Risk is inherent in the energy industry, but the ability to effectively address and achieve regulatory compliance is the crucial factor in achieving competency.   

FREMONT, CA: Dynamic forces in the business landscape are driving energy companies to rethink their approach to compliance management. Increased investments in renewable energy sources, heightened consumer awareness, and technological transformations are profound factors that have an effect on the above trend. This unpredictable nature of future regulation lead by innovations has increased industry concerns about managing risks. What energy companies need at this juncture is a full-fledged strategy that can effectively achieve compliance without exceeding the resource capabilities. Here is the hint.    

  • Building a Roadmap

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to regulatory compliance as each enterprise follows frameworks that are specific to its own operating environment. Therefore, a predefined process for effectively addressing and achieving compliance should be in place, and it should address planning, readiness assessment, and remediation.

  • Understanding Scope and Planning Accordingly

Firms' commitment and readiness to compliance is essential to any compliance management program. It streamlines an organization's focus towards compliance, and makes identification, assessing, deciding, implementing, auditing and supervising the overall compliance program, easier. It is paramount for energy companies to understand the scope and implications of the unique regulations before internalizing the compliance program.  Each business has to tailor an approach for assessing the compliance and keep a check on non-systematic transactions, anti-fraud strategies, and loopholes.

  • Readiness Assessment

Readiness Assessment gives energy firms an easy and effective way to profile the current state with which they comply to regulations. Readiness assessment provides a way to checkpoint amid increasingly complex and expanding functional breadth. The readiness assessment will help firms understand the core strength of the compliance management process, and identify processes, documents, and records that are missing or incomplete. This will make it easier for energy firms to estimate the work required to create or update compliance efforts.

  • Remediation

In remediation, non-compliance risk is identified and prioritized. It is a process that can track the progress towards addressing the deficiencies. These deficiencies can be the result of equipment corrosion, failure, outdated infrastructure, obsolete control systems, or even cyber threats. All these issues need to be remediated to ensure compliance.Regulatory compliance is not a onetime exercise but a never-ending process. So, what energy companies need is a robust compliance strategy.

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