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Links Technology Wins STC Awards for PowerShark EQR Training Videos and User Guide

Links Technology has been recognized in the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication annual publications competition for outstanding work on the PowerShark EQR User Guide and Training Videos. Products that receive the STC awards show exceptional performance according to a list of standards that STC has established over decades as benchmarks in the technical communication field. STC is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication.

“We have been excited to provide our customers with these materials to help simplify the EQR filing process and these awards serve to confirm that we have met our goal,” says Gary Kravis, Links’ Director of Software Solutions, who collaborated with instructional designer Mary Whalen to create the user guide and training videos.

The PowerShark EQR User Guide received an award of “Excellence,” which STC describes as “Entry consistently meets high standards in all or most areas,” and the PowerShark EQR Training Videos received an award of “Distinguished,” which STC describes as “Entry meets or exceeds high standards in all areas.”

Other Links Technology clients will be able to enjoy the same level of training experience, as Links will soon release training videos for its TariffShark product line. “There are videos for all levels of users to expand their use of TariffShark and perform more efficiently,” says Gary Kravis.

New FERC Updates for PowerShark EQR

During the evening of April 17, 2014, FERC updated its online EQR system to version 2.8.  FERC has made the release notes available here.  The change that would most directly impact PowerShark EQR is the addition of the following Balancing Authorities:


  • BANC   Balancing Authority of Northern California
  • EAI       Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
  • NSSO   Nova Scotia Power System Operator
  • SPRM   City Utilities of Springfield
  • WWA    CECD, LLC


It turns out that FERC had erroneously removed these balancing authorities from the EQR XML schema in March 2014 and this release restores them to the schema.  Back in March, Links Technology recognized that their removal had been accidental and included them in PowerShark EQR.  Therefore, no changes are necessary in PowerShark EQR.  As of this writing, PowerShark EQR release 1.2 is fully compliant.

New PowerShark EQR Release Available

Links Technology Solutions, Inc. is excited to announce the immediate availability of PowerShark EQR Release 1.1.  Since its initial release last month, PowerShark EQR has quickly been adopted by many utilities who were looking for a simple yet powerful and affordable solution.

CURRENT POWERSHARK EQR CUSTOMERS: Please visit the download area to access the latest 1.1 release.

POTENTIAL POWERSHARK EQR CUSTOMERS:  Please contact Bob VanValkenburg at to inquire about a demo and/or a free trial of PowerShark EQR.

Purchase or upgrade today to gain all of these benefits from the latest release:

Overall application and database changes

  • Latest FERC XML changes support
  • Latest FERC lookup values
  • Database performance improvements
  • Various application bug fixes, stability and performance improvements
  • Validation rules fixes and additions
  • Improved default mapper files with support for multiple date formats
  • Improved multi-user experience

New features

  • Generate XML for FERC submission
  • Import and Export of data
  • Lock/Unlock EQR
  • Control over maximum Document size and allowed file extensions
  • Simplified Copy Data function
  • Multiple date formats value resolver
  • Enabled editing of Batch Notes in Transaction Batches History module
  • New Bulk Update Tools added
  • Extension Provision Description in the Contracts module
  • a multiplier may be applied to numeric Transaction fields

Technical requirements changes

  • Added support for Windows 8.1
  • Added support for SQL Server 2008

e-Tag Reporting in the EQR

On February 8, 2013, FERC granted an extension of time for including e-Tag data in the EQRs until after FERC Staff prepare a status report, which is due within one year (unless the Commission takes prior action in the proceeding). According to FERC, “ this extension will allow the Commission more time to fully assess the benefits and burdens associated with market participants linking e-Tag ID information and transactions in the EQR considering other recent data collection efforts.”

On September 21, 2012, FERC issued Order No. 768, which, among other things, revised the EQR data fields by adding a requirement to report e-Tag information. Requests for rehearing and/or clarification of Order No. 768 were filed by industry participants, along with requests for an immediate stay of the e-Tag ID reporting requirement.

It should be noted that this order does not affect the compliance date for any other aspects of Order No. 768.