Are there any penalties for not complying with the GADS mandatory requirements of data submission?

by ronfluegge 14. June 2013 10:48

Mandatory GADS is under Section 1600 of the NERC Rules of Procedure. It is not under a standard or compliance regulation document.

This means that NERC cannot under any circumstances charge a fine for late GADS data. 

NERC can only write letters to the company, requesting they report data ASAP.

If the company refuses to send NERC data (not just asking for more time to report but refuses to go by the Rules of Procedure), then NERC is obligated to turn that information over to FERC for judgment.

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Navigant Consulting: The Open Source Community

by ronfluegge 7. June 2013 08:40

Navigant Consulting's Insights by Katie Askey entitled "The Open Source Community" (March 27, 2013)

"Generally speaking, I tend to subscribe to the theory that the more something costs, the better the quality and value.  Although while I certainly utilize “big box” solutions from Microsoft and Oracle in my daily job, I have started seeing real value in the open source community that is available to all at little or no cost.  And I’m not the only one – even Microsoft has introduced a Cloud offering in Windows Azure which is much more accessible to small business and individuals than their big product offerings.

"There are many reasons that open source offerings are good for programming and business.  While everyone is likely compelled by their own motives, I find that quality, accessibility, and ease of customization top my list:

  1. The open source community supports quality.  It may seem a little counterintuitive that software packages created by a group of “random” users on the Internet can improve the quality of a solution, but hear me out.  Open source solutions are created by multiple users who are trying to solve real problems that they have encountered in their own work.  Not to mention, the transparency that the open community requires incentivizes developers to exercise best practices.
  2. You can customize the solution to fit your needs.  In the open source community, users can borrow software and programming already created then tweak it to fit their own needs.
  3. The low cost makes it extremely accessible.  This is the obvious one.  Quality and transparency at a lower cost – who can argue with that?

"In the world of software, I have officially been convinced that expense may not always directly correlate to the quality of the solution.   Although, handbags are a completely different story."

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Generation Consulting Services announces its Summer 2013 GADS Data Reporting Workshop

by ronfluegge 10. May 2013 11:25

Generation Consulting Services, LLC is pleased to announce its Summer 2013 GADS Data Reporting Workshop which will be held August 13-15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The workshop will cover a number of important topics, including:

  • How to report GADS data correctly to NERC
  • NERC’s webE-GADS reporting system
  • Using reliability data to improve power plant performance
  • Unit/component benchmarking
  • Round-table discussions

I have attached the Workshop Brochure which provides details about the agenda and who should attend.   To register, complete the attached Workshop Registration Form and e-mail it to me at  You will be sent an electronic invoice which you can pay by Visa or MasterCard, or you can also pay by check.  Seating is limited, so register now!

GCS Nashville Workshop Registration Brochure.pdf (303.68 kb)

GCS Nashville Workshop Registration Form.pdf (109.85 kb)

Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone else who may be interested.  See you soon in Nashville!



G. Michael (Mike) Curley


Generation Consulting Services, LLC

1122 North 160 East

American Fork, UT 84003

Office/mobile: (801) 855-6575




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