NERC CIP standards compliance

UtilitySafe to power contractor compliance program for PPL.

Atlanta, July 27, 2010—PPL Corp. (PPL) is the latest electric company to join UtilitySafe, a service from e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. that assists companies that must comply with NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards with workforce screening, training and cyber security awareness. PPL is the second electric company to utilize the service since it was launched a few months ago.

Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL owns or controls nearly 12,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S., sells energy in key U.S. markets and delivers electricity to about 4 million customers in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom.

“UtilitySafe will relieve PPL from the burden of internally tracking our CIP contractors’ compliance to several of the CIP personnel and training requirements contained in Standard CIP-004,” said PPL’s Sr. director-FERC/NERC Compliance, Robert E. Hoopes.

UtilitySafe facilitates routine workplace management processes through programs that organizations can create and implement via the system. Organizations can register their contractors, administer compliance training/testing, require personnel background checks and more through each program. The entire process is managed from one web-based platform that is accessible via The service requires no additional software or equipment and can be securely accessed from any PC.

“e-VERIFILE is pleased to offer an all-in-one solution that helps electric companies like PPL mitigate risk and manage their routine workforce compliance tasks. Compliance is often a labor intensive process that requires attention to detail, and our programs are specifically designed to make that process seamless and cost effective,” said Priya Wijesinghe, e-VERIFILE’s VP of sales.

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