Portfolio Management as a Service (PMaaS)

The Frontier of Energy Analytics: cQuant.io’s New Offering – Portfolio Management as a Service (PMaaS)

In the previous two articles, Part One: Performance is Key and Part Two: Prescriptive Analytics, we discussed how technology and performance can move processes forward for energy companies. In this final article of our 3-part series, we will talk about service. cQuant.io is announcing a new product called Portfolio Management as a Service (PMaaS), which provides the same level of expertise delivered via a service …

Prescriptive Analytics (A Step Beyond Descriptive)

The Frontier of Energy Analytics: Prescriptive Analytics (A Step Beyond Descriptive)

For years energy analytics has focused on simulating future outcomes, identifying risk, and uncovering uncertainty. Today, rapid changes in the industry have companies wanting more out of their analytic solutions, whereby the analytics take the next step to offer potential solutions to mitigate identified risk and uncertainty. This is where prescriptive analytics (or analytics that inform us of what should be done to improve the …

High Performance in Energy Analytics

The Frontier of Energy Analytics: Performance is Key

The energy industry has up until recently been judged as slow to adopt new technology and cautious to make change, but not any longer. The pace of change is now accelerating, driven by both the uncertainty created by unforeseen global events and useful technological innovation. Over the next few years, cQuant.io will be leading the effort to leverage this new technology to bound and tame …

Carbon Reduction Goals

cQuant’s Journey in Renewables: The Hidden Complexity in Reaching True Carbon Reduction Goals

“Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030… Committed to carbon neutrality across global operations by 2035… Industry leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our business lines…” Sound familiar? 2021 saw some of the most aggressive carbon reduction goals across both the legacy energy industry and the corporate world. To achieve these goals, numerous companies have entered into power purchase agreements (PPAs), invested in …

TX Solar Historical Generation Profiles

cQuant’s Journey in Renewables: Creating Historical Generation Profiles for Renewable Assets

Part One in cQuant’s Journey in Renewables called out the important factors that need to be examined when evaluating PPA contracts. In Part Two, we will be explaining how to create historical generation profiles specifically for renewable assets. If renewable assets are already established, then the historical generation profile is easily obtainable in order to simulate risk. However, if renewable assets are yet to be …

The Uncertainty in Valuing PPAs

cQuant’s Journey in Renewables: The Uncertainty in Valuing PPAs

During the clean energy procurement process, buyers are tasked with evaluating dozens to hundreds of PPA contracts with varying terms, geographies, energy shapes, storage options, etc. If their value and risk are not properly understood from the date of signing through the life of the contract, PPA/VPPAs can result in significant negative cash flows for the company. When evaluating PPA contracts, there are several factors …

“100% Hedged” vs. “Risk Free”: Understanding the Difference

“100% Hedged” vs. “Risk Free”: Understanding the Difference

Any energy market participant realizes that uncertainty in future prices of electricity and fossil fuels means risk exposure for their portfolio. Extreme weather, new government regulations, or changes in global supply dynamics can quickly erode profits or even spell ultimate disaster for companies on the wrong side of the resulting price swings. Rather than leaving their portfolio exposed to today’s highly volatile energy market, portfolio …

Build vs Buy in Energy Analytics

My Quants are Better than Your Quants

People always ask me, “Who does your company compete with?” There are a few vendors that do energy analytics like cQuant.io. But mostly, we compete with energy companies that believe they are going to succeed by building bespoke analytics themselves. Almost always, they fail. Here is why. Let me start by telling you what we do. cQuant.io is an energy analytics company. Our team of …

Managing Renewables & Storage in Modern Energy Portfolios​ Webinar

On March 24, 2021, NAEMA presented Managing Renewables and Storage inModern Energy Portfolios by cQuant’s VP of Analytics, Brock Mosovsky, Ph.D. As intermittent renewable generation continues to grow its share of a rapidly evolving electricity supply mix, traditional portfolio management strategies designed for fleets of dispatchable thermal generation assets are becoming obsolete. The volumetric uncertainty inherent to wind and solar generation, the erosion effect renewables can …

The Texas Power Grid Fallout: View from a Risk Manager

The Texas fallout of February ’21 from severe winter weather is currently at the forefront of conversation. But this isn’t the first time in history that we’ve seen weather anomalies cripple the power grid and spell financial doom for organizations that were poorly positioned. Such “black swan” events are extremely low in probability but extremely high in impact. In fact, they are often so extreme …