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Ensuring a Successful NERC Audit in 2014 with “Living” RSAWs

Certrec’s “Living” RSAW Solution Cuts Through the Complexity of Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets (RSAWs) Pre-Audit Narrative, Evidence, & Submittal Requirements

Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) October 24, 2013 — Certrec, a leading licensing and regulatory compliance service provider that supports NRC and NERC compliance, is pleased to announce its “Living” Reliability Standard Audit Worksheet (RSAW) solution for complying with NERC audit requirements. 

NERC Compliance Enforcement Authorities (CEAs) use Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets (RSAWs) to determine if Registered Entities comply with applicable reliability standards and requirements, to identify non compliances (potential violations), and to issue sanctions. 

“RSAWs are the ‘make it or break it’ component of a NERC audit – as they are the road map of a Registered Entity’s compliance program,” says Ted Enos, President of Certrec. “The RSAW is also an Entities’ primary method of communicating its internal compliance process, controls, and evidence as:

  • they determine whether or not sufficient evidence supports compliance with applicable NERC standards and requirements, 
  • they are the tool for identifying non-compliances and potential violations, and
  • they serve as a public record of an audit.” 

“Regulatory audits of Registered Entities are typically 3 to 6 years apart,” notes Enos. “This often challenges resource-strapped NERC Compliance managers due to: 

  • RSAW knowledge gaps between audits, 
  • the difficulty of RSAW preparation, 
  • inconsistent RSAW implementation during audits, 
  • lack of central repository for RSAW files, folders, and evidence, and 
  • exacting RSAW submittal package requirements.” 

Certrec’s “Living” RSAW Solution Cuts Through the Complexity of Narrative, Evidence, and Submittal Compliance 

RSAW narrative requirements have been changing – requiring Registered Entities to more clearly depict the linkages between the standards, requirements, and narratives to specific evidence in the requirement. 

Certrec’s “Living” RSAW is a web-based solution for creating, managing, and submitting RSAW documentation and evidence in compliance with NERC submission criteria. 

Certrec’s “Living” RSAW solution quickly cuts through the complexity of managing RSAWs with a template based solution pre-loaded with regulatory standards, requirements, directives, and criteria (NERC, Regional Entity, ISO and RTO) and compliance narratives. 

What makes the “Living” RSAW solution even more unique is that the Registered Entity’s policies, procedures, evidence files, and lifecycle changes are then relationally linked to the applicable NERC standards and requirements within the RSAW – as well as Regional Entity, ISO and RTO requirements, criteria, and directives. 

Also of significant benefit is the inclusion of “One Click” RSAW package submittal – a web-based submittal tool that gives compliance managers the ability to submit self-audit or regulatory audit RSAW packages with the click of a mouse. 

The “Living” RSAW allows NERC compliance managers to easily keep completed RSAWs up to date with ever-changing NERC standards, requirements, guidance, and lifecycle changes. Changes made to the NERC Approved RSAWs do not significantly impact the “Living” RSAW, as Certrec updates the templates. 

About Certrec:
Certrec is a leading provider of regulatory compliance solutions for the energy industry with the mission of helping ensure a stable, reliable, bulk electric supply. Since 1988, Certrec’s SaaS applications and consulting know-how have helped hundreds of power-generating facilities manage their regulatory compliance and reduce their risks.

Certrec’s engineers and business teams bring a cumulative 1,500 years of working experience in regulatory areas of compliance, engineering, and operations, including nuclear, fossil, solar, wind facilities, and other Registered Entities generation and transmission.

Certrec has helped more than 120 generating facilities establish and maintain NERC Compliance Programs. We manage the entire NERC compliance program for 60+ registered entities in the US and Canada that trust us to decrease their regulatory and reputational risk. Certrec is ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certified and has successfully completed annual SOC 2 Type 2 examinations.

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