Generation Peer Sharing
April 15-16, 2014
San Ramon, California - In WICF's first ever Generation peer sharing event, over fifty participants from over thirty different
companies met on April 15-16. Led by Leland McMillan, the WICF Generation Focus Group drove the effort, with support from the
WICF Steering Committee and various generation experts across the country. The event was highlighted by participants discussing
compliance and enforcement items including: the sharing of ideas, lessons learned, problems solved, and regional audit
experiences. Specific topics included PRC standards, Future High Risk Standards, VAR standards, Internal Controls, CIP Standards,
Internal Compliance Program, Generator Lead Lines, FAC-008, and others. Hosted by Pacific Gas and Electric, this event was open
to a NERC registered entity audience with Generation background, and it featured a unique format designed to facilitate discussion.
There was no cost for attending this event - the only requirement was that each participant sign-up as a contributor to one or more
of the agenda topics. Participants delivered information through various formats, including power point slides, discussion, and
panel participation - the flexibility fostered essential peer sharing for enhancement of NERC compliance programs!
This event was targeted specifically to how registered entities are addressing NERC/WECC standards as they relate to Generation.
In this context, generation includes application of programs ranging from large vertically integrated utilities to small merchant
generators, and everything in between. Attendees included registered entities that owned only one BES generator to operators of
many facilities across the country to entities who include GO and GOP functions along with a myriad of other registered functions.
Individual participants ranged from plant managers to compliance professionals to engineers and various other utility roles. WICF
sees this type of event as essential to WICF's future. The small group participant format enhanced sharing and networking to
facilitate successful knowledge transfer. Since everyone was "required" to share, broad perspectives were achieved across
each topic. As a result, information sharing about regulatory experiences and operational practices were evident.
Survey results showed an overwhelmingly satisfied audience as well as idea generation for future events. Since small group events
are inexpensive and information sharing is extremely helpful, WICF will be entertaining the concept of facilitating future peer
sharing events. If your entity is interested in the benefit of such an event, and your entity has a facility capable of hosting
thirty or more people, please let the WICF Steering Committee know.
To collaborate with your peers on Generation compliance, please consider joining the WICF Generation Focus Group. For more
information or to become a member, contact Leland McMillan at email@example.com or 406-237-6917.