NERC Announcement: GADS Conventional and Wind Training - June 2019 - Salt Lake City, UT

by ronfluegge 3. May 2019 09:00

 Training Announcement 

Generating Availability Data System

Conventional and Wind Training

June 11-14, 2019

Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC)

155 North 400 West

Suite 200

Salt Lake City, UT 84103


***ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING***

     ***DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION - MAY 30, 2019***


Click here for: WECC Office Fact Sheet and Hotel Information

GADS Conventional Training 

June 11, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain

June 12, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain

Click here for: GADS Conventional Training - June 2019 Registration

Continental breakfast and lunch will be included on both days.  There is $50.00 fee for this training.

 

GADS Wind Training 

June 13, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain

June 14, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon Mountain

Click here for: GADS Wind Training - June 2019 Registration

Continental breakfast and lunch will be included on the first day. 

Continental breakfast will be included on the second day.  There is $50.00 fee for this training.

 

Conventional GADS training will include items such as how GADS data is used, events and performance, the case for event reviews, review of cause codes, examples of poorly reported events to NERC, understanding Data Reporting Instructions (DRI), 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.

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

Renewables Provided 17.6% of Electricity Generation in the U.S. in 2018

by ronfluegge 28. March 2019 12:47

Overall, renewable generation in the U.S. provided a new record of 742 million MWh of electricity in 2018, nearly double the 382 million MWh produced in 2008. This is according to data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In fact, renewables provided 17.6% of electricity generation in the U.S. in 2018.

However, conventional hydroelectric capacity has remained relatively unchanged, increasing by only 2% since 2008. Changes in hydroelectric generation year-over-year typically reflect changes in precipitation and drought conditions. Between 2008 and 2018, annual U.S. hydroelectric generation was as low as 249 million MWh and as high as 319 million MWh, with hydroelectric generation in 2018 totaling 292 million MWh.

Nearly 90% of the increase in U.S. renewable electricity between 2008 and 2018 came from wind and solar generation. Wind generation rose from 55 million MWh in 2008 to 275 million MWh in 2018 (6.5% of total electricity generation), exceeded only by conventional hydroelectric at 292 million MWh (6.9% of total generation).

U.S. solar generation has increased from 2 million MWh in 2008 to 96 million MWh in 2018. Solar generation accounted for 2.3% of electricity generation in 2018. In 2018, 69% of solar generation, or 67 million MWh, was utility-scale solar.

Increases in U.S. wind and solar generation are driven largely by capacity additions. In 2008, the U.S. had 25 GW of wind generating capacity. By the end of 2018, 94 GW of wind generating capacity was operating on the electric grid. Almost all of this capacity is onshore; one offshore wind plant, located on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, has a capacity of 30 MW. Similarly, installed solar capacity grew from an estimated less than 1 GW in 2008 to 51 GW in 2018. In 2018, 1.8 GW of this solar capacity was solar thermal, 30 GW was utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV), and the remaining 20 GW was small-scale solar PV.

GADS OS on the Desktop

by ronfluegge 13. March 2019 17:20

GADS OS is a desktop application.  Ever wonder why?  Are we the only ones who have desktop applications?

Millions of developers develop and maintain Windows Forms (desktop) applications. According to Microsoft, over two million developers actively work on Windows Forms applications every month, and we're some of them.

The fact is, some applications still can’t be done well in a browser. In fact, we have a whole team at the GADS Open Source Project that specializes in high-performance desktop work and does quite well because they can do some amazing things that can’t be achieved with other technologies. We’ve been taking advantage of the Windows built-in .NET Framework to write libraries for our GADS OS desktop apps for a while now, and the apps themselves have required the full framework, installers, and everything that goes with fat client, native desktop applications.

The problem is that Web apps are browser-based, not browser agnostic.  A browser-agnostic Web application should work on Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera or any other browser equally well, but that's not always the case or possible.  All the features and capabilities that make today's browsers so powerful and complex also cause some problems for users.

Issues such as plug-ins, security settings and version requirements mean that managing browsers can be a lot of work. With large enterprise line-of-business applications like GADS data reporting and analysis, the problem of browser compatibility compounds.


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