The Align Project

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May 15, 2020

The latest editions of the Align Newsletter for regions and registered entities are available under News and Communications.

May 13, 2020

Align Update: Secure Evidence Lockers - Updated Specifications as of April 29, 2020

As noted in the January 27th stakeholder webinar and supporting materials, the ERO Enterprise will be implementing a Secure Evidence Locker (SEL) in conjunction with Release 1 of Align. Several registered entities voiced interest in implementing​ a registered entity SEL as an alternative to the ERO Enterprise SEL. In response to this interest, the Align project team is providing a functional specification document for any registered entity SEL. You may access the specification by clicking here or under Important Documents in the right hand column of this web page.

All stakeholders are welcome to review the specifications. If you have comments or questions, you may submit those to AskAlign@nerc.net.

A final version of this document was posted on April 29, 2020.

​The project team continues to update the Align FAQ page with incoming questions submitted by stakeholders. Updates to FAQs are posted on a frequent basis so check back often. A new search feature was added to aid in finding answers to specific topics or keywords.

Submit questions related to the webinar to AskAlign@nerc.net

January 27, 2020

Align Webinar Available


 Submit questions related to the webinar to AskAlign@nerc.net
 
 A pre-recorded webinar providing an update on the Align Project was held with stakeholders on Monday, January 27, 2020. The webinar provided information on the ERO Enterprise’s approach to collecting, maintaining, and securing registered entity evidence and CMEP documentation, along with enhancements to the project intended to address the issues related to collection and securing of data and evidence described in the November 19, 2019, Release 1 Deployment Update.
 

Specifically, the webinar walked through the ERO Enterprise’s approach to collecting and maintaining CMEP information and ERO Enterprise work papers and workflow within the Align tool, along with enhancements to existing work paper development processes to support conclusions without the need to store data for extended periods.  Finally, the webinar introduced and explained an evidence locker technology approach, separate from Align, where registered entity evidence will be submitted.

Questions about the content in the webinar can be submitted directly to the project team via email at askalign@nerc.net. All questions are welcome. Answers to common questions will be compiled and posted to the Align FAQ page on January 31, 2020, and once weekly thereafter. Emails to askalign@nerc.net will monitored and individual replies will be limited to a​ny needed clarification. 

 

 News and Communications

  
  
1-Align-Program Business Case Updated April 2020.pdf1-Align-Program Business Case Updated April 2020
1-Align-Registered Entity SEL Functional Requirements Updated April 29 2020.pdf1-Align-Registered Entity SEL Functional Requirements Updated April 29 2020
Align Project Change Agents.pdfAlign Project Change Agents
Align Technology Project Summary Sheet.pdfAlign Technology Project Summary Sheet

 Benefits

Benefits
The objectives and benefits of the Align Project are:
  • Single, common portal for registered entities, enabling consistency of experience
  • Real-time access to information, eliminating delays and manual communications
  • Improved capability to support the Risk-Based Compliance Oversight Framework
  • Enhanced quality assurance and oversight, enabling consistent application of the CMEP
  • Improved analytics, including visibility into compliance and reliability risks
  • Increased capability to implement audit best practices and processes (planning, fieldwork, reporting, quality assurance)
  • Standardization and implementation of common business processes and workflows, enabling increased productivity (estimated 15 percent gain for ERO Enterprise CMEP staff)
  • Reduced application costs across the ERO Enterprise (reduce current costs by roughly 29 percent, $320k annual savings)
  • Projected investment break-even within five years