Energy Price Modeling Webinar

Recently, cQuant.io and E3 presented a webinar that explained why an understanding of future prices is essential for both short and long-term portfolio planning and risk management. Moreover, we discuss how combining a solid fundamental price forecast with a robust simulation solution, your complete analytic framework will enable you to make the best decisions while navigating the ever-evolving energy markets.  Also featuring a …

Retail Rate Structures for Electric Distribution Networks in Transition: A Case for Automation

BY BROCK MOSOVSKY AND STEVEN DAHLKE Clean energy technologies are increasingly being deployed on electric distribution systems and retail electricity pricing is evolving to support the transition. This evolution involves moving from rates characterized by flat energy charges and net metering policies for distributed energy resources (DERs) towards modern structures that more accurately reflect a utility’s costs to supply and …

Analytic Transformation Webinar

Use Case Analytic Transformation Webinar Recently, cQuant.io and OpenAnalytics presented a webinar that outlined how Talen Energy adopted a new data analytics platform and increased their Q1 2020 earnings. During this webinar we show you: how to capture the most from your data, the best analytic tools for portfolio optimization and risk management, and how to streamline your current data …

Advanced Analytics and Long-Term Planning

Rapid change in the power sector adds to the complexity of evaluating investment decisions. Implementing advanced analytics and improving optionality can help companies make informed investment decisions during rapid sector changes. The following Q&A was an interview conducted by UtilityDive with our Energy Analyst, David Manning. Below you will see David’s comments on advanced utility investments.  What are long-term planning …

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A Quick Review of Outage Cost Analysis

Outages can pose a significant risk to generation asset managers. Some outages are under managers’ control, such as routine planned maintenance, while other outages are unexpected, including forced generator outages due to mechanical failure or transmission outages from severe weather events. Outages add to the complexity of energy risk management – risk managers may have a strategy for effectively hedging …

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Excel Spreadsheet Analytics vs. SaaS Analytics

When does is make sense to upgrade your analytics? Most corporations use Excel spreadsheets for a variety of business requirements, and for good reason. Excel is inexpensive, easy to learn, easy to customize and has useful computational features. However, as companies and their analytic needs grow, the strengths of Excel can quickly become its faults. Excel spreadsheet flexibility and customizability …

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Fundamental vs Simulation Models for Energy Portfolios

There seems to be some confusion regarding the differences between, and best uses for, fundamental and simulation models.  In part, this is the fault of the vendors, who try to sell their solution as good for everything. There is no individual model that should be used for every analytical task.  Recently I heard a chief officer of an energy company …

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Five Key Mistakes Companies Make When Buying Software

After 20+ years in software sales, it is safe to say that I have seen almost everything. At a recent energy analytics event, we presented the “Top 5 Mistakes” that companies make when buying enterprise software.  Amazingly, most companies make the same mistakes, over and over. Why is that? Vendors engage in sales processes dozens of times per year, but …

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Top 5 Energy Trends in Mexico

Mexico has become one of the most attractive emerging energy markets in the world. Since 2016, when energy reform was enacted to liberate the state-run power and fuel markets, there are only a handful of places in the world that shine brighter with opportunity for new business. However, opportunity in Mexico comes wrapped with uncertainty and risk. Like in any …

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Renewable PPA Primer: Financial Risk Assessment for Corporate Energy Buyers

Renewable energy purchases by large corporations are accelerating.  In 2017, large corporates bought over 5 gigawatts of renewable energy and we are on-pace to shatter this number in 2018 with over 7 gigawatts already purchased this year (Bloomberg article August 2018).  Telecoms and large technology companies are leading this charge and mainstream Fortune 1000 companies are not far behind.  In …