Programs

The North American Transmission Forum (NATF) is organized around six integrated programs.

Peer Reviews

NATF peer reviews help our members “raise the bar” for their own operations from good to great. Review teams comprise subject matter experts and staff that review selected practice areas and cross-functional topics. The teams’ final reports include noteworthy positives that we share with other members, and improvement recommendations for the host to implement.

Assistance

Assistance visits are tailored to a particular member’s request or needs. NATF subject-matter experts and staff visit host companies to help them develop action plans to improve on selected topics or issues.

Training

The goal of this new program is to offer membership-wide training on topics that may be a better fit for the NATF to provide rather than individual members.

Practices

The NATF’s groups of subject-matter experts hold monthly web meetings and annual workshops, and write NATF practices.
  • Compliance
  • Equipment Performance and Maintenance
  • Human Performance
  • Modeling
  • Security
  • System Operations
  • System Protection
  • Training
  • Transmission-Nuclear Interface
  • Vegetation Management

Reliability Initiatives

The Reliability Initiatives Program leverages the NATF’s subject-matter experts, often in a project-like format, to pursue activities to close gaps, address risks, or otherwise improve the reliability of the electric transmission system. Current initiatives include resiliency (GMD, EMP, security), misoperations, 345 kV breakers, minimum vegetation clearance distance (MVCD), and human performance near-miss reporting.

Knowledge Management

The NATF supports the exchange and management of operating experience and reliability data. Secure and effective program tools include databases, scorecards, indices, performance reports, surveys, lessons learned summaries, and an operating experience library.

These offerings, along with regular working group meetings, facilitate internal peer benchmarking, dissemination of objective performance information, and awareness of key reliability trends and risks. The result is a continuous improvement environment, where members are self-critical and open to constructive peer challenge.