In the last installment of our blog series on automating your Operations and Planning processes, we looked at the strategic and tactical advantages of automating your protection system maintenance processes, aka how to better tackle PRC-005. Now let’s look at PRC-005’s close cousin PRC-004, the standard for protection system misoperation identification and correction.
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SigmaFlow, L.L.C., is pleased to announce Louis Riendeau has accepted the role of Director of Professional Services. Within his new assignment, Riendeau will lead SigmaFlow’s Professional Services implementation team, working on best-in-class workflow platforms configured to solve customers’ unique problems in the NERC compliance and oil and gas industry. Jim Janicki, CEO for SigmaFlow said, […]
So far in our blog series on automating your Operations and Planning processes, we’ve examined FAC-008 – both Automating the Facility Ratings Management Process (FAC-008) and 6 Ways to Automate Your Facilities Management Processes. Today we’ll take a closer look at a different standard: PRC-005, which addresses Protection System and Automatic Reclosing Maintenance.
Co-Written with Guest Blogger: Kevin Conway, Executive VP-Operations at Intellibind In our last post, Automating the Facility Ratings Management Process (FAC-008), we looked at the intricacies of FAC-008 and the challenges that many organizations face with their facility management processes. Today, we’ll explore the modern alternative to spreadsheets and in-house databases for FAC-008 management: an […]
In this blog series, we’re examining how an automated approach to operations and planning processes can help organizations improve compliance and streamline processes across the organization to add more business value. Today we’ll look at facility ratings management, specifically FAC-008.
NERC’s FAC-008 requires that utilities define and maintain a Facility Ratings methodology, apply that methodology to its solely and jointly-owned BES Facilities, and communicate those Facility Ratings to impacted parties. It can be challenging to comply with the FAC-008 standard because related work is often distributed and shared across various business groups and information is maintained in a whole host of applications and spreadsheets. In addition, because of the large number of components that comprise a Facility, there is serious potential for calculation errors.
As an electric utility, you don’t get to decide if you will comply with NERC operations and planning standards, but you do get to determine how.
Many compliance teams still tackle compliance manually, with spreadsheets, email, repurposed project management or other tools, and maybe some duct tape. This works until it doesn’t: the list keeps getting longer, from an ever-increasing set of requirements to the growing load of tasks and actions associated with them, and your team is too small to handle everything effectively. Tasks fall through the cracks, people fall behind, so your overall compliance percentage falls, too. But you’re mandated to meet the requirements, you need to make sure your data stays within bounds, and you need to do it on an ongoing basis – which means at some point, you need a better solution.