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Why Does NERC-CIP Certified Supervision Matter?

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Using certified transmission and distribution oversight services mean your utility construction project complies with strict NERC-CIP standards.

Transmission and distribution oversight services are critical to ensure that utility companies meet a baseline set of cybersecurity measures. If your oversight service provider is NERC-CIP certified, you can be assured that they are qualified to make sure your project meets required standards.

NERC-CIP (North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Critical Infrastructure Protection program) is a set of standards that regulates the security of the electric power grid across the US, part of Canada, and a small area of Mexico. NERC is subject to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and is organized and supported by a group of utility companies who work together to develop industry standards. Their goal is to ensure a stable, reliable power supply that is secured against cyber threats. In a world that is increasingly reliant on electricity, taking these precautions is more important than ever.

During a new utility construction or upgrade project, using proper transmission and distribution oversight services will not only minimize your risk of outages and other interruptions, but will ensure you comply with any applicable guidelines from NERC. Our organization is NERC-CIP certified and able to provide support for projects across the country. Contact us to find out more about our available oversight services.

Following NERC-CIP Standards is Critical to Our Nation

After a major blackout on the east coast of North America during the 1960s, a group of utility companies gathered to form NERC, working together to form base guidelines for electrical grid design and construction to help prevent future blackouts. Today, the possibility of cyber attacks from external forces is a serious and real threat, and one that NERC-CIP standards now address as well. Protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks is crucial in our digital age.

By providing oversight and monitoring services, NERC-CIP certified supervision mitigates potential threats to our energy grid. Certified supervisors will ensure that any facilities responsible for the transmission and distribution of energy follow the necessary cyber and physical security regulations. The reliability of our nation’s energy infrastructure is of the utmost importance, which is why maintaining NERC-CIP standards is so critical in utility construction. 

Keeping our power grid online and secure provides for and protects millions of Americans every day. As the landscape of cyber threats continues to evolve, adhering to the highest level of NERC-CIP standards is more important than ever. With so much riding on the proper functioning of these facilities, it is reassuring to know that there are measures in place to keep us safe and secure. 

Bypassing NERC-CIP Certified Supervision Can Cost You

All applicable North American utility companies must comply with NERC-CIP standards. That is why it is crucial to prioritize NERC-CIP supervision for any utility construction projects. These oversight service providers have made the time and investment in becoming certified in order to provide expertise and insight into NERC-CIP protocols. 

If you do not adhere to the latest NERC standards, not only is your system more vulnerable to security breaches and possible system failures, but it puts your company at risk of costly fines and penalties. NERC takes compliance very seriously, and has an internal monitoring program that tracks and enforces compliance through both regular audits and spot checks. Non-compliance may result in fines, sanctions, or other disciplinary actions. In addition, you will likely have to pay additional costs to upgrade your newly-finished construction project, if it was found to be non-compliant. 

Experienced Transmission & Distribution Oversight Services from TechServ

With our team of knowledgeable, NERC-CIP certified experts on the job, you can rest assured your project will be supervised with precision and professionalism. Thanks to our close ties with industry leaders, we stay informed about all new regulations and changes that could potentially impact your project.

We are committed to providing superior transmission and distribution oversight services for our clients’ individual needs. If you need a dedicated partner for transmission and distribution oversight services, call our team today. 

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