Align and Secure Evidence Locker (SEL)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Align and the Secure Evidence Locker (SEL) are tools used by​ NERC, Regional Entities, and registered entities in the co​nduct of the ERO Enterprise Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP). Align and the SEL provide:

  • A more secure method of managing and storing CMEP data
  • Alignment of ​​​​​common business processes, ensuring consistent practices and data gathering
  • A standardized interface for registered entities to interact with the ERO Enterprise
  • Real-time access to information, eliminating delays and manual communications
  • Consistent application of the CMEP
  • Ease of Access, e.g., ability to download all standards and requirements for use in other systems

Align Overview

Align has positioned the core CMEP business processes of NERC and the Regional Entities on a single, secure platform that includes functionality related to Enforcement and Mitigation, Periodic Data Submittals, Technical Feasibility Exceptions, Self-Certifications, Audits and Spot Checks, Inherent Risk Assessment, and Compliance Oversight Plans.

SEL Overview

The SEL provides enhanced security in evidence collection via a NERC on-premises environment.  Moreover, the SEL supports effective data and information handling practices.

This site will be regularly maintained and updated with current information regarding the status of Align and the SEL. The site will also include materials related to future releases, training, webinars, and outages.

For questions or to suggest potential enhancements:

For Align or SEL IT Support:​


 Current Status and Outage Information

SEL services are currently available. 
Align is​ currently available. 

The ERO has scheduled maintenance activities that will cause the Align system to be inaccessible. The scheduled maintenance activities will start June 15, 2024, at 7:00 a.m. Eastern (4:00 a.m. Pacific) through end of day. This planned outage only affects acc​essing Align. Information regarding this outage will also be displayed on the My Align News & Update section of Align.
Align-and-SEL-Data-Handling_August_2021.pdfAlign and SEL Data Handling
Align Governance Model 2020.pdfAlign Governance Model
Align-Program-Business Case_Updated_September_2021.pdfAlign Program Business Case
Align-Registered-Entity-SEL-Functional-Requirements_February_2021.pdfAlign Registered Entity SEL Functional Requirements
ERO-Enterprise-BES-Artifact-Submittal- Exception-Process_02092022.pdfERO Enterprise BES Artifact Submittal Exception Process
SEL_Cheat_Sheet.pdfSecure Evidence Locker Cheat Sheet
Align_Release_Notes_Release_4.5.1.pdfAlign Release Notes 4.5.1
Align_Release_Notes_Release_4.5.2.pdfAlign Release Notes 4.5.2
Align_Release_Notes_Release_4.5.3.pdfAlign Release Notes 4.5.3
Align_Release_Notes_Release_5.0.0.pdfAlign Release Notes 5.0.0
Align_Release_Notes_Release_5.1.0_20231202.pdfAlign Release Notes 5.1.0_20231202
Align_Release_Notes_Release_6.0.0_revised_20240312.pdfAlign Release Notes 6.0.0_revised
Align_Release_Notes_Release_6.1.0.pdfAlign Release Notes 6.1.0.
Align_Release_Notes_Release_7.0.0.pdfAlign Release Notes 7.0.0
SELReleaseNotes.pdfSEL Release Notes
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