Reliability and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards

Many entities are involved in measuring, managing and approving the reliability and security of bulk-power systems. Troutman Sanders represents and advises utilities on the entire range of compliance and enforcement activities before the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), SERC Reliability Corporation (SERC), Texas Reliability Entity (TRE) and ReliabilityFirst Corporation (RFC).

Our lawyers draft comments on proposed modifications to the NERC Rules of Procedure, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program and other reliability coordination proposals. We counsel companies in compliance audits and enforcement actions in NERC regions (including SERC, RFC and TRE) from preparation through final settlement negotiations, significantly reducing the compliance exposure of our clients.

  • Represented a vertically integrated utility in RFC “693 Standards” and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance audits
  • Provided counsel and advice to electric utilities regarding the establishment and enforcement of mandatory NERC reliability standards associated with the Energy Policy Act of 2005
  • Provided counsel and assistance with numerous utility audits and investigations by NERC, regional entities and FERC’s Office of Enforcement regarding compliance with NERC reliability standards, including those related to CIP
  • Advised on the development of a compliance program implementing mandatory NERC national and regional reliability standards


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