Reliability Program

Benefit from one of the most comprehensive historical databases of reliability and outage statistics available to the Canadian electricity industry with over 30 years of records available.

Electricity Canada’s Reliability Programs, analytics-based programming, collect, store, and analyze the reliability and performance of Canada’s power generation, transmission, and distribution systems and equipment.

The reliability programs at Electricity Canada were first conceptualized in 1976 and some of them began collective data in 1977.

The Reliability Programs allow you to access relevant data through an online interface or a published annual report and compare your performance against national indicators and those of your peers from 4 different programs managed by 3 member-based committees.

Program participants act as program and data stewards and maintain a high level of confidentiality, help develop the future workplans and initiatives such as responding to peer surveys managed through Electricity Canada.

Each committee is dedicated to minimizing downtime by networking and sharing knowledge and operational practices creating the opportunity for improvement and efficiency gains. The reliability committees have at times researched and drafted complementary reports or studies such as a vegetation management benchmarking study, and the Major Event Determination Guide.

Service Continuity Committee (SCC)

The SCC provides a mechanism to collect, analyze and report on distribution outage data, processes and functions for members. It is the only source of national assessment of reliability within the Canadian electricity industry for distribution system performance, with a focus on improving reliability, addressing operational challenges and reducing commercial risk through shared knowledge, research and innovation. The Service Continuity Committee can accept data from and network with utilities across the globe. The Service Continuity has an established the definition to circuit kilometer used in the calculation of the network size.

Output: SAIDI, SAIFI, CAIDI, CEMI.

Purchase the SCC Distribution System Performance Report

Transmission Consultative Committee on Outage Statistics (T-CCOS)

T-CCOS is responsible for overseeing 2 transmission reliability programs.

Bulk Electricity System (BES)

The only transmission reliability program that examines system delivery points. The BES program provides a mechanism to collect, analyze and report on transmission outage data, processes and functions. Participants gain insights as well as access to a community of practitioners dedicated to improving transmission system performance, through industry accepted measures such as SAIDI, SAIFI and more. LEARN MORE

Output: T-SAIDI, T-SAIFI, SARI, and more.

Purchase the Bulk Electricity System Performance Report

Transmission Equipment Reliability System (T-ERIS)

T-ERIS, established in 1977, is the only available source of national assessment of reliability within the Canadian electricity industry for transmission equipment, with a focus on improving reliability, addressing operational challenges and reducing commercial risk through shared knowledge, research and innovation. The program collects and analyzes equipment failures and their causes on transmission major components.

Output: Frequency, Unavailability, Mean Duration and more.

Purchase the Transmission Equipment Forced Outage Report

Generation Equipment Reliability System (G-ERIS)

G-ERIS can accept data from and report on thermal, hydro, wind, nuclear and combustion related fuel sources. This program was original established in 1977. CEA acts as a data reporting entity for utilities who wish to have their data converted and submitted to NERC, through NERC’s electronic Generation Availability Data System (eGADS) portal. It is the only source of national generation reliability data within the Canadian electricity industry.

Output: Availability Factor, Maintenance Outage Factor, and more

Purchase the Generation Equipment Status Report

Benefits

The following is a short list of the benefits experienced by members.

  • Gain insight into your asset management life-cycle;
  • Improve performance through shared knowledge and lessons learned;
  • Compare yourself against national or customer made aggregates;
  • Network with reliability specialists, performance managers and operational experts to gain valuable insights;
  • Online access to data reporting tools;
  • Gain Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours from participating in annual workshops.

Join Electricity Canada’s Reliability Programs

Electricity Canada’s Reliability Programs are open to both Electricity Canada Members and Non-Members. For more information on how you can get involved in the Analytics and Reliability Program, please contact us.