Vermont Business Magazine Utility Services Inc. (USI) received an award on May 25, 2017. USI was recognized by the Global Energy Utility & Telecommunications Awards as the leader in the industry and the “Best Utility Compliance Consultancy Firm - USA.”
At a celebration of USI’s 10th anniversary with clients, staff, and invited family and friends, Brian Evans-Mongeon, President and CEO, announced to the guests the honor of receiving such an award. “This award is because of our dedicated staff of professionals, and without their continued commitment to our overall mission of serving our clients, none of this would be possible. The clients we serve are the reason we exist and are the catalyst for all that happens at Utility Services, and their continued trust in us is where our success should be credited.”
From the Global Energy News website, “The utilities and telecommunications industries are one that is constantly changing and developing with new movement within the sector. Despite the constant change, individuals and firms continue to strive towards success with their innovative thinking and tireless efforts.”
It continues, “Which is why the 2017 Global Energy News Award celebrates and honors the hard work and best practice in the profession and recognizes the best in the industry. These awards recognize firms and individuals who have adapted to the constant shift in the market and managed to make themselves stand out amongst their competitors in the past 12 months they have been initiated to showcase the varied talent across the industry including both the public and private sectors.”
Evans-Mongeon remarked “Since the establishment of the Energy Policy act of 2005, the compliance and reliability programs have steadily increased in scope, and the requirements associatied with the performance standards have demanded more resources each year. Part of our services provide for working with our customers to ensure the understanding and meeting ongoing performance objectives.” He continued, “To achieve this, it is vital that we operate a strong workforce, all of whom are dedicated to acting as a back-office support service for our clients.…Utility Services staff are available to assist with any obligation that is imposed on the entity.”
About USI - The Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandated the creation of the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO). In May 2007, Utility Services was formed as a service organization to assist companies in the ERO’s compliance and reliability efforts. Under the ERO, registered entities are obligated to demonstrate compliance and operating reliably through specific performance requirements approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Since its inception, Utility Services has provided guidance and assistance on registration, compliance, and standard development to over 100 registered entities in all eight NERC regions of the United States and Canada. Our constituents include publicly owned entities, independent generation, and transmission owners. Utility Services has participated in over 200 audits since its inception. To date, our customers have had less than 10 enforcement actions.
Utility Services is a member of ISO New England, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and several of the NERC regions (NPCC, RF, FRCC, MRO, & WECC), as well as the NERC Ballot Body for Standard Development (NERC RBB), and various other standing committees. Additionally, Utility Services is involved in the APPA, NEPPA, NWPPA, TAPS, WICF, and the NAGF. Our staff is actively serving on standard development teams, working groups, and task forces, working to keep informed of the new trends and discussions that are current in compliance and reliability. Brian Evans-Mongeon currently serves as Chair of the NERC Planning Committee, Co-Chair of the NERC Essential Reliability Services Working Group, and Chair of the NPCC Reliability Coordinating Committee.
Utility Services has customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, California, Oregon, and Washington in the United States. In Canada, we serve customers in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.