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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.

Proven Compliance Solutions, Inc. (PCS) is pleased to announce its eight-year anniversary in the field of NERC Reliability Compliance Consulting.  PCS has firmly established its level of excellence in providing NERC and Regional Reliability Standards consulting services for both the Operations and Planning Standards and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards.

PCS was formed in 2010 by a team of seasoned compliance professionals who continue to make a qualitative difference in the electric utility industry.  Collectively, the PCS team has over 300 years of industry experience in literally all aspects of the power system including generator and transmission system operations, technical writing, marketing, and regulatory compliance, all from an industry standpoint.  PCS has managed over 430 projects that have served the compliance needs of more than 130 industry clients throughout the U.S. and Canada, providing a full range of compliance support and program management.  Many clients have been with PCS since 2010 and continue to request services, as well as refer PCS to their colleagues on a regular basis.

PCS’ executive team includes Crystal Musselman, President & CEO (WECC Standards Committee member, Western Interconnection Compliance Forum founder and former chair), Mitchell Needham, PE, Vice President – NERC Consultation Services O&P (former NERC Reliability Readiness and Compliance Auditor with over 40 years of experience), Francis Esselman, Vice President & Managing Partner (over 40 years industry experience in fossil plant operations and system operations management), and Ryan Carlson, Vice President – Critical Infrastructure Protection Services (27 year cyber security industry expert).

PCS services include audit support and preparation, compliance assessments, mock audits, gap analyses, staff training, authoring and implementation of Internal Compliance Programs (ICPs), development and implementation of reliability compliance documentation, proper document management methods, and advising clients on reliability compliance issues.  PCS works with entities to develop and implement sound operational procedures that support all aspects of regulatory compliance.  The PCS team is unique in that it has extensive expertise from both sides of the audit table, as well as in the implementation and management of NERC compliance programs.  The team includes two former NERC auditors, two former WECC CIP auditors, five former compliance program managers, and a track record of excellence in Regional audits.

Anita Swanson, PCS Director, Assistant Corporate Secretary and Project Manager overseeing numerous client projects, summed up the last eight years for her as, “An incredible and rewarding experience.  The satisfaction of knowing the PCS team is making a meaningful difference for each of our clients makes the efforts very worthwhile.  The appreciation and positive feedback that we receive from our clients on a continual basis is a great affirmation to our hard work.  I’m very fortunate to work with a group of outstanding colleagues, all of whom bring an incredible amount of industry experience and expertise to each and every project.  I look forward to many more years with PCS.”

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 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.

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), industry recognized for excellence in NERC and Provincial Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services, has been providing Audit Preparation and Support Services to multiple clients throughout the U.S. and Canada, with very successful outcomes following their Regional audits.

PCS has become the team of choice for entities of all sizes for both off-site and on-site audits.  During the audit process, PCS supports its clients by participating in pre-audit calls, reviewing and preparing RSAWs and evidence packages, assisting with pre-audit data requests, submitting documents, and reviewing the pre-audit survey, along with other requested tasks.  During the audit week, whether on site or off-site, PCS assists with responses to data requests, prepares SMEs for interviews and participates as an SME during interviews, and assists with other aspects of the audit as they arise.

Collectively, the PCS team has over 300 years of industry experience in literally all aspects of the power system including generator and transmission system operations, technical writing, marketing, and regulatory compliance, all from an industry standpoint.  PCS has managed over 430 projects that have served the compliance needs of more than 130 industry clients throughout the U.S. and Canada, providing a full range of compliance support and program management.  Many clients have been with PCS since the company was formed in 2010 and continue to request services, as well as refer PCS to their colleagues on a regular basis.

Mitchell E. Needham, P.E., PCS Vice President – NERC O&P Consulting Services, shared the following after returning from a client site where he provided audit support:

“As the Regional Auditors were concluding the successful audit, one of the team members came up to me and stated, ‘You all have done a great job with these folks.  We recognize PCS work when we are auditing your clients’ sites.’  It’s great to hear those comments over and over again, because it means not only are we successful in our deliverables to our client, we know we’ve contributed to establishing a culture of compliance for our clients and their SMEs by helping them become more aware of their responsibilities and roles in providing greater reliability to the Bulk Electric System.”

Client success and satisfaction is the top priority of each member of the PCS team.  Providing services that assist clients in accomplishing their goals and maintaining a compliant program is a part of the PCS culture and has served its clients well.

Along with audit preparation and support, PCS provides a full range of Reliability Standards compliance services.  PCS Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services 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.

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), industry recognized for excellence in Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services continues to see major growth in its O&P and CIP Reliability Standards compliance support throughout Canada.

Understanding the differences between the regulatory bodies, along with the variations in the Reliability Standards among the Canadian Provinces is a key factor in developing an accurate compliance program and providing support services.  Whether PCS is assisting a Canadian based Entity or a Company whose footprint in generation and delivery of power extends across the Canadian border, PCS has the experience to provide expert Reliability Standards compliance support services applicable to each of the Canadian Provinces.  PCS is successfully developing, implementing and managing Reliability Standards compliance programs for multiple clients across Canada.  Along with program development and support, PCS is also providing services for our Canadian clients that include mock audits, training Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), preparing audit-ready documentation and providing both off-site and on-site support during their Regional/Provincial audits.

PCS monitors Reliability Standards compliance activities and standards development for multiple provinces and maintains a keen understanding of the nuances associated with achieving and maintaining compliance in each.  Crystal Musselman, PCS President & CEO, monitors Regional and Provincial activities for our clients as part of her role at PCS and had this to say: “Understanding and maintaining an awareness of the differences and nuances associated with each of the Provincial requirements is an important and crucial aspect to our clients’ Reliability Standards programs. PCS monitors and tracks standards development and changes throughout the Canadian Provinces in order to support our Canadian clients and their programs.”

PCS provides a full range of Reliability Standards compliance services.  PCS Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services 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.

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), industry recognized for its excellence in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services, continues to receive appreciation from its clients for their Audit Preparation and Support Services.

Regional Compliance Audits, even for the best prepared organizations, still raises the “beats per minute” of many compliance professional’s hearts, beginning with the audit notice and continuing through the final audit report.  For many clients, enlisting PCS has become an effective way to keep that heartbeat consistent.  PCS has managed over 430 projects that have served the compliance needs of more than 130 industry clients throughout the U.S. and Canada.  These projects have included audit preparation and on-site audit support.  PCS assists with reviewing and preparing RSAWs and evidence packages, assisting with pre-audit data requests and reviewing the pre-audit survey, along with other requested tasks.  While on site, PCS assists with responses to data requests, preparing SMEs for interviews and participating as an SME during interviews, and assisting with other on-site logistics.  PCS has also completed over 60 Mock Audits/Gap Analyses in the last 36 months. Our clients continue to express their appreciation and maintain PCS as their “Go to Provider” for NERC compliance ongoing support.

Call PCS today and ask about Audit Preparation and Audit Support Services.  PCS can provide both a quote and a listing of clients willing to share their experiences. 

Along with audit preparation and support, 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 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.

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