The Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI) was a collaborative, multi-year effort among NERC, the Regional Entities, and industry to identify and implement changes to enhance the effectiveness of the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP).
Compliance monitoring and enforcement must be “right-sized” based on a number of considerations, including risk factors and registered entity management practices related to the detection, assessment, mitigation, and reporting of noncompliance. A risk-based approach is necessary for a proper allocation of resources and to encourage registered entities to enhance internal controls, including those focused on the self-identification of noncompliance.
In 2013 and 2014, the ERO Enterprise tested a number of risk-based concepts, processes, and programs under RAI and published guides and program documents related to the new and expanded processes and programs. Through RAI, NERC completed the design of the risk-based CMEP and is now focusing on program implementation. In particular, NERC and the Regional Entities will concentrate their efforts on four critical areas: training, continued outreach, oversight, and development of objective metrics to measure the success of the risk-based CMEP.
Please note that because RAI was completed in 2014, NERC will no longer include references to RAI in its communications. The information accumulated on this page will soon be duplicated on the Compliance and Enforcement page, which is undergoing improvements. This dedicated RAI page will remain in place, with all of its current content. If you have questions or comments about this page or its content, please email ComplianceOpsHelp@nerc.net