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Navigant Research is a team of market research professionals providing in-depth analysis and insights focused on global clean technology markets. The team’s approach combines in-depth supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research, sophisticated demand assessment, policy evaluation, and a deep examination of the business implications of emerging technologies across the evolving energy landscape. The team’s work is closely integrated with, and benefits from, the industry expertise of consulting subject matter experts. The team’s services include syndicated market research across a broad range of energy topics, custom research for individual clients, and high-level consulting projects.  This proprietary intelligence is used by the world’s largest organizations in the manufacturing, utility, energy, government, and investment communities to make educated and informed decisions.

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Navigant’s benchmarking services provide generation owners and operators with direct peer-to-peer comparisons of key cost and performance metrics on a confidential basis (access is limited to other subscribers, and individual identifying information is never disclosed). Comparisons can be filtered in a wide variety of ways to provide directly relevant insight into how a client’s specific unit compares with other similarly situated units, helping subscribers to identify areas of performance deficiencies, understand potential operational improvement areas, and more. Coupling the insights from the GKS Fossil, Hydro, and Wind benchmarking effort, Navigant has employed their Performance Excellence approach to identify significant areas of improvement to help clients succeed in today’s challenging markets.


GKS Wind Benchmarking

Navigant’s GKS Wind benchmarking provides wind generators similar benefits as Navigant's GKS Fossil and GKS Hydro benchmarking services including:

  • A unique, integrated database of engineering design, operating history, unit characteristics, cost and performance data
  • An easy-to-use product featuring a "point-and-click" user interface for accessing and analyzing the benchmarking database
  • The basis for models and their analytic predictive capabilities
  • A high level of data confidentiality
  • Minimal data gathering effort with electronic transfers ensuring timely, accurate data
  • Support for performance improvement plans
  • Flexible, customized analysis of generating unit performance versus peer units as well as the ability to roll-up unit information to a higher level such as wind group or wind farm



GKS Fossil®

Navigant's GKS Fossil® is the industry's premier benchmarking service for fossil-fired generation plants. Using GKS Fossil®, Navigant helps power generators manage their business by measuring and evaluating the operational performance and cost of their generating units against those of their peers. GKS Fossil® is not only a flexible tool for traditional benchmarking tasks, but is also a dynamic tool used for asset and portfolio management of generating assets. 

GKS Fossil® subscribers determine how their costs and performance measure against peers, identify performance gaps from where they are versus where they want to be, and gain insight into key areas for potential operational improvement.

Coupling the insights from GKS with Navigant’s Performance Excellence program companies have discovered new directions to meet the ever changing and challenging operating environment.   Learn more about Navigant’s Performance Excellence program.

Learn more about the GKS Approach, the GKS Advantage, and the GKS Benchmarking Process


GKS Hydro®

GKS Hydro® benchmarking is a web-enabled subscription benchmarking service that provides a diagnostic assessment of each participating company's performance relative to industry peers. Using these cost and operational performance benchmarks as an objective baseline, companies can identify and close performance gaps with industry leaders.GKS Hydro® has a combination of quantitative benchmarks and management consulting expertise that provides a diagnostic assessment of each participant's hydro generation organization. The program results can be used by senior management, station managers, project management professionals and engineering services groups to learn about the range of performance levels experienced across the industry and to better understand the managerial approaches and practices used to obtain superior results.

The most successful companies are those who continually seek to improve their operations. GKS Hydro® facilitates change by building industry awareness, establishing a solid basis for comparison, and positioning companies to implement meaningful performance improvements.

Learn more about GKS Gold Benchmarking.


MicroGADS Generation Performance Tracking

As mandatory reporting of North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Generating Availability Data System (GADS) data becomes a reality, Navigant’s MicroGADS Gold stands alone as the time-tested, reliable leader for GADS reporting.

Since 1987, power generators across the globe have used Navigant’s MicroGADS software solution for collecting and analyzing generation and reliability data.  MicroGADS is continually updated to meet the changing requirements from NERC and related ISO’s including the addition of Wind GADS reporting.  MicroGADS Gold provides:

  • Dependability
  • Ease-of-use
  • Outstanding client support
  • The industry standard
  • Industry experience

Over 160 companies use Navigant’s MicroGADS Gold software at more than 2,000 generation units worldwide. This figure is far more than half of all the NERC-reporting generators.

MicroGADS Gold is a comprehensive software solution designed specifically for GADS reporting. Learn more about MicroGADS Gold.

Current MicroGADS users can contact support at 888.295.4769 or


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