Mandatory GADS
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) mission is to ensure the reliability of the North American bulk power system. With that responsibility, NERC and its stakeholders require accurate data provided in a timely fashion to assess projected bulk power system reliability as well as analyze its ongoing performance and reliability risk for individual, regional, and interconnection-wide planning. The GADS database is vital to support NERC in its assessment of bulk power system reliability.
The NERC Board of Trustees approved mandatory GADS reporting for conventional generating units. Renewable generation (wind and solar) are not part of the mandatory requirements. The MW size of the conventional units will be phased-in with units 50 MW nameplate and larger being reported starting January 1, 2012 and units 20 MW and larger nameplate starting January 1, 2013. GADS data will be collected from all generator owners on the NERC Compliance Registry under NERC’s Rules of Procedure Section 1600, Requests for Data or Information. Generating units less than 20 MW nameplate are invited to report to GADS on a voluntary basis. 
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