ATLANTA – The ERO Enterprise is excited to announce the Release 1 launch of Align and the ERO Secure Evidence Locker (SEL) for WECC as of May 10, 2021. Align and the ERO SEL are tools designed to process and track all compliance monitoring and enforcement activities with the goal of improving security and standardizing processes across the ERO Enterprise.
WECC is joining MRO, NERC and Texas RE, which have been using Align and the ERO SEL since March 31, 2021. This launch marks an important milestone for the Align project, and Release 1 deployment will continue across the ERO Enterprise through May 24, 2021. Release 1 includes self-reporting/self-logging, enforcement processing and mitigation functionality in Align, as well as the use of the ERO SEL to collect registered entity-provided evidence as part of the ERO Enterprise's CMEP activities. Subsequent releases will introduce new functionalities to the platform throughout 2021.
“We are excited that Align has arrived in the Western Interconnection and are certain our registered entities in the West will soon see the benefits from a consistent CMEP reporting platform along with a secure method of managing and storing evidence and data," said Melanie M. Frye, president and CEO of WECC. “Throughout this and subsequent releases, we stand ready to perform our functions within Align and to assist entities in any way possible to help create a smooth transition."
Numerous resources have been developed to assist users, including registered and Regional Entity newsletters, webinars and a frequently asked questions document, which are available on the Align page. Additionally, the NERC Training Site contains all Align and ERO SEL training materials, including training videos and the Start, Stop, Continue Guide as well as Align and ERO SEL user guides.
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