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Come learn Generator Operator Fundamentals at our 3-Day Training Course!
November 30, 2018

Come learn Generator Operator Fundamentals at our 3-Day Training Course!

GridSME is excited to announce it is teaming up with an industry leading utility-scale SCADA provider, Nor-Cal Controls, to offer a three-day Solar PV Operations training seminar. Come join us at Nor-Cal Controls’ training facility, nestled near beautiful Lake Tahoe, for a thorough dive into generator operator fundamentals and systems. Our collective team of experts can help you learn the ins and outs of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and Data Acquisition Systems (DAS). You will leave understanding the ‘big picture’ as it applies to solar PV plant operations within the utility-scale sector. This is not a training you want to miss!

Check out the list of training topics and training dates HERE.

FERC Approves New Supply Chain Reliability Standards to Address Cyber Security Risks

On October 18, 2018, FERC issued a final rule approving NERC CIP Standards on supply chain risk management for high and medium impact BES Cyber Systems. This includes new CIP-013-1 requiring applicable entities to develop and implement a supply chain cyber security risk management plan, and new security controls under CIP-005-6 and CIP-010-3. The implementation period set by FERC is 18 months due to the time needed to implement a plan and controls under the new requirements.

GridSME has prepared a short summary of the final rule and these new requirements, which you can read here. GridSME can help you understand the new standards and develop a roadmap to meet the upcoming compliance requirements.

GridSME Welcomes Mark Rabuano as Director of Regulatory Compliance
October 12, 2018

GridSME Welcomes Mark Rabuano as Director of Regulatory Compliance

Grid Subject Matter Experts is excited to announce its new addition to the team, Mark Rabuano, as the Director of Regulatory Compliance. Mark has a strong legal background and substantial experience in energy regulation and compliance for public utilities and independent power producers. By joining GridSME, Mark will assist our GO/GOP clients by maintaining programs that mitigate and manage the risk of potential NERC compliance violations.

Prior to joining GridSME, Mark worked for the NAES Corporation from 2016 to 2018 as the Manager of NERC Services, where he directed management and oversight of 70+ NERC GO/GOP compliance programs, including implementation of procedures and internal controls necessary to maintain NERC compliance. Mark also worked at PacifiCorp from 2010 to 2016 in various roles including Senior Counsel of Pacific Power.

Mark graduated from UCLA Anderson School of Management with a Master’s in Business Administration, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Juris Doctor, and Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Arts in History and Communication.

Mark currently resides in Redmond, Washington and will telecommute with frequent visits to the GridSME office.

Welcome Mark!

NERC Webinar on Inverter Disturbances

On February 15, NERC hosted the first in a series of webinars titled “Inverter-Based Resource Disturbance Analysis Key Findings and Recommendations” which highlights the work of NERC’s Inverter Based Resource Performance Task Force (IRPTF). The webinar focused on the IRPTF’s analysis of two recent system events in Southern California.

GridSME has prepared a short summary of the webinar and report, which you can read here.

CAISO’s RIMS5 Changeover

Does your organization interact with CAISO?

If so, you may be aware that CAISO is updating its interconnection process and making the Resource Interconnection Management System v5 (“RIMS5”) the sole location for the transmittal of information pertaining to interconnection applications, interconnection studies, meter installation and maintenance projects (that are not Scheduling Quality Meter Data (SQMD) or Distributed Energy Resource Provider (DERP) projects), and New Resource Implementation (NRI) projects.

What does this mean to you?

You will no longer be able to email, mail, or physically deliver to CAISO documents or information related to the project types noted above. The transmittal of those documents will need to be done through RIMS.

When is this change effective?

December 31, 2017

If you aren’t ready for this change, don’t panic. GridSME can help.

Read the full write-up here

Kaspersky NERC Alert: Free Verification Tool

In response to the recent NERC Alert, GridSME compiled a tool that functions as a relatively quick way of identifying if Kaspersky software is on a system or verifying that Kaspersky is no longer installed after using their product removal tools. The tool recursively hashes the contents of the directory you tell it to, and compares each file hash to the NIST NSRL database of known Kaspersky file hashes , which is included in the zip archive available for download below. It can also be used “offline” by using a txt hash input list that is then compared to the NSRL database.

DISCLAIMER: By downloading this tool, user agrees and accepts that GridSME grants no express or implied warranty or guarantee of any kind, including, but not limited to, warranty of quality, merchantability, or fitness for a particular use or purpose. GridSME makes no representations as to the effectiveness of the tool. GridSME is not liable for any damage this tool may cause to your systems. While GridSME tested and verified the usage of this tool on its own systems, scanned with anti-virus tools, and provided integrity verification methods, GridSME strongly recommends that users take the appropriate precautions before introducing into any critical or production environment to ensure both security and compliance requirements are upheld.

If you have any questions about the NERC Alert, mitigation strategies, or need help using the tool, don’t hesitate to reach out to security@gridsme.com

Instructions

Tool download

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GridSME to feature at PV O&M USA 2017
October 9, 2017

GridSME to feature at PV O&M USA 2017

We’re excited to announce that GridSME team members Matt Barnes and John Franzino will be joining the likes of EDF, 8minutenergy, PG&E, Nautilus Solar, RES, Lendlease, MidAmerican, and many more at PV O&M USA 2017.

Matt will be exploring the business case and revenue streams for solar+storage projects with a panel of industry experts.

John will be explaining how to leverage available data to drive cyber security decision making for PV facility operations.

More information on the event, agenda, speakers, and attendees can be found here.

If you are interested in attending the 4th Annual PV O&M USA 2017 conference & exhibition this Nov 2-3 in San Jose CA, GridSME has a $200 discount code (GRIDSME200) for affiliates to utilize. To register at this rate, members need only quote the code when they register online or message Kerr Jeferies directly at kerr@newenergyupdate.com ahead of Oct 27 to secure this discount before the early bird rates also expire.

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