Industry Subject Matter Experts (ISME)

The SERC Industry Subject Matter Expert (ISME) program uses entity volunteers as supplemental audit team members. An ISME is selected to participate in an Operations and Planning or Critical Infrastructure and Protection audit based on background, experience, and technical expertise.

An ISME has the opportunity to observe tools, practices, and methodologies used by industry peers to maintain reliable grid operation and to ensure compliance with NERC Reliability Standards and requirements. An ISME can provide his or her company with information about industry best practices to maintain reliability and compliance. The ISME’s experience can also help the company prepare for an audit.

A volunteer can apply to become an ISME by completing the Industry Subject Matter Expert Application and Qualification Form listed under Documents.  Links to additional information are also provided.