In 2013 and 2014, MRO worked with NERC and the Regional Entities to develop and test a number of improvements to the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) implementation under the Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI). The result of these efforts moves the ERO away from a zero-tolerance regulatory approach to one that is forward-looking and focuses on areas that pose higher risk to reliability. The design of the risk-based Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) is complete and the ERO is now focusing on program implementation.​

Through effective design and implementation, the revised CMEP approach:

  • Recognizes a Registered Entity’s risk to the reliability of the Bulk Power System, including its management practices to contain risk, in the scope and conduct of regulatory oversight work.

  • Reserves enforcement processes for matters that pose significant risk to the Bulk Power System, including persistent patterns of non-compliance.

  • Provides a more effective feedback loop to the standards development process to ensure a technically sufficient set of standards.