Software Solutions for Compliance with Performance Reporting Standards

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) enforces a comprehensive set of Security and Reliability Standards to ensure the stability and efficiency of the Bulk Electric System (BES) across the United States, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. As part of the ongoing effort to regulate the operations of responsible entities toward a more secure electrical grid, NERC also mandates under the Rules of Procedure that all power generating facilities that meet certain criteria must report data to the Generating Availability Data System (GADS). As of January 1, 2013, all conventional generational facilities 20 MW or larger are required to submit detailed reports to the GADS database. Conventional units generating less than 20 MW may submit data reports to GADS on a voluntary basis. These Performance reporting consists of:shutterstock_122243320

  • Very detailed data capturing in real time

  • Summarization of the data

  • Formatting of data into a report to GADS

  • Documenting the overall operational performance for a particular month.

Information on submitting these reports can be found in the GADS Data Reporting Instructions. But even with these helpful guidelines, performance reports can be a challenging task for power generating facilities everywhere, especially as new variables are introduced with renewable energies and more thoroughly regulated markets.

If you are responsible for cooperation with NERC performance reporting requirements, read on to learn more about GADS data reporting criteria, and discover how a powerful software solution can assist you in complying with these procedures, so that you can contribute to the continuous improvements in the efficiency and stability of the Bulk Electric System.

Performance Reporting Made Simple

Each quarter, generating units are required to submit year-to-date reports to GADS. These reports consist of the following six sections:

  1. Event Identification

  2. Unit Generation Performance

  3. Unit Starting Characteristics

  4. Unit Time Information

  5. Primary Fuel

  6. Secondary Fuel

Submitting all of this data through performance reports is not a standard for which violation can result in fines; however, refusing to submit reports can result in intervention by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In reality, keeping track of the data that you need to complete your GADS performance reports, while time consuming, is a worthwhile use of your time, as it can help you to identify common issues related to NERC compliance. So, ultimately, GADS performance reporting is relevant to the responsibilities of your internal compliance program.

Versify Solutions offers a suite of software products that help you monitor all of your generational assets, tracking data in real time and bringing important information to your system operators in a user friendly interface. With V-PERFORMANCE, V-TRADE, and Portal Compliance, you can be confident that you are running an efficient, profitable, and compliant operation.

For more information on how Versify can assist you with NERC GADS performance reporting and compliance related issues, contact us today for a free consultation.