Compliance - Registration and Certification

Organization Registration

All Bulk Electric System (BES) owners, operators, and users are required to register with NERC and are subject to compliance with approved NERC Reliability Standards and NPCC Regional Reliability Standards. The process for registration is described in Section 500 and Appendix 5A of the NERC Rules of Procedure.
 
The NERC Statement of Compliance Registry Criteria, detailed in Appendix 5B of the NERC Rules of Procedure, describes the criteria employed by NERC, NPCC, and the other Regional Entities to determine in consistent fashion which organizations should be registered as owners, operators, or users of the BES and included on the NERC Compliance Registry (NCR).
 
A Registered Entity is obligated to notify NPCC upon adding/deleting/transferring equipment, the sale of assets, changes in ownership, or similar matters so that NPCC may review the effect on the Registered Entity’s compliance obligations.
 
An element owner that uses the ERO BESnet application to enter a newly identified BES element which will result in the owner acquiring a functional obligation (e.g. becoming a TO) is obligated to either initiate an adjustment to their current registration or initiate a new registration with NPCC. By July 1, 2016, all newly identified BES elements resulting from the proper application of the FERC approved BES definition must be compliant with NERC Reliability Standards. In advance of July 1, 2016, NPCC will coordinate with such owners to complete the necessary registration activity.
 
This page contains forms to notify NPCC of new registration requests or changes to an existing registration.
 
Information on the NERC Risk Based Registration Initiative can be found here.
 
Please contact NPCC at registration@npcc.org with questions on registration.
 
 
Organization Certification
 
The NERC Organization Certification Process, detailed in Appendix 5A of the NERC Rules of Procedure, serves to ensure that the entity initially applying to be an RC, BA, or TOP has the tools, processes, training, and procedures in place to operate reliably. Such an entity will demonstrate the ability to remain compliant with all of the Reliability Standards applicable to the function(s) for which it wishes to perform by undergoing a Full Certification.
 
A Certification Review will be conducted when an already operating and certified RC, BA, or TOP makes certain changes. Examples of changes that usually constitute the need for a Certification Review include:
     ·         Changes to a Registered Entity’s Footprint or operational challenges caused by the footprint change
     ·         Organization restructuring that could impact the Bulk Power System reliability
     ·         Relocation of the control center
     ·         Changes to Registered Entity ownership requiring major operating procedure changes
     ·         Significant changes to JRO/CFR assignments or changes to the agreements themselves
     ·         Addition or removal of member JRO/CFR utilities or entities
     ·         Complete replacement of SCADA/EMS system
 
This page contains forms to request a Full Certification of a new RC, BA, or TOP or a Certification Review of an existing RC, BA, or TOP.
 
Please contact NPCC at registration@npcc.org with questions on certification.