Align is an ERO
Enterprise common platform developed to support compliance monitoring and
enforcement (CMEP) activities and business processes. The tool provides a
standardized and consistent interface for Registered Entities conducting CMEP
activities. The Align rollout consists of three releases with full
implementation by the end of 2021.
Entities seeking to access Align must register for an ERO Portal account and complete the steps for Multi-Factor Authentication that automatically appear when
attempting to log into the ERO Portal for the first time.
Align has been broken
down into four Releases with staged rollouts for releases of each phase. Each release will introduce new functionality
to the platform. As new releases are
rolled out, outreach and training opportunities will be available for entities
from both NERC and ReliabilityFirst.
Functionality (went live on May 24, 2021)
Functionality (went live on October 1, 2021)
Functionality (Pilot began in March 2022)
Functionality (went live on June 22,2022)
Release 4.5 Functionality (TBD - 2022)
Expand use of SELs to include
evidence submitted for these activities
The ERO Secure
Evidence Locker (SEL) is a highly secure, isolated, encrypted environment that
is subject to file destruction policies and serves as a temporary repository to
upload evidence. Organizations may use the ERO provided SEL environment or
develop their own. If your organization is planning to build an SEL, please
inform your Change Agent.
Registered Entity SEL
In addition to the RF Align page, the NERC Align
Project page and FAQ document also contain helpful information. Self-service
training resources provided for Registered Entity staff, including training
videos and user guides (including new Data Handling in Align and the SEL),
are available on the NERC Training Site.