Common Questions about NERC Registration Criteria

If you are an owner or operator of a responsible entity within the Bulk Power System (BPS), it is mandatory for you to register with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The purpose of NERC is to ensure and facilitate the secure and reliable operations of power utility companies across the United States, parts of Canada, and a portion of Baja California Norte, Mexico. Failure to comply with NERC’s Security and Reliability Standards can result in severe penalties, costing your company millions of dollars.

Learning about NERC registration criteria is an important first step in avoiding these fines and contributing to the reliability of the grid. Of course, managing an effective Internal Compliance Program (ICP) is an ongoing task that requires cutting edge data management software and professional consultations; however, becoming familiar with a few basic registry and certification responsibilities will save you and your company a great deal of trouble in the long run.

NERC Registration Criteria: Frequently Asked Questions

Which entities are required to register with NERC?

All BPS owners, operators, and users are required to register with NERC, as regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). However, following all of the steps in the Organization Registration process does not guarantee that NERC will enter your entity into the NERC Compliance Registry (NCR).

What is entailed in the application process?

First, contact your Regional Entity for all forms related to registration and certification. NERC registration criteria apply across the board, but you must submit these forms to your Regional Entity, which will evaluate your application and make a determination. Contact your Regional Entity for more information and assistance.

Am I also required to apply for certification?

The only entities for which certification is required are the Reliability Coordinator (RC), Transmission Operator (TOP), and Balancing Authority (BA). All other owners, operators, and users are simply required to register with the NCR. For more information, including a list of entity types required to register, see the Rules of Procedure, Appendix 5A: Organization Registration and Certification Manual.

What would jeopardize an entity’s chances of being included in the NERC Compliance Registry?

For starters, lacking a comprehensive system for capturing and reporting compliance-related data is sure to raise some red flags. Commonly penalized violations also include issues with Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), which relate to cyber critical assets and personnel background checks. As a rule, all NERC registration criteria must be fulfilled and compliance managed in order to be listed on the NCR.

My entity does not have a NERC ID yet. Do I need to obtain one before registering?

If you do not have a NERC ID to enter on the form, NERC will assign one to your entity. In the case that your entity is responsible for more than one function, you will only need one NERC ID.

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