The Align Project

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September 20, 2021

ERO Enterprise Webinar Announced

Date: September 28, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CENTRAL

Click here for: Webinar Registration

The ERO Enterprise will hold an informal webinar as an outreach opportunity to ensure industry remains informed and to support industry readiness on Align and the Secure Evidence Locker (SEL).

The ERO Enterprise Align and SEL Presentation will cover the following:

  • Lessons Learned: Align Release 1, Release 2, and SEL
  • Change Readiness Assessment Pulse Check: Release 1 and Release 2
  • Access Provisioning
  • Coordinated Oversight/MRRE Entities
  • What's Next: Release 3 and Release 4
  • Data Handling in Align and the SEL
  • Legacy Systems: webCDMS and Compliance Portal
  • Training Resources
For more information or assistance, please contact Heather Miller (via email) or at 404-446-2576.​

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September 8, 2021

Data Handling in Align and the ERO Secure Evidence Locker

Document: Data Handling in Align and the SEL

The ERO Enterprise at times must review information owned or produced by registered entities that relates to Bulk-Power System (BPS) operations and planning. This information often includes evidence registered entities must provide to demonstrate compliance with NERC and Regional Reliability Standards and Requirements, as well as information to determine the risk on the BPS. The ERO Enterprise has implemented the Secure Evidence Locker (SEL), provided and maintained by the ERO Enterprise, for use by registered entities to submit evidence (also known as artifacts) for assessment. 

NERC posted a guidance document that provides clarity regarding the storage and maintenance of registered entity and ERO Enterprise-created or -provided information related to Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) activities in Align and the SEL. This guidance is to provide general principles to support ERO Enterprise program alignment, but individual facts and circumstances, as well as experience with the Align and SEL systems, may shape ERO Enterprise actions.  

For more information or assistance, please contact Lonnie Ratliff (via email) or at 404-446-9709.​


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July 19, 2021

Release 2 of Align is Now Live!

​ERO Enterprise leadership is excited to announce the Release 2 launch of Align starting July 19, 2021. Align is designed to process and track all compliance monitoring and enforcement activities with the goal of improving security and standardizing processes across the ERO Enterprise.

Release 2 includes Technical Feasibility Exceptions (TFE), Periodic Data Submittals (PDS), Attestations, and Self-Certifications functionality in Align,  as well as the use of the ERO Secure Evidence Locker (SEL) to collect registered entity-provided evidence to support these activities. Release 2 builds upon Release 1, which included self-reporting/self-logging, enforcement processing, and mitigation functionality in Align. Subsequent releases will introduce new functionalities to the platform throughout 2021 and 2022.

​Please note that while Release 2 functionality is now available in Align, go-live dates will vary by Region and functionality, as listed in the table below. Reach out to your regional representative with any questions related to your Lead Region's rollout schedule.

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​ For questions about training or functionality, please reach out to your regional contacts.

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


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 Important Links

  
  
1-Align Program Business Case - Updated September 2021.pdf1-Align Program Business Case - Updated September 2021
1-Align Registered Entity SEL Functional Requirements February 2021.pdf1-Align Registered Entity SEL Functional Requirements February 2021
Align and SEL Data Handling - August 2021.pdfAlign and SEL Data Handling - August 2021
Align Governance Model 2020.pdfAlign Governance Model 2020
Align Project Change Agents.pdfAlign Project Change Agents
Align Technology Project Summary Sheet.pdfAlign Technology Project Summary Sheet
ERO Enterprise BES Artifact Submittal Exception Process_04262021_v2_CLEAN.pdfERO Enterprise BES Artifact Submittal Exception Process_04262021_v2_CLEAN

 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)