McCoy Power Consultants provides a wide set of services to help companies with the development of procedure and program documents, training programs, process and controls implementation, and root cause analysis. These services are provided both for the normal implementation of a company’s normal business practices and for compliance with the NERC Reliability Standards.

Procedures and Program Development

MPC will develop of procedures and program documents that Registered Entities are required to have for compliance with the NERC and regional Reliability Standards. As an example, MPC can develop the following procedures and programs:

  • Sabotage Reporting Procedures
  • Cyber Security Polices
  • Risk Based Assessment Methodology
  • Disturbance Analysis Program
  • Facility Connection Requirements
  • Facility Rating Methodology
  • Facility Rating Tables
  • Protection System Maintenance Program
  • Protection System Misoperation Evaluation Procedure
  • Outage Coordination Procedures
  • Outage Coordination Process Flowcharts
  • System Restoration Plans
  • Loss of Control Center Plans
  • Transmission Operation Procedures
  • Transmission Vegetation Management Program
  • Voltage and VAR Control Procedures

MPC has templates that are used for the development of these programs and procedures.

MPC can also develop any additional maintenance or operational procedures an entity desires regardless if they are required for NERC compliance or not.

Training Programs and Modules

MPC develops training programs and training modules based on the Systematic Approach to Training (SAT). Whether developing a full system operator training program or individual training modules MPC starts with a Job Task Analysis (JTA).  The JTA ensures that the program or module provides training specifically required for the tasks associated with the training activity. All MPC training programs and training modules are based on a clear set of learning objectives and include a student evaluation to ensure the required knowledge transfer and learning occurred during the training.

MPC has developed training templates that will help Registered Entities with compliance with NERC Reliability Standard PER-005-1 – System Personnel Training. This standard became fully enforceable on April 1, 2013 and requires the identification of Bulk Electric System (BES) reliability related tasks performed by the system operator.  The MPC JTA will identify these tasks. The new standard also requires that the system operator receive training on the identified reliability related tasks using the SAT methods. MPC can design and build your complete training program or individual training modules as needed.

Risk Based Assessment Methodology (RBAM)

MPC offers a Risk-Based Assessment Methodology and Evaluation Worksheet specifically for whether BES facilities are considered critical and subject to compliance with all NERC cyber security standards. The RBAM and evaluation worksheet provides a simplified, yet well documented methodology and evaluation worksheet that can be used to clearly demonstrate to the auditor the evaluation method and results for any BES facilities.

Process and Controls Implementation

MPC offers evaluation of any company’s implementation of their procedures and programs.  From this evaluation, MPC can help the company develop and implement process and controls to ensure that procedures and programs are implemented by system operators, system planners and maintenance personnel.  Correct implementation of procedures and programs can lead to increased reliability and ensure that adequate compliance evidence is maintain to demonstrate compliance with the NERC reliability standards.

Root Cause Analysis

A Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is typically used as a reactive method of identifying event(s) causes, revealing problems and solving them. Analysis is done after an event has occurred. Insights in RCA may make it useful as a preemptive method to prevent future similar issues or events.

MPC can conduct a root cause analysis for a company for a wide variety of issues or events. The results of the root cause analysis then will be used to improve a company’s business processes. In addition, a RCA can be useful in determining the cause of a NERC Reliability Standard violation.