GADS Open Source Version Update

by ronfluegge 1. August 2012 14:15

We have just posted to the websites GADS Open Source Version  This is a mid-year update release.

Because this release includes minor updates, we recommend that you install this update if you are affected by any of the identified issues below.  There are no database changes required by this update.

Code Changes

Data Entry Admin Console

1. A new Global Settings tab has been added that allows the Event Verbal Description to be a “user-required” field.  If you choose this option and your GADS reporters do not enter a verbal description in DE, it will be flagged as an “error” by the software.  This does not affect your options when writing the 05/07 files to NERC or the ISOs.

Data Entry

1. If the Event Verbal Description is flagged to be a “required” field and your GADS reporters do not enter a verbal description, it will be flagged as an error by the software.  This does not affect your options when writing the 05/07 files to NERC or the ISOs.
2. Fixed validation bug for MB, IR, RU, CO and PU event type cause codes on the event edit form.


1. NYISO MARS updates resulting from NYISO and Project testing.
2. Fixed a minor issue with deratings with 0.00 equivalent hours being inserted into the EventDetails table and showing up in reports.  

If you do install any of the above updates, we recommend a full update of ALL GADS/OS apps.

The full installation and source code can be found at 

and at

Except for bug fixes, the next major release is currently scheduled for November 2012.

ISO New England GADS Data Uploads Starting July 1, 2012

by ronfluegge 2. July 2012 22:35

If you submit GADS data to the ISO New England, as you are aware, they have announced that effective July 1st, PowerGADS – Production has gone live, and you should begin uploading your data by logging into the ISO-NE PowerGADS portal.

There are several things that you need to be aware of.

First, you will need to create the GADS data (using “Write Data”) in 05 and 07 record format.  Performance Data (05) and Event Data (07) must be uploaded into PowerGADS at the same time, in the same file:  a single, combined file (unlike NERC OATI’s requirement).  See our webpage  for more details.  While data submittal to PowerGADS may be made as year-to-date or monthly, we recommend year-to-date.

Second, it is our current understanding that ISO-NE will be requiring the same data fields as NERC’s mandatory (required) data.  You will not be required, as we understand it, to submit the NERC “voluntary” data; however, you may do so if you desire.

As such, it is our understanding that the following data must be submitted to ISO-NE:

Performance Data:
- Net Maximum Capacity
- Net Dependable Capacity
- Net Actual Generation
- Attempted Unit Starts
- Actual Unit Starts
- Unit Service Hours
- Reserve Shutdown Hours
- Pumping Hours
- Synchronous Condensing Hours
- The remaining 02 record hours, are included in the file by the software but are recalculated by PowerGADS from the event data
- Primary Fuel Code

Event Data:
- Event Number
- Event Type
- Start of Event
- End of Event
- Net Available Capacity (deratings)
- Primary Cause Code
- Contribution Code
- Amplification Code
- Only the 01 and 02 event records are required and on the 02 record, the event verbal description is not a required field

Since the ISO-NE required data is now identical to NERC’s, when creating the single combined file to upload to the PowerGADS portal, you will select the “NERC Format” menu option under “Write Data” instead of the ISO-NE option.  See our webpage  for more details.

Unless you have changed the default location, this single combined file can be found in the same folder where the application is installed (typically C:\GADSOS).

The single, combined file will be named:  Combined_NERC_Data_*.txt  (for example, Combined_NERC_Data_January_June_2012.txt).

While we are not aware of any additional issues related to the GADS Open Source software, this initial uploading of GADS data may result in new/changed requirements from ISO-NE to ASCII file formats, to data validations, to required data fields, etc. We may be required to make additional GADS Open Source code revisions between July 1st and July 31st to address any changes.  You will be notified of any and all changes.

We have posted an update (version for Data Entry and for the Dashboard to our software download sites: and that creates the single, combined file as required.  If you do not wish to download this update, you can simply first create the two GADS 05 and 07 formatted files (e.g., Perf_NERC_Data_January_June_2012.txt and Event_NERC_Data_January_June_2012.txt) and then simply combine them using WordPad or Notepad (i.e., any “text” editor).  If you combine them manually, we suggest putting the 07 records after/below the 05 records.

NYISO Transition Rate Validation White Paper

by ronfluegge 1. June 2012 16:35


Dr. Singh has concluded that the GADS OS has implemented Method 2 as intended and the software appears to be producing the expected transition rates.

Based on Dr. Singh’s findings in conjunction with the EFORd comparisons, the NYISO has concluded that MARS state transition rate matrices whose probabilities are consistent with concept of the unit being demanded as specified in Method 2 has been successfully implemented.

The objective of the EFORd calculation is to:

1. Find the time spent in various states during demand

2. Converting these times into conditional probabilities

3. Adjusting the times in derated states to equivalent times in the full forced outage state

This results in the LOLE calculation for MARS being based on EFORd and transition rate matrices that satisfy the conditional state probabilities of the units being demanded. The NYISO recommends that this approach be implemented for the upcoming IRM study

Transition Rate Validation White Paper.pdf (302.91 kb)

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