EPRI and NERC Collaborate to Enhance Electric Grid Resilience and Reliability as U.S. Transitions to Cleaner Energy

by ronfluegge 23. July 2021 16:20

PALO ALTO, CA (July 22, 2021) – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) today announced a new agreement to collaboratively enable improved resilience and reliability of the North American electric grid. As the U.S. takes critical steps to reduce carbon emissions across the economy, the two organizations will leverage their collective knowledge to more efficiently and effectively respond to power sector challenges.

The agreement calls for the two organizations to meet regularly and coordinate on several fronts, including supporting effective deployment of industry resources to address emerging issues, jointly sponsoring workshops or meetings, and identifying and collaborating on key projects and activities.

“EPRI’s and NERC’s respective experts are at the forefront of R&D to enhance electric grid resilience." said Rob Chapman, EPRI’s senior vice president of energy delivery and customer solutions. "By strengthening collaboration, we can better accelerate energy system innovation and solve reliability challenges before they happen.”

“We are pleased to refresh our memorandum of understanding to continue our successful collaborations with EPRI,” said Mark Lauby, NERC’s senior vice president and chief engineer. “The transformation of the grid presents a number of challenges today and into the future. The results of our joint planning and subsequent research projects provide the science, tools, and processes needed to effectively mitigate existing and emerging risks to the reliable operation of the North American bulk power system.”

EPRI and NERC Collaborate to Enhance Electric Grid Resilience and Reliability as U.S. Transitions to Cleaner Energy 

Samantha Gilman
Communication Manager



Request for Comments

by ronfluegge 15. June 2021 19:25

Modifications to Section 1600 Data Request for Generating Availability Data System (GADS)

In accordance with NERC’s Rule of Procedure, Section 1600 Data Requests must include a 45-day public comment period. NERC is seeking to update the GADS Section 1600 data request to add value by expanding GADS reporting to include:

  • Solar (new): 
    • Inventory/configuration, event reporting, and performance data 
    • Inventory/configuration of connected energy storage and performance data
  • GADS Wind extensions: 
    • Event reporting and connected energy storage
    • Changes to configuration data to support event reporting, and 
    • Expansion of mandatory data reporting fields
  • Conventional GADS extensions:
    • Unit design data that is comparable to the types of information being collected for wind and solar 
    • Contributing Operating Conditions Code

The Reliability and Security Technical Committee reviewed the proposed modifications to the GADS Section 1600 Data Request and approved a 45-day posting for industry comment. Comments should be provided via email by 8:00 p.m. Eastern on July 31, 2021, using the comment form at the link below.

Click here for:Comment Form 
Comment Period: June 15, 2021 – July 31, 2021



Microsoft will end Windows 10 support in October 2025

by ronfluegge 14. June 2021 10:24

Microsoft has revealed when it will put Windows 10 out to pasture. It will stop support for the current operating system on October 14th, 2025. That means Microsoft expects the transition to the next version of Windows, which it will show off on June 24th, to take around four years.

The company quietly announced the news in a support page update. Previously, the page noted when Microsoft would end support for certain versions of Windows 10. It now states Microsoft started supporting Windows 10 Home and Pro on July 29th, 2015 and reveals the operating system's "retirement date." The end-of-support timeline puts the Windows 10 lifecycle at a hair over 10 years, similar to previous iterations of the OS.

As for what we're expecting from Windows 11 (or whatever it's called), there will probably be a redesign, including a revamped Windows Store. Microsoft recently canceled Windows 10X, which was initially going to be for dual-screen devices. It said it would bring some features planned for that OS into the standard version of Windows. Perhaps that'll make it easier for manufacturers and developers to support dual-screen devices without having to work with a separate version of Windows.

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