Last week, FERC approved the NERC CIP V6 standards, and I couldn’t help but remember the buzz when the CIP V5 standards were introduced in 2013. The transition from V3 to V5 represented a significant expansion of the infrastructure covered by CIP, and many electric utilities were concerned about the impact it would have on their operations.
Fast forward to today, a mere 62 days away from the CIP V5 deadline of April 1st, and we’ve all made great strides in understanding these new compliance expectations and gotten to work laying the groundwork for meeting them. And with that foundation in place, we will be in a great position to tackle CIP V6 and other regulatory changes going forward.
As a marketing communications specialist, I’m always keeping abreast of current industry news, and the energy industry in particular is a very collaborative community in regard to tackling current challenges. With the CIP V5 deadline looming and the CIP V6 standards having just been approved, I think it’s a great time to add to the CIP compliance conversation once again.
As we approach the NERC CIP V5 deadline, I’ll be sharing some salient tips from around the web to help you prepare for April 2016 and to improve your compliance practices going forward. And I’ll be sitting down with our in-house expert on NERC compliance, Terry Schurter, to get his thoughts on my research.
Read the next article in this series: Countdown to CIP V5 Compliance: Assume You Will be Audited