NERC Generating Availability Data System (GADS) Conventional and Wind Training - 2018

by ronfluegge 30. April 2018 09:33

Reminder:  NERC Training Announcement 

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 2018, the GADSWG will offer training at the following locations:

Week of June 18th at Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) in Minneapolis, MN

Click here for Training at OATI in Minneapolis, MN 

Week of October 15th at SERC Reliability Corporation, Charlotte, NC 

Click here for Training at SERC in Charlotte, NC

Training classes conducted each week are:

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

Training Schedule:

  • Monday | Noon – 1:00 p.m. Registration | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00.p.m. Introductory Session
  • Tuesday | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Conventional GADS
  • Wednesday | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Conventional GADS Appendix F Equations and Analytics
  • Thursday | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Wind GADS
  • Friday | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Wind GADS

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 NERC via email: gads@nerc.net for conventional units or gadswind@nerc.net for wind plants.

GADS Reporting for Wind

by ronfluegge 27. March 2018 15:05

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is phasing in mandatory quarterly GADS-W reporting requirements over three years for wind plants with an installed capacity over 75 MW and a commissioning date of January 1, 2005 or later. Plants with a capacity of over 200 MW started reporting on January 1, 2018 with 100 MW and 75 MW sites required to begin reporting on January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020, respectively. 

The quarterly GADS-W reporting consists of submitting three reports: 

  1. Sub-Group: consists mainly of site characteristics, location, and equipment information 
  2. Performance: general site performance, including unavailability (forced, maintenance, or planned) for reasons outside of management control 
  3. Component Outage: identifies the general area of reason for the loss of production using a list of component (system) codes to ensure consistency in reporting 

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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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