The Align Project

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March 24, 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. 

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

  
  
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