A Short History of NERC GADS

by ronfluegge 7. October 2017 17:50

1979 ⎯  NERC assumes responsibility for collecting and analyzing generator availability data from the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Prime Movers Committee. NERC, with support from the Electric Power Institute, restructures EEI’s Equipment Availability Data Reporting System to create the Generating Availability Data System (GADS). 

1990 ⎯  Congress passes the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. NERC uses the GADS database to provide the Energy Information Administration with a summary of forced and planned outages in the 1985−87 period. EPA uses the GADS data to set generator unit emission allocation values.

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Cybersecurity Insurance

by ronfluegge 27. April 2017 15:25

Cybersecurity insurance is a contract that an individual or entity can purchase to help reduce the financial risks associated with doing business online. In exchange for a monthly or quarterly fee, the insurance policy transfers some of the risk to the insurer.

Many companies purchase cybersecurity insurance policies to cover extra expenditures that could result from the physical destruction or theft of digital assets. Such expenditures typically include the cost of notifying customers that a security event has incurred, as well as the cost of regulatory fines.

To qualify for coverage, the individual or entity typically has to submit to a security audit by the insurance company or provide documentation with the assistance of an approved assessment tool, such as that offered by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.

Many cybersecurity insurance policies only cover first-party losses to a company. Some policies, however, may also cover third-party liability losses.

Depending upon the price of the policy, coverage may include first and/or third-party liability for cyberextortion, costs associated with strengthening data security, damages due to corrupt or missing data, damages due to inoperable hardware or software and monetary loss from theft or lost business.

Because coverage is not often for the total amount of damages, many companies choose to buy additional insurance to cover amounts beyond which a cybersecurity policy covers. 

NERC Generating Availability Data System (GADS) Conventional and Wind Training

by ronfluegge 23. February 2017 09:31

The Generating Availability Data System Working Group (GADSWG) implements a uniform approach to reporting and measuring North American generating plant availability, performance and other related reliability data.

Conventional GADS training will include items such as how GADS data is used, events and performance, combined cycle component versus block reporting, the case for event reviews, review of cause codes, examples of poorly reported events to NERC, understanding Data Reporting Instructions (DRI) Appendix F: Equations and the data submittal process at Open Access Technology International (OATI).

Wind GADS training will include the reporting implementation timeline, entity registration, processes and reports. Additionally, the data submittal process through the NERC GADS Wind reporting application will be covered.

In 2017, the GADSWG will offer training at the following locations:

 

  • Week of May 1st at Texas Reliability Entity (TRE), Austin

Click Here: TRE Registration

        TRE Fact Sheet

  • Week of August 7th at Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), Salt Lake City

Click Here: WECC Registration

          WECC Fact Sheet

  • October 2nd at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Atlanta

Click Here: NERC Registration

          NERC Fact Sheet

 

Training classes conducted each week are:

  • An introductory session for new conventional GADS reporters on Monday
  • Conventional GADS material will be covered on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • GADS Wind material will be covered on Thursday and Friday

 

Training Schedule:

  • Monday, 2017 | Noon – 2:00 p.m. | Registration | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00.p.m. | Introductory Session
  • Tuesday, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Conventional GADS
  • Wednesday, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Conventional GADS Appendix F Equations
  • Thursday, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Wind GADS
  • Friday, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Wind GADS 

* It is recommended that attendees tour a power plant before attending this training.

Look for additional information on how to register for these in-person events in late February. Although registration is required, there is no fee for this training.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be included.

For more information or assistance, please contact via email: gads@nerc.net for conventional units or gadswind@nerc.net for wind plants.

 


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