ICF Energy NERC Compliance

NERC Compliance

ICF International provides NERC compliance services and works with power providers to achieve NERC compliance and reliability goals.



ICF is an industry leader and has provided North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance services across all NERC regions. Our staff is experienced in regulatory affairs and compliance, audit, internal compliance program development, training development and delivery, cybersecurity, transmission modeling, and other disciplines.

ICF has developed perspective by working with Independent Power Producers (IPP), integrated utilities, municipalities, co-ops, and transmission companies. We attend key conferences and workshops and are active within many industry sharing groups. We have deep understanding of NERC standards, their origin, and how to comply in a timely and cost-effective manner.

ICF offers services that integrate NERC compliance into an overall business strategy. We help clients:

  • Build a sustainable and manageable compliance program
  • Assess effectiveness of an existing compliance program
  • Upgrade compliance programs to reflect evolving regulatory requirements
  • Develop and implement internal controls and audit programs
  • Provide independent evaluation of internal controls
  • Prepare clients for audit through gap analysis and mock audit services

ICF has supported registered entities in NERC compliance since 2006. We continue to improve and deliver value to our NERC clients in three core areas:

  • Services. We add services and improve internal processes, tools, and templates so that recommendations are clear and actionable.
  • Delivery. We develop methodologies to ensure consistent evaluation of NERC processes, procedures, and evidence. Observations derived from the application of these processes provide our clients with great confidence in testing results. We have one of the strongest delivery teams in the industry, featuring noted experts in reliability and compliance.
  • Pricing. Our pricing structure ensures that clients receive ICF quality at a highly competitive rate.

Featured Resources

  • Compliance program development—ICF assists clients in the development and implementation of compliance programs that meet the demands of mandatory and evolving standards.
  • Compliance policy and procedure development and training—ICF has extensive experience in developing policies and procedures to address reliability requirements and can provide training on NERC procedures to support consistent performance of compliance-related tasks.
  • Internal controls development—ICF works with clients to design, implement, and assess internal controls and related audit programs to achieve long-term and sustainable compliance.
  • Audit preparatory assistance: gap analysis and mock audit—ICF helps prepare client personnel for audit. The most effective way to prepare for a NERC audit is through a third-party evaluation of compliance program documentation, procedures, and evidence.
  • Internal controls evaluation and testing—ICF designs internal audit programs to sample compliance activities on a defined timetable that considers compliance history, violation risk factors, industry compliance violation trends, and compliance reporting obligations.
  • Violation support—ICF works with clients to review findings and develop defensible positions by identifying appropriate or missing compliance evidence.
  • Managed services—ICF manages clients' NERC compliance and increases bandwidth for employees. With managed services, clients can remove staff pressure to find qualified, full-time compliance staff familiar with NERC intricacies and critical infrastructure protection (CIP) program requirements.
  • AES
  • AESO
  • Air Liquide
  • ATC
  • BP Energy
  • Caithness
  • Calpine
  • City of Farmington
  • Conoco Phillips
  • Direct Energy
  • Duke Energy 
  • Dynegy
  • Edison Mission
  • Entergy
  • enXco
  • First Wind
  • GE Energy
  • Hoosier Energy
  • Horizon Wind
  • IPL 
  • J-Power
  • LA Hydro
  • Luminant
  • Maxim Power 
  • Mid-George Cogen
  • Nexen
  • Northern Star
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • Orion Energy
  • Panda
  • Reliant Energy
  • Rio Tinto
  • SDG&E
  • Sempra
  • Southern California Edison
  • TMPA 
  • TransAlta
  • Tri-State Generation and Transmission
  • Valero
  • Xcel Energy

Contact Info

info -at- icfi -dot- com

+1.703.934.3603 or +1.800.532.4783

9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031-1207 USA

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