Measuring Resource Adequacy

Resource adequacy is of critical importance to all generators, regulators and consumers. The financial impact of shedding firm load in the electric energy market can be measured in the millions and billions of dollars. It is critical for your operation to have an accurate measure of resource adequacy for your financial health, to ensure NERC compliance and to continue to be a reliable electric generator for consumers and bulk distribution clients.

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Software Solutions for Compliance with Performance Reporting Standards

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) enforces a comprehensive set of Security and Reliability Standards to ensure the stability and efficiency of the Bulk Electric System (BES) across the United States, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. As part of the ongoing effort to regulate the operations of responsible entities toward a more secure electrical grid, NERC also mandates under the Rules of Procedure that all power generating facilities that meet certain criteria must report data to the Generating Availability Data System (GADS). As of January 1, 2013, all conventional generational facilities 20 MW or larger are required to submit detailed reports to the GADS database. Conventional units generating less than 20 MW may submit data reports to GADS on a voluntary basis. These Performance reporting consists of:shutterstock_122243320

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Resources for Understanding NERC Compliance Standards

NERC Compliance Standards are subject to quarterly reviews, frequent updates and constant revisions. Keeping your entity’s NERC standard compliance department up-to-date can be nearly impossible.  Versify Solutions is the expert at all the nuances and dynamics of NERC. We compiled a list of resources that will keep your entity NERC compliant in real-time.

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NERC Compliance SharePoint Capabilities

When you operate multiple energy operations across multiple states, you need SharePoint or something with the  NERC compliance SharePoint capabilities to ensure all your operations are compliant in real-time. SharePoint capabilities allow all users - from executive staff and plant management to operators and auditors collaborate - to collect data and analyze reports in real-time.

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Event Log Management Best Practices

Your event log management is the key part of maintaining compliance with the 90 NERC Reliability Practices. Versify Solutions has compiled event log management best practices to help guide your entity to accurate and efficient compliance logging. These event log management best practices will ensure your entity is compliant and operating at its optimum efficiency!

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NERC Compliance Solution

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a not-for-profit entity whose sole mission is to ensure the reliability of the bulk power grid in North America.  A key part of this mission is to develop and enforce Reliability Standards that all power entities in North America must adhere to. The only NERC compliance solution your entity needs is Portal Compliance, from Versify Solutions.

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V-PERFORMANCE 5.0 Advances Analytics, Fosters Operational Excellence for Power Generators and Utilities

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V-PERFORMANCE 5.0 Advances Analytics, Fosters Operational Excellence for Power Generators and Utilities

 

Glen Mills, Pa. (August 11, 2015) – V-PERFORMANCE® 5.0 extends Versify’s leadership by offering next-generation analytics and automation for many operational processes leveraging industry best practices. The enhanced platform offers robust data integration capabilities, extensive configurability, and out-of-the-box support for automating key business processes.

 

V-PERFORMANCE 5.0 is a major technology leap forward in promoting operational excellence for power companies and utilities. Versify developed V-PERFORMANCE 5.0 to provide clients with unparalleled data-management capabilities to help make better decisions that dramatically improve operational and financial performance. The platform offers better visibility into both opportunities and business risk, while improving operations efficiency. Versify’s broad functional footprint and SaaS deployment model allow customers to consolidate disparate applications and quickly deploy the solution.

 

Generation owners and utilities across the U.S. increase profitability and operate more effectively after deploying the new integrated analytics software suite. In a recent research study, customers reported they have recouped, on average, a return of seven times their investment, with some as high as 20 times. Companies have also successfully managed risk arising from new regulations from state, regional and federal agencies. Overall, Versify customers report millions of dollars in annual operating cost savings, revenue generation and fine/penalty avoidance.

 

“V-PERFORMANCE 5.0 takes analytics to an entirely new level, addressing critical information gaps,” said Pete Cona, Versify’s president and chief executive officer. “V-PERFORMANCE 5.0 provides power generators and utilities powerful and highly configurable applications with unique work flow functionality so they can manage their performance and improve operating efficiencies.”

 

V-PERFORMANCE 5.0 application modules offer analytical capabilities for power companies and utilities including: executive dashboards, portfolio performance management, asset management, generation and transmission outage management, operator logging, event management, plant management and compliance management. Versify provides analytics and workflows out-of-the box so customers can easily customize or create their own analytics and workflows to meet their process and reporting needs. Executives can use the key performance indicator (KPI) reporting functionality to quickly make strategic and tactical decisions to improve power plant operations for all generation technologies. Operational processes can be automated, standardized and tracked leading to significant operational efficiencies, reduced business risk and compliance with regulatory requirements.

 

 

About Versify Solutions

Versify Solutions Inc. provides SaaS and PaaS application solutions that integrate a company’s vast data sources to improve performance, reliability and efficiency of generation assets. Versify products including V-PERFORMANCE®, V-TRADER®, and Portal Compliance® offer generators and energy traders better information, empowering them to perform at the highest levels. The company offers a unique portfolio of analytical applications and services that provide key insights into generation performance, regulatory compliance, power-plant outage management and trading market opportunities. For more information, please visit https://www.versify.com/.

 

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Latest Research Among Leading Power Producers Shows Pay Off For Generators Using Integrated Analytics

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Glen Mills, Pa. (April 29, 2014) — Versify Solutions, a leading SaaS provider of integrated analytics to power generators, is helping some of the nation’s largest power producers improve financial and operational performance despite today’s turbulent market conditions. The successes of generators like Duke Energy, LS Power and Acciona are summarized in a recent, third-party research report entitled Power Producers Can Use Integrated Analytics to Drive Margin, Reduce Risk and Improve Asset Performance.

 

Versify’s integrated analytics platform helps investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and independent power producers (IPPs) significantly improve and integrate operations, dispatch, trading, compliance and other critical generation-support functions in as little as 90 days. The latest study found users have recouped, on average, a return of seven times their Versify software investment, with some as high as 20 times. Their returns are based both on increased margin and cost savings. Users report saving as much as $500,000 in a single instance and increasing revenues in increments of $10,000 to $20,000 per plant at a time — often adding up to millions annually.

 

Versify CEO Pete Cona said, “We are sharing this research with the market to show how our integrated analytics help generators create measurable value in a very challenging environment. When it comes to managing all the varying types of generation, including renewables, the days of legacy processes are giving way to more automated systems that can provide enhanced analytics and operational work flows that help improve and execute decisions and processes across the commercial operations enterprise.”

 

“Today, Versify is creating value in a number of ways including analytics, operations support and compliance management,” Cona continued. “Power generators are clearly benefitting from investments in integrated analytics. We’re happy to help our clients get ahead — and stay ahead — of a constantly moving curve.”

 

Copies of the research paper are available here.

 

About Versify Solutions

Versify Solutions Inc. provides SaaS and PaaS application solutions that integrate a company’s vast data sources to improve performance, reliability and efficiency of generation assets. Versify products, including V-PERFORMANCE®, V-TRADER®, and Portal Compliance® offer generators and energy traders better information, empowering them to perform at the highest levels. The company offers a unique portfolio of analytical applications and services that provide key insights into generation performance, regulatory compliance, power-plant outage management and trading market opportunities. For more information, please visit https://www.versify.com/.

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What you need to know: energy trader new york iso

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As an energy trader New York ISO you are part of a dynamic network of energy generators and distributors who are lighting the way for the New York region. The New York Independent System Operator works with its stakeholders to ensure the reliability of the power grid while benefiting end-users by:

  • Maintaining and ensuring reliability
  • Operating open, fair and competitive wholesale energy markets
  • Planning for the future of the power system
  • Providing numerous tools, resources and data for policy makers, traders and entities operating within the NYISO system

For an energy trader, New York ISO can be the source of invaluable data that can power energy trades and enhance your business across multiple markets. Let’s take a look at the resources the NYISO offers to energy traders.

Understanding the Markets

Understanding the complex energy market is the key to open access to the grid. Participants in the market bid to buy or sell electricity. The NYISO markets, in turn, make the most economical and efficient assignment of electric resources. This atmosphere drives efficient procurement of energy and drives healthy competition for market participants.

There are several different types of markets that work in conjunction with each other. As an energy trader New York ISO, your entity has an opportunity to glean knowledge from each of these markets

  • The energy market
  • The ancillary services market
  • The capacity market
  • Financial markets

Membership in the NYISO

The NYISO is responsible for the reliable transmission of electrify across almost 11,000 miles of high voltage lines. Over 500 energy generators dispatch energy within the NYISO market.

Several New York Transmission Owners are members of the NYISO, including:

  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
  • Con Edison
  • Long Island Power Authority
  • New York Power Authority
  • National Grid
  • New York State Electric & Gas Corporation
  • Orange & Rockland
  • Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation

Market Data for Energy Trader New York ISO

The NYISO provides a large range of tools for energy traders. Market data and resources include:

  • Pricing data
  • Power grid data
  • Load data
  • Reports and information
  • Postings by date
  • Zone Maps
  • Graphs
  • Market Access
  • Custom Reports
  • TCC
  • ICAP
  • Demand response
  • Interregional data
  • System Conditions

In addition, the NY ISO offers several opportunities for training and self-learning. Many courses are offered online. Courses cover billing, accounting, operations and other subjects. Throughout the year, the New York ISO offers several Market Overview Seminars for participants.

Want to learn more about NY ISO and how to use their resources to power your trades? Contact Versify Solutions today!


Tools for Energy Trader PJM Interconnection

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For an energy trader PJM is like a stock market with participants establishing electricity price by matching supply and demand. It is a dynamic marketplace and participating in it effectively can help your entity power past the competition and maintain itself as a reliable energy source on the bulk power grid.

Let’s learn more about the PJM interconnection, what it means to be an energy trader PJM and how Versify Solutions can help power your trades with innovative software solutions.

About the PJM Interconnection and Energy Market

The PJM Interconnection operates as Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) for 13 states and the District of Columbia. The states covered in all or part by PJM include:

  • Delaware

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Kentucky

  • Maryland

  • Michigan

  • New Jersey

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • Pennsylvania

  • Tennessee

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

The main role of PJM is to coordinate the transmission of wholesale electricity within its territory while ensuring reliability for customers and creating a fair, competitive electricity marketplace.

The PJM energy market is one of the largest and most dynamic on the planet.

Tools for Energy Trader PJM

The PJM is the market in which regional energy traders do their business. PJM sets locational marginal pricing (LMP) that predicts the value of the energy at the time and location it is delivered. The LMP ensures that the lowest priced energy is dispatched to meet demand. If they lowest price is not available across the grid because of transmission congestion, the pricing will vary across the grid.

For energy traders and wholesales this makes market data a critical tool in business development and profit growth.

PJM consists of Real-Time Markets and Day-Ahead Markets. The Day-Ahead Market calculates hourly pricing and demand. The Real-Time Markets calculate pricing and demand every 5 minutes.

PJM tools include:

  • Enhanced energy scheduler

  • Power Meter

  • Data Miner

  • InSchedule

  • ExSchedule

  • eCredit

  • eDART

  • eData

  • eDatafeed

Unifying and effectively utilizing these tools requires a powerful, professional software solution.

Power Your Trades with Versify Solutions!

If you are an energy trader, PJM is your go-to energy market in the Northeast and your go-to professional tool for trades is V-Trader from Versify Solutions. V-Trader is the ultimate tool for unifying and managing all the data provided by the PJM Interconnection. V-Trader features automated event capture and is preloaded with all regional ISO and RTO information. No matter what market you operate in, V-Trader can help power your trades and wholesale business by aligning your data with local market data.

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Energy industry reporting california iso

Researching and analyzing energy industry reporting California ISO can provide your energy entity with valuable market insights. The California ISO (also called CAISO) has a plethora of resources available for energy entities operating in the California ISO marketplace.

Here is a review of available energy industry reporting California ISO resources.

Overview of CAISO

CAISO works around the clock to ensure the lights stay on, while building a competitive marketplace for energy. Their job is to ensure the reliability of the grid for end-use customers, while also making sure energy generators have fair and equal access to the marketplace.

Members of the ISO include scheduling coordinators, congestion revenue rights holders, convergence bidding entities, generators and transmission owners.

Transparent Access

Energy industry reporting california iso provides centralized access to important data. The market is dynamic and constantly changing and CAISO is at the forefront of providing current information and reports to the marketplace.

On the CAISO website, the organization provides updates and bulletins on the following news areas:

  • CAISO board and committees—providing minutes, proposals and bulletins from the CAISO Board of governors and its committees
  • Stakeholder processes—announcements on opportunities for stakeholders to provide input on various processes and policies of the CAISO
  • Release planning—the assessment of market initiative implementation impacts
  • Clean, green grid—reports on environmental reform and renewable energy policies in California
  • Notifications—timely notifications and alerts on ISO operations, markets, emergencies and upcoming events
  • Meetings and events—announcements of upcoming events for stakeholder input and participation.
  • Recent documents—CAISO’s most recent documents
  • Bulletins, reports and studies—centralized access to all technical bulletins, reports and case studies
  • Papers and proposals—policy papers, decisions and other proposals
  • Regulatory filings and orders—centralized access to filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the California Public Utilities Commission

Your Role: Outage Planning and Reporting

In addition to all the tools and reports that CAISO provides to marketplace members, your entity has a role to support reporting and data. CAISO asks for stakeholder input on a variety of processes and policies ranging from transmission planning to budget and grid management. In addition, entities who operate in the CAISO marketplace must provide planning outage information to the ISO and report on unplanned outages. This helps CAISO ensure the ongoing reliability of the grid

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Types of Power Industry Data Analysis From The U.S. Energy Information Administration

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is an independent government organization within the U.S. Department of Energy that collects, analyzes and provides a comprehensive range of power industry data analysis for energy entities, the general public and policymakers. The aim is to promote efficient and effective policy making, while supporting energy industry growth and economic development.

For power entities, this high level and comprehensive power industry data analysis can be a critical tool in making business decisions.

Types of EIA Power Industry Data Analysis

EIA provides reports on the following energy sectors and uses:shutterstock_13398974612

  • Petroleum and other liquids: crude oil, heating oil, diesel, gasoline and biofuels

  • Natural gas: exploration, resources, production, imports, exports, prices and sales

  • Coal: imports, exports, prices, resources, production, sales, prices , employment and human resources and stock prices

  • Renewables and alternative fuels: hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and ethanol

  • Electricity: sales, revenue, stock prices, outages, generation, trade, power plants and emissions

  • Nuclear and uranium:  nuclear reactors, uranium fuel and generation

  • Consumption and efficiency: public and private sector energy use in homes, manufacturing, commercial buildings and transportation

  • Total energy: comprehensive power industry data analysis of consumption, reserves and forecasted demands

In each of these categories, the EIA provides weekly, monthly, annual and multi year reports and analysis. The final analyzed data is primarily available via the EIA website.

Electricity Data Analysis and Projections

EIA has a comprehensive list of data analysis and projections that it provides for electricity. The report list includes:

  • Consumption, revenues and prices

  • Generation and thermal output

  • Generating capacity

  • Consumption of fuels used to generate electricity

  • Data on fossil fuels for electricity generation

  • Revenue and expense statistics for power plants

  • Electricity purchases, imports and exports

  • Grid Reliability

  • Consumer demand, capacity resources and capacity margins

  • Electricity and the environment

The EIA also provides detailed electricity data organized by the state-level, sale and revenue, generating capacity, power plant operating data and more. Users can customized data views and graph down to the plant level by using the interactive electricity data feature on the EIA website.

The EIA sources data through customized data surveys to key players in the power industry. While not all entities are required to participate in the data collection process; if you are selected to participate, it is mandatory to complete the data survey under the FEA act.

Use Data to Power Your Business

The EIA data is a useful tool for all power entities. When used properly the power Industry data analysis can help you power your business past the competition.Versify Solutions is the leading provider of power industry data analysis solutions. Our comprehensive platform includes automated data collection, storage and analysis features that can support your entity if you are required to report to EIA. Contact us today to learn more!


Types of Power Industry Data Analysis From The U.S. Energy Information Administration

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is an independent government organization within the U.S. Department of Energy that collects, analyzes and provides a comprehensive range of power industry data analysis for energy entities, the general public and policymakers. The aim is to promote efficient and effective policymaking, while supporting energy industry growth and economic development.

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All About Power Industry Reporting CAISO

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The California ISO is responsible for keeping the lights on 24-7 in the most of California and a portion of Nevada. As part of their responsibility both to power entities and to customers using the grid, the organization provides regular power industry reporting CAISO to its member affiliates and stakeholders.

These reports details the energy market’s current, real-time status as well as provide future predictions on demands and market-driven pricing. The goal of CAISO is to ensure reliability and balance pricing for customers, while also working towards California’s clean energy goals.power_industry_reporting_CAISO

CAISO provides the power industry with many resources and reports that are invaluable resources for sustained business growth and long-term success in the CAISO marketplace.

Reports and Publications

The ISO believes that a competitive energy market place leads to better reliability and better pricing. As part of their comprehensive power industry reporting, CAISOissues the following reports and publications to its membership and the public:

  • Strategic Plan (issued as updated, typically annually)

  • California ISO: Your Power is Our Priority (a brochure)

  • Company Information and Facts

  • Powering the New Grid: Advancing Smart Technology

  • Powering the New Grid: Integrating Renewables Reliability

  • 2013 State of the Grid (Annual Report)

  • Financial reports—Quarterly financials, FERC data, Five-Year Financial Summary, Audited Financial Statements

  • Debt Financing reporting, including bond reports and disclosures

  • Final Budget and GMC Rates Book (annual)

  • Energy Matters Newsletters, a monthly newsletter

In addition, CAISO also issues industry insights and reports including technical reports on the state of the grid, wholesale demand response comparisons, generation interconnection and deliverability allocation procedures, reports on geomagnetic disturbances and many more technical reports.

Grid Reporting

A key piece of power industry reporting CAISO is the constant monitoring of the power grid. Every 33 milliseconds CAISO checks the power grid, enabling fast corrections to situations that could cause unplanned outages and affect reliability. CAISO has two control centers located in Folsom and Alhambra, which both can assume full grid of the grid within minutes if required.

Members of the CAISO benefit from this monitoring and reporting. Using this data your entity can compete, grow and thrive in one of the largest marketplaces in the world.

Powering Industry Reporting CAISO

Using the rich data provided by CAISO requires a fully integrated data solution that is customized for the power industry. There is only one choice: V-Performance from Versify Solutions. V-Performance powers your data, so you can power the world.  Call us today to learn more!


Energy Industry Reporting CAISO: Changes in 2014

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If you are an energy entity operating in the California market, you know there are big changes on the horizon for energy industry reporting CAISO. The California ISO currently oversees the power grid in California and a portion of Nevada

This July, market stimulation begins and by October 2014, CAISO is extending the ISO real-time market to other balancing authorities in the West.

Energy Imbalance Market

shutterstock_85447033Right now, CAISO has begun market stimulation throughout the West. Strict implementation of energy industry reporting CAISO standards will begin in October. First, EIM will include PacifiCorp with customers in six states, including California, Oregon, Washington Utah,Wyoming and Idaho.  FERC approved this implementation on June 28, 2013.

Then NV Energy will join the EIM in October 2015. Both these moves were designed and approved by FERC in June 19, 2014 as part of a larger initiative to extend and correct the energy imbalance market.

Understanding the EIM

CAISO’s automated system balances electricity supply and demand every five minutes by choosing the lowest-cost resource to meet the demands of the grid. Outside of CAISO each utility and entity balance their own supply and demand and provide energy industry reporting CAISO.

The EIM will bring down costs by allowing non-ISO transmission owners, like PacifiCorp and NV Energy to benefit from economically dispatched power and in turn the members of the ISO will benefit from more power data resources.  The EIM also improves reliability by taking advantage of a larger and more diverse geographic area, providing a larger pool of renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power, which facilitate based on weather patterns. A larger portfolio of available energy will power the grid and provide more competition for all entities within and outside of the ISO

Preparation for Changes

Energy industry reporting CAISO will change as the move to an expanded EIM goes into effect in October. CAISO wants private entities to make a move towards more automated reporting and balancing, to enable efficient, real-time data and market information exchange.

Versify Solutions has its full Operating System of automated software solutions for plants of all sizes and types. Its operating system, headlined by V-Performance 5.0, is the ultimate in generation management. The system fully prepares your entity for the new CAISO reporting requirements with integrated views of operations, capacity and financials, seamless integration with the CAISO OMS and real-time, accessible data with dashboard reporting to enable communication across your organization.  Call us to request a free demo of V-Performance 5.0 and to learn more about CAISO.

 


Tools for Power Industry Data Management CAISO

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Power industry entities operating within the California ISO territory are responsible for participating in the ISO by providing data related to outages, capacity, market activities and other relevant information to the CAISO power grid. Sharing this information and collaborating with other entities within the ISO’s territory requires a power industry data management CAISO system.

Using data management tools can make your participation in the CAISO efficient and ensure that you are also taking full advantage of the data that CAISO shares to guide your business decisions.

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Your entity will produce huge amounts of data on a daily basis. Having a system for power industry data management CAISO is critical for reporting requirements and for maintaining your long term relationship with CAISO.  By having a data management system in place, you can ensure you can provide accurate and timely reports to CAISO. An effective data management tool will automate event capture and have CAISO reporting requirements preloaded into the system.

CAISO requires that entities report on planned outages within 90 days of scheduled event; as well as provide data on unplanned outages due to emergency events and other entity system failures. CAISO uses capacity and outage data to ensure the reliability of the grid and ensure the lights stay on 24-7.

CAISO also uses capacity, demand and market data to drive and supply consumers with the lowest pricing available. By keeping CAISO informed about your operations, you can ensure that your remain competitive in the marketplace and guide pricing strategies.

Managing CAISO data

While you will supply CAISO with vast amounts of data, CAISO also produces vast amounts of capacity, outage and market data. This data is one of the major benefits of participating and collaborating with the ISO. Using power industry data management CAISO tools, you can maximize and efficiently manage all the big data supplied to you. Understanding planned outages of other operations can help you with your own outage planning and business planning. CAISO provides entities with market forecasts, historical models and real-time information that you can integrate into our own business models.

Bringing it all together: V-Performance 5.0

V-Performance 5.0, from Versify Solutions is the premier power industry data management CAISO system. This unique tool collects data from your entity and integrates it with data from outside sources such as CAISO to give your entity a real-time look at capacity, pricing and demand, helping your management make split second decisions with fine-tuned precision. Call us today to learn more about V-Performance and CAISO data management.


Power Generation CAISO Primer

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Every five minutes the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) forecasts electrical demand, accounts for available energy and dispatches the least expensive power plant to meet consumer demand. The power generation CAISO is a critical piece of ensuring the reliability of the power grid and ensuring the lights stay on.

As a power generator it is important that you understand what CAISO does so you can most effectively and efficiently work with the ISO. Understanding the power generation CAISO ensures that you can power past the competition in the California marketplace.

The Role of the Power Generation CAISOshutterstock_103924373

The power generation CAISO is responsible for managing the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines in California and part of Nevada. There are over 30 million customers in their service area and the CAISO is the only independent grid operator in the western United States. The CAISO grants equal access to its member utilities, private power plants and other power generators to ensure consumers get the lowest possible price.

In addition CAISO manages and coordinates supply and demand on the grid. Using big data—both historical and real-time, CAISO forecasts needs and planned outages. This information is supplied to entities operating within the ISO’s service area, so they may competitively price, plan and ensure their reliability.

Data and CAISO

While CAISO monitors and forecasts demand and pricing, your power generator is responsible for supplying data to CAISO.  Your entity is also responsible for reporting planned outages due to scheduled maintenance, construction or other upgrades. In the event of unplanned outages, your entity must also report when the outages will end, so the CAISO can dispatch an alternate energy source as soon as possible.

And, in turn, CAISO supplies market and demand forecasts to power generators. Power generators can use this data to set pricing, monitor reserves and make marketplace trading decisions.

V-Performance 5.0

V-Performance 5.0 is your go-to tool for working CAISO. For your reporting and outage planning needs, V-Performance automates event capture, stores and analyzes data and comes preloaded with standard ISO reporting requirements. It makes collaboration in your facility easy with custom dashboard reporting and web based access, so your data and reporting faculties are available all the time.

Want to learn more? Call Versify Solutions, the developers of V-Performance 5.0, for a free consultation and to answer all your questions about the power generation CAISO.

 


Versify Software to be Demonstrated at OSIsoft Users Conference

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Making (More) Money From Windpower: Versify Software to be Demonstrated at OSIsoft Users Conference

 

Glen Mills, Pa.— More than 61,000 megawatts (MW) of wind generation is operating in the U.S. today, and an additional 12,000 MW of windpower Is under construction, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Many of those wind facilities are located in relatively remote locations. When wind generation trips offline, understanding why it tripped and reintegrating it to the system can be time-consuming and expensive.
Enterprise software and analytics from Versify Solutions Incorporated helps wind companies like NaturEner USA (San Francisco, CA) reduce the downtime and the cost of outage events by capturing information about the frequency, magnitude, and causes of these events. In a demonstration at the OSIsoft Users Conference on March 27, Devon Yates, manager of operational analytics for NaturEner USA, will show how her firm uses a Versify application to log and manage wind farm outage events. Her talk also will discuss how Versify’s software interfaces with OSIsoft’s enterprise infrastructure to improve the operational performance of NaturEner’s wind fleet.
“Understanding the impact of outage events on wind generation is essential for NaturEner to maximize profits from our wind assets,” Yates said. “Our partners Versify Solutions Inc. and OSIsoft have helped us better understand and manage unplanned outages, which allows us to optimize our generation and maximize profits.”
OSIsoft’s PI System® is the industry-standard enterprise infrastructure for management of time-series data and events. Renewable energy companies and thermal generators use Versify’s applications in concert with OSIsoft’s PI System to manage real-time data and events that affect operational efficiency and profitability.
Software solutions from Versify and PI help NaturEner more rapidly summarize and categorize the wind energy output lost to planned and unplanned outages. NaturEner also uses this superior asset intelligence to evaluate operational procedures, such as the re-energization process after an outage.


Overcoming Reporting Challenges for Merchant Generators

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Merchant generators know the wholesale marketplace is competitive, dynamic and risky place.  In order to minimize risk and maximize your profits for your investors, you need real-time information on your performance, your competition and the general market conditions.

V-Performance from Versify Solutions offers it all in a seamless, fully-integrated software package. V-Performance gives you all the information you need to thrive and succeed in the merchant generator marketplace.  This information includes our comprehensive suite of data collection, and analysis products that summarize key performance metrics.

V-Performance Reporting Features for Merchant Generators

All merchant generators have the same challenge: compiling and reporting performance metrics consumes valuable time that should be spent optimizing your plant operations. The solution is the data-collection and reporting systems in V-Performance.

Features include:

  • Standard and custom key performance indicators calculated hourly
  • Comprehensive library of report templates to create customized and complete reports for your team and management
  • The ability to identify and correct invalid data from third party systems
  • Integration with historical data
  • Margin and profit/loss reporting to help identify opportunities for growth
  • Operational summaries to help assess play performance
  • Automated Commercial Availability and EFOR calculations
  • Executive reporting capability to display on monitors

The end-result: consistent application of metric and data company-wide; allowing you to make precision decisions based on real-time information.

Customized Ad Hoc Queries

The wholesale merchant generator market is fluid; which means your reporting needs will change as the market changes. Many merchant generators require daily reports. The customized Ad Hoc query application allows you to build your own queries and reports against the Versify database as well as against the integrated historical data. The Ad Hod Query function is user friendly and reduces the reliance on IT support by searching and identifying suspect or invalid data. The system also saves all queries and reports and allows for easy export of all reports.

User-friendly with Real-time Access

V-Performance software allows all standard and custom reports to be accessed anywhere via your mobile device.  Managers can access all plant information in real-time. The software is compatible with Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry mobile devices. Mobile access provides insight to management and plant personnel in real time and allows them to be more reactive to operations and market conditions.  Want to learn more? Contact Versify to arrange a software demo today.


Maximizing Your Assets: Dispatch Stack

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The dispatch stack can be a helpful tool for bulk power generators. The dispatch stack lists the cost of production of power by each energy generation source (natural gas, renewables, nuclear, etc) from least cost to most cost.  Since most bulk power generators rely on a variety of assets for energy generation, this tool can help your company maximize their assets and produce the most amount of energy for the least amount of money.

Hypothetical Dispatch Stack

In general renewables and nuclear generating units represent the lowest cost generating assets.   In 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Administration put together a hypothetical dispatch stack. The generation dispatching  ranked generation assets, from least costly to most costly as follows:

  • Renewables
  • Nuclear
  • Hydro
  • Coal
  • Natural gas-combined cycle
  • Natural gas-other
  • Petroleum

However, the energy generation dispatching can be misleading. It does not take into account the capital costs or ongoing security and safety costs associated with generating assets. Most often, low cost generating units such as nuclear power have enormous capital and atypical operating costs. Also, many generating units cannot be turned and turned off without notice, resulting in flexibility issues that can affect cost.

Other Factors

As noted above, the dispatch stack does not give an accurate picture of all the variables that affect the cost of power generation. To truly understand how to maximize your generation assets, bulk power generators need to analyze theenergy generation dispatching, hourly demand and supply, capital costs, compliance and cyber asset protection costs and generation asset flexibility.

Since demand changes hourly (and monthly and seasonally and when their is an extreme weather event) and power assets are not something that can be kept in stock, bulk power generations must be prepared to make critical decisions in real time.  To keep track of the big picture and all the factors (including dispatch stack) that affect generation cost, bulk power generators require a comprehensive data management solution.

V-Performance from Versify Solutions

V-Performance from Versify Solutions delivers high level generation data that summarizes generation asset performance through an interactive, web-based dashboard reporting application that provides comprehensive and customized asset reports. In V-Performance, bulk power generators can review a real-time dispatch stack, as well as capital costs, safety costs and other operational data. All this information allows bulk power generators to make real-time operating decisions based on real-time data--not hypotheticals.

For more information about V-Performance, contact Versify Solutions for a free consultation.