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Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS) is pleased to announce a partnership with Eagle Eye Power Solutions, a leading company in battery monitoring and testing solutions to meet NERC PRC-005 compliance.

The current cost of battery maintenance, testing and record keeping at an entity’s substations, generating facilities and control centers can be overwhelming. By installing the Eagle Eye Solution, Battery Maintenance and Testing can become “Real Time” and in most cases will provide more accurate test results, more complete maintenance and compliance records, and greatly reduce the recurring manpower requirements which will result in lower operating costs to your organization.

Meeting the Requirements

Eagle Eye Power Solutions offers battery monitoring and testing solutions to meet NERC PRC-005-2 Compliance. The Eagle Eye NERC Battery Monitoring System is an all-in-one, real-time integrated solution for utilities to meet full compliance with no required maintenance activities. Eagle Eye also offers portable NERC battery testing kits & battery load banks to meet portable testing requirements. To learn more, please visit: www.eepowersolutions.com.

Compliance to the Standards

Battery maintenance and testing is an important part of NERC Reliability Standard PRC-005-2. A key strength of PCS is the ability to assist our clients in developing good operating and maintenance practices by providing expertly crafted procedures, identifying appropriate evidence, training compliance staff and subject matter experts, and providing guidance on the organization and retention of compliance documentation that will deliver proof to regional auditors that both reliability and compliance are being met.

Proven Compliance Solutions brings nearly 200 years of combined industry expertise to assist our clients with their compliance needs. Our staff includes two former NERC auditors, NERC certified operators, compliance managers from numerous Regions throughout NERC, cyber security experts, experts in Nuclear Plant Interface Requirements, and project managers and support personnel necessary to make our clients’ compliance experience straightforward and efficient for PRC-005-2 and all NERC Reliability Standard requirements. Our team’s experience in the generation, transmission, marketing, control systems, physical/cyber security, compliance management, industry committee participation and leadership provides our clients with a unique and knowledgeable group of individuals and sets us apart in the industry. To learn more about Proven Compliance Solutions and the services we offer, please visit http://provencompliance.com.

PCS and Eagle Eye are ready to provide you with information, client results, and a strategy to improve your Battery Testing, Maintenance and Compliance while reducing your overall costs. To learn more, contact:

Proven Compliance Solutions: (262) 436-4116.

Eagle Eye Power Solutions: (414) 962-3377.

On June 4, 2015, FERC will hold a Technical Conference to discuss policy issues related to the reliability of the Bulk-Power System.

Advance registration is not required, but is encouraged. Attendees may register at the following webpage: https://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/registration/06-04-15-form.asp.

A free live webcast is also available for this meeting.

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS) is continuing its legacy of excellence in NERC Reliability Standards compliance support into its fifth year. Since forming in July of 2010, PCS has provided expert NERC compliance program development and implementation, gap analyses, mock audits, NERC/Regional audit support, including audit preparation, SME support, and post-audit support, as well as procedure writing, RSAW development, and on-site/off-site training for its clients. PCS’ record of supporting clients in successful audits is unsurpassed. Regional audit teams across the country recognize PCS’ approach to data organization when reviewing audit packages and provide positive feedback to PCS clients regarding this work. PCS-supported audits and pre-audit work has resulted in no unidentified potential violations for the documentation reviewed by the PCS team. PCS often identifies areas where improvements can be made, as well as areas of concern. Identified issues are resolved, mitigated, or self-reported, leaving no surprises when an audit team’s findings are received.

The challenges faced by registered entities experiencing compliance audits in 2014 have increased significantly. Audits are more in-depth and the experience of the regional audit team members has grown significantly since 2007. Beyond establishing and portraying a “Culture of Compliance,” the ability to show reliable operations through well written operating policies, procedures and the collection of appropriate evidence has been a key factor in the successful audits for PCS clients.

PCS President and Managing Partner, Crystal Musselman, emphasized, “PCS’ audit success story is entirely attributable to its excellent staff. The PCS team is a remarkable group of highly skilled individuals who continue to make our clients’ compliance experience uncomplicated, efficient and organized in a fashion that provides auditors confidence in the completeness and thoroughness of their program.” PCS consultants have decades of experience in generation, transmission, marketing, control systems, physical/cyber security, compliance management, industry committee participation and leadership that sets them apart in the industry.

The Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI) brings many unknowns to 2015 and the outlook of compliance audits. PCS is prepared to assist entities with identifying and developing internal controls (most of which are already in place) and provide support that will enhance an entity’s next audit, self certification or spot check.

For information regarding how Proven Compliance Solutions can assist with your NERC or Regional Compliance needs, call (262) 436-4116.

On March 19, 2015, FERC issued an order that approves in part, and denies in part, NERC's petition for approval of proposed revisions to the NERC Rules of Procedure that would implement NERC's risk-based registration initiative.  The initiative is intended to ensure that entities are subject to an appropriate set of applicable Reliability Standards by using a consistent approach to risk assessment and registration.  The Order approves NERC's proposal except for the proposed elimination of the load-serving entity function from the registry process, which it denies, without prejudice, and directs NERC to submit a compliance filing to address the Commission's concerns.  Click HERE to read the FERC order.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will meet this Thursday, November 20, 2014 and is expected to take further action on NERC Reliability Standard CIP-014-1 which addresses physical security of the Bulk Electric System.

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS) has been positioning itself to meet the needs of both its current and future clients with respect to CIP-014-1 since FERC issued its original NOPR.

Some of the activities PCS has undertaken include:

  • The enhancement of internal capabilities associated with Physical and Cyber Security.
  • The affirmation and strengthening of agreements with its current partner firms.
  • Building new relationships with Physical Security and Power Engineering partners that support a quality joint physical security review coinciding with Power Flow analysis, as required in CIP-014-1.

PCS President and Managing Partner, Crystal Musselman, stated, “What PCS envisions is a process of evaluation that encompasses proper Physical Security Assessments and Network Power Engineering Analysis that leads to consistent results for CIP-014 initial electrical defense assessments and affirmations.”

Francis Esselman, PCS Vice President and Managing Partner, Operations, goes on to say, “The key to success beyond simply meeting the CIP-014 requirements is for Physical Security science and Power System Engineering Analysis to come together to render an accurate picture of the overall risk, rank those in order, and then to focus on the protection of those that, in fact, have a viable impact on the reliability of the Bulk Electric System.”

PCS is monitoring this field of expertise with great interest and believes its in-house personnel and that of its partners bring the right attributes for all aspects associated with CIP-014 to meet or exceed the expectations for readiness. PCS continues to closely follow the CIP-014-1 approval activities and will share more on its vision and activities as its process develops. For more information contact Francis Esselman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (262) 510-2446. To read more about PCS and its NERC reliability standard compliance services, visit the PCS website at www.provencompliance.com.

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