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Energy Risk Management Software: Build, Buy or Assemble?

When it comes to energy risk management analytics, the classic dilemma that most energy companies face is “build or buy”.  A dilemma is a situation in which a difficult choice must be made between two equally undesirable alternatives.  Later I will introduce the new alternative of assembling a risk solution.  First, let’s spend a moment describing how most energy companies …

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J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities: Three Steps to Understanding Value and Risk in Renewable PPAs

This article is based on the author’s recently-published article in the JP Morgan Center for Commodities Global Commodities Applied Research Digest (GCARD). Renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) have long been important enablers of renewable energy development. However, like any structured transaction, PPAs come with a certain set of risks that the buyer should fully understand before committing to the deal. …

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Nine Questions with Devon Williams, Risk Manager at Grant County Public Utility District.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Williams. In the following interview, he provides sage advice on risk analytics and how to grow awareness of risk-based thinking within an organizational culture. Q1:  Mr. Williams, as the Risk Manager for Grant County Public Utility District, what are your primary responsibilities? Chiefly I am tasked with developing our enterprise …

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Small-Scale LNG in the Caribbean

Natural Gas demand in the Caribbean is growing.  Yet natural gas supply has not caught up to this demand.  There are structural inefficiencies in the market that have prevented demand from being fully met.  These inefficiencies represent a market opportunity.  This article seeks to identify the underlying reason for the lack of natural gas supply as well as some recent …

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Moneyball for Energy Portfolio Analytics

Energy portfolio managers have an on-going dilemma.  When it comes to market and portfolio analytics, when is your analysis good enough?  Unfortunately, financial constraints often drive this decision.  I hear this all the time, “My management will not allow us to add another expensive solution, so we are doing that work on a spreadsheet.” Does this describe your situation? Energy …

Duck with a Side of Energy Storage: Why batteries pair perfectly with high-penetration solar

In 2013, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) first published the iconic “Duck Curve“, forecasting what would happen to the shape of hourly net electricity demand under high solar photovoltaic (PV) penetration scenarios. Since this initial publication, the situation in California has unfolded in remarkably similar fashion to what was forecasted. Mid-day solar generation has dramatically reduced the net electricity …

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Renewables Have Killed Baseload…Now What?

***This article is the second in a two-part series on the effects of high renewable penetration on thermal generation operational paradigms. The first article discussed how intermittent renewable generation has transformed the grid to the point where many combined cycle plants are unable to operate profitably.*** So baseload power is on its way out and intermittent renewable generation is on …

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Energy Risk Management: Five Steps to Improve Your Process

Choose the right risk metric. Energy portfolios vary greatly from company to company and location to location.  No two energy portfolios are the same, and risk management strategies must be tailored to the unique risk factors of each portfolio. Many companies use a traditional Value-at-Risk (VaR) metric to report risk to their Board and to highlight risk to the portfolio …

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cQuant Insight: GE Rings Funeral Toll for Baseload Generation

***This article is the first in a two-part series on the effects of high renewable penetration on thermal generation operational paradigms. The next article will discuss how utility supply planners, generation asset managers, and renewable PPA purchasers can leverage today’s best practices in energy analytics to position their portfolios for a future without baseload power.***  The fact that our generation …