsoring the NAGF meeting, Dale had the opportunity to showcase the PCS Team, its NERC Compliance Support Services, and the PCS Standards Compliance Intelligence Portal (SCIP) to the attendees. Dale commented on the value of accessibility of compliance support vendors at events such as this.  “Just as the NERC Standards constantly change, so do the abilities of compliance consultants and compliance related technologies offered by industry vendors.  It was great to see the camaraderie among each of the vendors and for the attendees to have a variety of services and technologies options to explore.  I was very pleased to have the opportunity to walk through the value of SCIP with multiple GO/GOP entities.  I appreciate the NAGF providing time during the meeting for these interactions.”

PCS staff members have been in the business of Operations & Planning (O&P) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) program development, implementation, technical procedure writing, staff training, and mock audit/gap analysis projects since the inception of NERC mandatory compliance.  PCS team members fully understand the ramifications of non-compliance and are working with numerous clients in multiple NERC Regions throughout the U.S. and Canada to implement their O&P and CIP programs.  Over 60% of the Standards have been changed or created in the past two years. PCS understands the challenges associated with staying on top of the Standards and firmly believes the SCIP application is a vital tool for accomplishing this task.

SCIP is NOT a Software Solution, but rather a customized, user friendly, real-time application developed and managed by PCS’ Reliability Compliance Professionals.  Simply log into the web-based portal to view your Entity-specific Reliability Standards Under Development, recently Approved Standards and implementation dates, changes to NERC Rules of Procedure, regional criteria and protocols, industry news, as well as hot topics and other reliability compliance related items.  SCIP addresses the full range of NERC O&P and CIP Standards.

If you and/or your compliance team would like to hear more about SCIP or see a demo, call PCS today and we will get you scheduled!  

Along with SCIP, PCS provides a full range of Reliability Standards compliance services.  PCS NERC Compliance Consulting Services has an unsurpassed track record in Regional Audit success.  Whether your need for support is in the area of O&P Standards or CIP Standards for your utility, generation facility, solar facility or wind facility, PCS provides the technical expertise and program management support you desire.  PCS delivers compliance interpretations based on extensive auditing experience, coupled with programs and processes that provide you confidence in the compliance status of your organization.

For information on how PCS can support your organization’s NERC Reliability Standards compliance needs and to request a SCIP Demo, please contact Dale Zahn at (262) 436-4116 or visit our website at www.provencompliance.com.

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. Adds Brian Van Gheem as Senior NERC Consultant

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS) is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Van Gheem, P.E., as Senior NERC Consultant, further strengthening its industry experience and operational expertise in both O&P and CIP NERC Reliability Standards Compliance.

Brian comes to PCS as an accomplished compliance and regulatory manager with extensive expertise in engineering, operations, regulatory support, training/development, compliance management, audits and reporting.  He has experience in conducting mock compliance audits, advising clients on process improvements for strengthening their compliance programs, and monitoring NERC initiatives, including standards development.  He has had an active role in both NERC related training and audit team support, as well as a role that focused on the responsibilities applicable to a Balancing Authority (BA) and Reliability Coordinator (RC).  Brian is a Registered Professional Engineer in both Michigan and Indiana, holding a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science in Management (MSM) and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

When asked about joining PCS, Brian stated, I am very excited to begin this adventure and cannot think of a better team to join than PCS.  I look forward to supporting our clients in their compliance efforts in developing programs, preparing/training Subject Matter Experts for audits, and helping them manage their ongoing compliance programs.  I believe there is a need for securing the reliability of the Bulk Electric System and am excited to be a part of the PCS team that delivers quality compliance programs that supports this endeavor.”

Mitchell E. Needham, PCS Vice President - NERC Consultation Services O&P and a 40-year industry veteran, is extremely pleased with Brian’s decision to join the PCS team.  “Brian brings a vast knowledge of the impact of NERC Reliability Standards on the industry and has actively participated in the development of those Standards.  Brian has a very unique book of accreditations, including having a BS in Electrical Engineering (in a rare ‘power option’ specialty), being a Registered Professional Engineer, holding a ‘train the trainer’ certification, as well as a NERC Reliability System Operator Certification.  His recent experience also includes providing interpretations of Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for clients.”

PCS provides a full range of NERC Reliability Standards compliance consulting services.  PCS has an unsurpassed track record in Regional Audit success.  Whether your need for support is in the area of Operations and Planning Standards or Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for your utility, generation facility, solar facility or wind facility, PCS provides the technical expertise and program management support you desire.  PCS delivers compliance interpretations based on extensive auditing experience, coupled with programs and processes that provide you confidence in the compliance status of your organization.

For information on how PCS can support your organization’s Reliability Standards compliance needs, please contact Dale Zahn at (262) 436-4116 or visit our website at www.provencompliance.com.