McCoy Power Consultants Inc. (MPC) was formed in 2009 in response to a need from NERC Registered Entities for assistance with their compliance efforts. MPC is a consulting firm that has firsthand knowledge of the NERC and Regional compliance monitoring processes and methods. We provide expertise with NERC Reliability Standards, the Regional Reliability Standards and the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Programs used by NERC and the Regions. Steve McCoy, CEO and Principal Consultant was previously Vice President and Director of Compliance at WECC and Bob Kiser, Principal Consultant for MPC was Manger of Audits and Investigations for WECC in their compliance department and both were principals in the development of the NERC and WECC compliance programs.
MPC has a wide knowledge base that spans all standards including Balancing, Communications, Emergency Operations, Transmission Operations, Personnel, Modeling and Planning. MPC provides consulting services to Registered Entities and strives to provide the highest quality products and services to their clients. MPC also provides a Compliance Monitoring and Reporting Program to assist Registered Entities in their routine compliance activities.
Steve McCoy Chief Executive Officer / Principal Consultant
Steve is the CEO and Principal Consultant for MPC. Steve specializes in all aspects of compliance with NERC and Regional Reliability Standards. He has a unique understanding of the development, organization and presentation of evidence necessary for a Registered Entity to show compliance with the reliability standards and the auditing methods used by auditors and investigators. Steve also specializes in preparing a Registered Entity for settlement conferences and hearings associated with an alleged violation(s) of a reliability standard. Steve McCoy was the Vice President and Director of Compliance for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), until the end of 2008. At that time Steve left WECC to start MPC.
Steve has over thirty years of experience in the power industry. Steve’s power system operation experience was with Southern California Edison and the California ISO. Steve left the CAISO to start-up the reliability standards compliance program for the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC). In 2006, Steve was engaged by WECC to implement the same compliance program and department start-up for WECC. He was instrumental in the drafting of the registration criteria, developing the concept of the first set Reliability Standards Audit Worksheets, and developed the initial internal compliance program evaluation criteria. Steve has lead or participated in over forty compliance audits and investigations in the FRCC and WECC regions.
Steve conducts gap analysis for Registered Entries and has a unique understanding of the internal workings of the NERC and regional compliance programs, the regional audit and investigation methods and processing of alleged violations, including being the WECC lead on all settlement negotiations until the end of 2008. There is no other consultant in the industry that has the knowledge and experience Steve has to help an entity with registration issues, evidence preparation and review, audit and investigation preparation and settlement negotiations.
Bob Kiser Principal Consultant
Bob Kiser brings to MPC over 36 years of experience in electric utility transmission system operations and maintenance. Before working for MPC, Bob held the Manager of Compliance, Audits and Investigations position with the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), where he was responsible for the planning and implementation of WECC’s Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP), including Self-Certification, Self-Reporting, Spot Checks, On-Site and Off-Site Compliance Audits, Compliance Violation Investigations and Exception Reporting.
Prior to WECC, Bob worked for the USDOE, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), where he served as BPA’s Transmission Services Regional Manager for Western Oregon. As Regional Manager with BPA, Bob provided management and oversight of all aspects of BPA transmission system operations and maintenance in Western Oregon, including transmission line maintenance, vegetation management, substation maintenance, substation operations, transmission system protections and control, communications, and security. Additionally, while at BPA, Bob was a USDOE Certified Accident Investigator and a Certified Accident Investigation Board Chairman.
Dawn McCoy Chief Financial Officer / Administration
Dawn is the CFO of McCoy Power Consultants Inc. She manages the financial and administrative functions of MPC and oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, including budget management, all accounting functions, client contract management and travel schedules and arrangements.
Dawn also manages MPC’s marketing plan and develops company marketing materials and maintains the company website. Dawn is also responsible for editing company documents including client proposals, program documents, operating procedures and gap analysis reports.
Dawn has over 20 years of experience in corporate marketing as Project Manager, Publications Editor and Graphic Designer for such Northern California companies as the California Chiropractic Association (CCA), Vision Service Plan (VSP) and SureWest Communications. Dawn has a BA degree in Journalism from California State University, Sacramento.
Kimberly Takayesu Compliance Consultant / Client Representative
Kim manages corporate projects and MPC’s Internal Compliance Programs and is available to support MPC’s clients’ compliance needs. Kim also develops the monthly Industry News Updates, compliance reports, monitors compliance web-portals, conducts periodic reviews of compliance evidence, tracks outstanding compliance issues, prepares audit, spot check and periodic data submittals, monitors and implements GADs and DADs reporting, monitors and implements NERC Alert responses and any other compliance related issues.
Kim brings to MPC extensive experience with the NERC Reliability Standards and has assisted with developing procedures, organization and maintenance of compliance evidence, along with managing all aspects of the Regulatory and Registration processes for more than 25 wind farms with projects covered by four Regional Reliability Organizations (WECC, SPP, TRE, and RFC) and three Independent System Operators/Regional Transmission Organizations (ERCOT, CAISO and PJM).
Kim has worked in the Energy Sector as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist since 2005, with the main emphasis on wind generation, wind farm development, construction and operations.
Jane Watkins Compliance Consultant / Client Representative
Jane manages corporate projects and MPC’s Internal Compliance Programs, and is available to support MPC’s clients’ compliance needs. Jane interfaces with the clients and provides the following services and functions for the client: Develops monthly compliance reports, monitors compliance web-portals, conducts periodic reviews of compliance evidence, tracks outstanding compliance issues, prepares audit, spot check and periodic data submittals, monitors and implements GADs and DADs reporting, monitors and implements NERC Alert responses and any other compliance related issues.
Previously, Jane worked for Arizona Public Service Company (APS), for 27 years. Starting in 2007, Jane worked exclusively on NERC Reliability Standards and WECC Regional Standards. During this time, Jane participated in the standards development process, audit preparation, annual certification of compliance, document preparation, as well as monthly, quarterly and annual reporting. In addition, Jane has experience working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Jane has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University.