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Ascend Summit 2024 | In Person: September 30 - October 2, 2024 | Boulder, Colorado

September 30, 2024

September 30 - October 2, 2024

The Ascend Summit brings together prominent electric power experts to offer new perspectives on wholesale electricity markets, resource planning, green energy purchasing, battery storage, and merchant portfolio management.

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Carbon Accounting Methods and Procurement Strategies for Cost-Efficient Decarbonization | Online August 22, 2024

August 22, 2024

Meeting clean energy targets has set in motion an industry move from annual to hourly RECs and emissionality. The transition to hourly analysis of clean power poses both significant opportunity and risks as we make irreversible investment decisions today.

Meeting clean energy targets has set in motion an industry move from annual to hourly RECs and emissionality. The transition to hourly analysis of clean power poses both significant opportunity and risks as we make irreversible investment decisions today.

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ERCOT Release 5.1 Preview: I Can't Believe it's not a Capacity Market | Online July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

ERCOT is experiencing quickly rising demand, but ERCOT’s electrical isolation from the rest of the country makes it more susceptible to volatility and scarcity conditions that result from a delicate supply and demand balance.

ERCOT is experiencing quickly rising demand, but ERCOT’s electrical isolation from the rest of the country makes it more susceptible to volatility and scarcity conditions that result from a delicate supply and demand balance. While identifying as an energy-only market, ERCOT has implemented a variety of capacity revenue mechanisms to incentivize new generators, with critical conditions and revenues shifting toward longer duration resources. This webinar will discuss Ascend's view of ERCOT's evolving market fundamentals and the implications on prices for energy, ancillaries, and the ‘not a capacity market.

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NYISO and ISO-NE Forecast Preview: On Again Off (Shore) Again Relationships | April 9, 2024

April 9, 2024

Online Webinar | 11:00AM MT

In the NYISO and ISO-NE electricity markets, increasing concerns about the costs of the energy transition has led to project and contract cancellations, while a shift to marginal ELCC accreditation in capacity markets puts downward pressure on storage project returns. Clean energy initiatives such as the Massachusetts Clean Peak Standard and New York’s 10-Point Action Plan will continue to influence development as will load growth in a more capacity-constrained grid.

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Achieving Your Clean Power Goals Cost Effectively | January 30, 2024

Online | 12:00PM - 1:00PM MT

Learn how to unlock new value in PPAs by improving long term PPA and investment outcomes incorporating high-definition forecasts to minimize costs and risks. If you are looking to meet future clean energy objectives, this webinar provides the analytic lens to lock-in purchases that maximize future value with consideration of hourly emissions attributes, market conditions, and load profiles.

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Ascend Summit 2023 | Realizing the Energy Transition

In Person

Ascend Summit 2023

Registration Is Open!

The Ascend Summit explores the opportunities of the energy transition in today's power sector from policy, economic, capital investments, and power procurement perspectives. The event brings together electric power experts from across the US to offer their insights into wholesale electricity markets, resource planning, green energy purchasing, battery storage, and merchant portfolio management in a rapidly changing energy landscape.

Registration Is Open!

The Ascend Summit explores the opportunities of the energy transition in today's power sector from policy, economic, capital investments, and power procurement perspectives. The event brings together electric power experts from across the US to offer their insights into wholesale electricity markets, resource planning, green energy purchasing, battery storage, and merchant portfolio management in a rapidly changing energy landscape.

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Derisking & Deploying Merchant Storage

Online

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm MT

Speakers: Adam M. Hise & Gary Dorris

March 30th, 2022 | Derisking & Deploying Merchant Storage

Ascend Analytics has supported the financing of over 20 GW of merchant storage assets and is commercializing novel risk transfer offerings to permit efficient project financing.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • How lenders and investors characterize storage revenue potential across competitive markets;
  • How financiers and insurers manage the operational risk of battery dispatch with risk-optimized strategies; and
  • How revenue insurance can support efficient financing of merchant projects with revenue risk transfer

Derisking & Deploying Merchant Storage | Ascend Analytics has supported the financing of over 8 GW of merchant storage assets and is commercializing novel risk transfer offerings to permit efficient project financing.

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CAISO Forecast 5.1 Preview: The Calm Before the Storm | April 30, 2024

Online Webinar | 11:00AM MT

CAISO had an anomalously mild 2023 with lower-than-expected power prices and volatility, driven by abundant hydro generation, cool summer weather, and low gas prices. However, load growth and increasingly aggressive clean energy procurement mandates are running up against clogged interconnection queues and rising project costs.

Speakers:

Gary Dorris, PhD, CEO

Brent Nelson, PhD, Managing Director of Markets & Strategy

CAISO had an anomalously mild 2023 with lower-than-expected power prices and volatility, driven by abundant hydro generation, cool summer weather, and low gas prices. However, load growth and increasingly aggressive clean energy procurement mandates are running up against clogged interconnection queues and rising project costs.

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CAISO Forecast 4.2 Preview: You Can't Always Get What You Want

Online

CAISO Forecast 4.2 Preview: You Can't Always Get What You Want | September 21, 2023

As RPS targets continue to ratchet, peak demand grows, supply chains remain disrupted, and project development timelines remain long, California is struggling to obtain the resources it needs to keep the lights on while also meeting clean energy goals. This webinar will provide an overview of Ascend’s latest CAISO forecast and the implications of these conditions on market prices, RA prices, and REC prices.

As RPS targets continue to ratchet, peak demand grows, supply chains remain disrupted, and project development timelines remain long, California is struggling to obtain the resources it needs to keep the lights on while also meeting clean energy goals. This webinar will provide an overview of Ascend’s latest CAISO forecast and the implications of these conditions on market prices, RA prices, and REC prices.

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IRA Opportunity Zones: These Tax Credits go to Eleven

Online

IRA Opportunity Zones: These tax credits go to Eleven

November 3, 2022| IRA Opportunity Zones: These tax credits go to Eleven

11am - 12pm MT

With location-specific bonus tax credits for low income and fossil fuel communities, the Inflation Reduction Act has changed the geo-spatial dynamics of renewable project development to address social justice issues. Understanding the geography of these incentives and how to stack them provides a significant competitive advantage for investment in renewables and storage. Ascend has developed map layers identifying the IRA locational incentives for strategic siting. In this webinar, Ascend will describe the IRA bonus tax credits and identify areas where power market dynamics and tax incentives coincide for better-than-ever investment in the energy transition. We’ll also uncover new geographic opportunities that have materialized.

With location-specific bonus tax credits for low income and fossil fuel communities, the Inflation Reduction Act has changed the geo-spatial dynamics of renewable project development to address social justice issues. Understanding the geography of these incentives and how to stack them provides a significant competitive advantage for investment in renewables and storage. Ascend has developed map layers identifying the IRA locational incentives for strategic siting. In this webinar, Ascend will describe the IRA bonus tax credits and identify areas where power market dynamics and tax incentives coincide for better-than-ever investment in the energy transition. We’ll also uncover new geographic opportunities that have materialized.

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From Valuation to Operation: Capturing Opportunities with Storage & Hybrids

Online

From Valuation to Operation: Capturing Opportunities with Storage & Hybrids

February 9th, 2023 | From Valuation to Operation: Capturing Opportunities with Storage & Hybrids

11am - 12pm MT

Speakers: Gary Dorris, PhD & Allison Weis, PhD

To capture the maximum project value of storage and hybrids in live operations, state-of-the-art adaptive forecasting of market conditions and continuous optimization of bid curves provide a competitive edge over traditional heuristic or fundamental trading strategies.

In this webinar, we will demonstrate the performance of Ascend’s proprietary algorithms across use cases for storage and renewables in ERCOT and CAISO. We will discuss overall strategy formulation, assessment, and benchmarking, as well as detailed examples of “a day in the life” of these systems to build understanding of the benefits of active SOC management and comprehensive market forecasting. We’ll bring to life how storage and hybrids realize and can exceed predicted asset valuation.

Speakers: Gary Dorris, PhD & Allison Weis, PhD

To capture the maximum project value of storage and hybrids in live operations, state-of-the-art adaptive forecasting of market conditions and continuous optimization of bid curves provide a competitive edge over traditional heuristic or fundamental trading strategies.

In this webinar, we will demonstrate the performance of Ascend’s proprietary algorithms across use cases for storage and renewables in ERCOT and CAISO. We will discuss overall strategy formulation, assessment, and benchmarking, as well as detailed examples of “a day in the life” of these systems to build understanding of the benefits of active SOC management and comprehensive market forecasting. We’ll bring to life how storage and hybrids realize and can exceed predicted asset valuation.

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Hedge Optimization & Risk Management for Energy Retailers | March 28, 2024

Online Webinar | 11:00AM MT

The need to maintain profitability amidst razor-thin margins and unpredictable market dynamics necessitates advanced hedging strategies for Energy Retailers.  Join Ascend Analytics as we share how to:

  • Evaluate the impact of extreme events on retail margins
  • Identify risk failure points such as counter-party credit risk, PFE, cash flow and revenue forecasting
  • Optimize hedge ratios and minimize downside risks effectively

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ERCOT Forecast 4.2 Preview: To wind, or not to wind

Online

ERCOT Forecast Preview

As solar buildout grows in ERCOT, critical grid conditions are increasingly becoming associated with sunset net load ramps. Whether wind generation falters or rises with the setting sun determines the magnitude of the daily ramp and is the key driver for ERCOT price dynamics. As a result, wind can either cause ‘superduck’ ramps or squash price volatility. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of Ascend’s latest ERCOT forecast and the outlook for market forwards, scarcity, surpluses, and clean energy economics.

As solar buildout grows in ERCOT, critical grid conditions are increasingly becoming associated with sunset net load ramps. Whether wind generation falters or rises with the setting sun determines the magnitude of the daily ramp and is the key driver for ERCOT price dynamics. As a result, wind can either cause ‘superduck’ ramps or squash price volatility. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of Ascend’s latest ERCOT forecast and the outlook for market forwards, scarcity, surpluses, and clean energy economics.

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Inflation Reduction Act: Fuel on the Fire

Online

Inflation Reduction Act: Fuel on the Fire

September 14, 2022 | Inflation Reduction Act: Fuel on the Fire

11am - 12pm MDT

Presenters: Brent Nelson, PhD & Gary Dorris, PhD

With rising gas prices, stranded asset risks for thermals, and growing renewable penetrations, renewables and storage were already the most economic new resources in most markets even before the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act improved their economic outlook. While Ascend already forecasted aggressive renewable buildouts, the extension of the Investment Tax Credit to standalone storage significantly improves the merchant viability in storage in marginal markets. This webinar will cover key developments since Ascend's last forecasts and estimated changes for upcoming releases.

With rising gas prices, stranded asset risks for thermals, and growing renewable penetrations, renewables and storage were already the most economic new resources in most markets even before the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act improved their economic outlook. While Ascend already forecasted aggressive renewable buildouts, the extension of the Investment Tax Credit to standalone storage significantly improves the merchant viability in storage in marginal markets. This webinar will cover key developments since Ascend's last forecasts and estimated changes for upcoming releases.

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New Frontiers in Contracting Renewables & Storage

Online

New Frontiers in Contracting Renewables & Storage

July 20, 2023 | New Frontiers in Contracting Renewables & Storage

11am - 12pm MT

Speakers: Scott N. Wrigglesworth, VP Operations & Strategy & Dr. Gary Dorris, CEO & President

While the energy transition has ushered in a wave of new opportunities, the focus on long-term PPAs has produced paltry returns relative to other options. These innovations have yielded a return on invested capital in half the time of a traditional PPA. This webinar introduces new approaches beyond PPAs to increase project value for renewables and storage:

  • Creating financeable tolls and hedge off-take structures for wind & solar plus storage
  • Assessing the relative risk vs returns of merchant assets, OTC block trades, and PPAs across ISOs
  • Determining Carbon-Free Energy (CFE) with the adoption of hourly RECs and value implications
  • Avoiding low revenue tail risk for merchant operations with risk transfer insurance
  • Measuring portfolio benefits of diversification of project off-take structures

11am - 12pm MT

Speakers: Scott N. Wrigglesworth, VP Operations & Strategy & Dr. Gary Dorris, CEO & President

While the energy transition has ushered in a wave of new opportunities, the focus on long-term PPAs has produced paltry returns relative to new off-take structures. These innovations have increased project value for renewables and storage yielding a return on invested capital in half the time of a traditional PPA.

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New Revenue Insurance to Remove Downside Risk of Merchant Storage | March 14, 2024

Online | 11:00AM - 12:00PM MT

Financial risks of merchant storage operations are stymying investment in storage development. This webinar provides real applications of Revenue Insurance to advance the financing of storage on a merchant basis.

Takeaways include:  

  • How Revenue Insurance provides additional value to tolling agreements  
  • Financial strategies applying Revenue Insurance to align with goals of risk mitigation and upside realization
  • Realizing debt financing with Revenue Insurance

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NYISO Forecast 4.1 Preview: The Butterfly Effect

Online

NYISO Forecast 4.1 Preview: The Butterfly Effect

March 29, 2023 | NYISO Forecast 4.1 Preview: The Butterfly Effect

Speakers: Gary Dorris, PhD & Brent Nelson, PhD

While New York aggressively pursues clean energy and moves to wean off of thermal generation,NYISO’s decision to adopt marginal ELCC accreditation has fundamentally changed storage economics in downstate New York, with significant subsidies and contracts needed to support utility-scale storage buildout. At the same time, elevated gas prices and Inflation Reduction Act tax credits have strengthened the outlook for clean energy resources. This webinar will discuss Ascend's latest market outlooks for NYISO after these developments.

Speakers: Gary Dorris, PhD & Brent Nelson, PhD

While New York aggressively pursues clean energy and moves to wean off of thermal generation,NYISO’s decision to adopt marginal ELCC accreditation has fundamentally changed storage economics in downstate New York, with significant subsidies and contracts needed to support utility-scale storage buildout. At the same time, elevated gas prices and Inflation Reduction Act tax credits have strengthened the outlook for clean energy resources. This webinar will discuss Ascend's latest market outlooks for NYISO after these developments

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Market Forecasting in an Era of Energy Transition: Not Your Boss's Forecast

Online

Market Forecasting in an Era of Energy Transition: Not Your Boss's Forecast

July 13, 2022 | Market Forecasting in an Era of Energy Transition: Not Your Boss's Forecast

11am - 12pm MT

Presenters: Brent Nelson, PhD & Gary Dorris, PhD

Electricity price dynamics are fundamentally changing with increasing renewable penetrations, and the days are over of average prices having great sway. Volatility is growing, negative prices are becoming increasingly frequent, geospatial patterns of supply and power prices are radically changing, and ancillary markets are transforming. Understanding the structural drivers of change and their links to market conditions is critical to making informed decisions. This presentation will cover what energy investors and developers need to understand about power markets as the energy transition progresses.

Electricity price dynamics are fundamentally changing with increasing renewable penetrations, and the days are over of average prices having great sway. Volatility is growing, negative prices are becoming increasingly frequent, geospatial patterns of supply and power prices are radically changing, and ancillary markets are transforming. Understanding the structural drivers of change and their links to market conditions is critical to making informed decisions. This presentation will cover what energy investors and developers need to understand about power markets as the energy transition progresses.

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Market Observations & Predictions for PPA's and M&A's

Online

Market Observations & Predictions for PPA's and M&A's

As interconnection queues surge with clean energy projects, the supply of clean energy projects will begin to exceed demand and put downward price pressure on PPA offtakes and early-stage M&A transactions. At the same time, supply chain normalization and resumed cost declines for material components will drive PPA prices to re-normalize after recent upticks. A need is also arising for increased sophistication in clean energy procurement as offtakers transition from annual offsets to 24/7 clean energy and emissions matching.

If you are a Corporate, Community Choice Aggregator, Utility, Investor, or Asset-Owner looking to understand the market outlook for clean energy procurement and M&A transactions, register for this webinar!

Speakers: Gary Dorris, PhD, Brent Nelson, PhD, Anthony Boukarim

As interconnection queues surge with clean energy projects, the supply of clean energy projects will begin to exceed demand and put downward price pressure on PPA offtakes and early-stage M&A transactions. At the same time, supply chain normalization and resumed cost declines for material components will drive PPA prices to re-normalize after recent upticks. A need is also arising for increased sophistication in clean energy procurement as offtakers transition from annual offsets to 24/7 clean energy and emissions matching.

If you are a Corporate, Community Choice Aggregator, Utility, Investor, or Asset-Owner looking to understand the market outlook for clean energy procurement and M&A transactions, register for this webinar!

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ISO-NE Forecast 4.1 Preview: It's the State Clean Energy Policies, Stupid!

Online

ISO-NE Forecast 4.1 Preview: It's the State Clean Energy Policies, Stupid!

May 10, 2023 | ISO-NE Forecast 4.1 Preview: It's the State Clean Energy Policies, Stupid!

11am - 12pm MDT

Speakers: Gary Dorris, PhD & Brent Nelson, PhD

ISO-NE can be a challenging place for developing clean energy and storage projects, with limited resource potential, limited easily developed land, dense load centers, and low intra-day price volatility. However, a reliable policy outlook for clean energy will drive a transition away from fossil fuels through subsidies, procurements, and mandates. In this webinar, we will discuss Ascend’s view on the ISO-NE power market and the economic opportunities for clean energy resources.

11am - 12pm MDT

Speakers: Gary Dorris, PhD & Brent Nelson, PhD

ISO-NE can be a challenging place for developing clean energy and storage projects, with limited resource potential, limited easily developed land, dense load centers, and low intra-day price volatility. However, a reliable policy outlook for clean energy will drive a transition away from fossil fuels through subsidies, procurements, and mandates. In this webinar, we will discuss Ascend’s view on the ISO-NE power market and the economic opportunities for clean energy resources.

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Reliability Planning: Embracing Renewable Energy in a Changing Climate

Online | 11:00am - 12:00pm MT

Reliability Planning: Embracing Sustainable Energy in a Changing Climate | December 7, 2023

For utilities, navigating the unpredictable nature of weather-related energy supply and demand amplifies the importance of a rigorous analysis of resource adequacy to uphold a dependable power grid. In this webinar, Ascend Analytics' resource planning experts Dr. Brandon Mauch and power reliability expert Zachary Brode dive into crucial topics including:

  • Role of temperature and correlated outages in resource adequacy assessment
  • Role of storage and duration implications for resource adequacy analysis
  • Electric Load Carrying Capability (ELCC) by resource type
  • Evaluating emerging technologies to support renewable integration

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PJM Release 4.2 Preview: An Exercise in Trust(ing the Market) | May 22, 2024

Online | 11am MT

Years of long system conditions, low capacity prices, and tightening environmental regulations have placed mounting economic pressure on PJM's thermal assets. Now, PJM is faced with the prospect of widespread thermal retirements amid delayed resource additions and the challenge of meeting significant demand growth from AI-driven data centers and electrification. This webinar will discuss Ascend's view on the dynamics of the PJM power market and the economic outlook for power generators and clean energy development as these driving forces reverberate across REC, capacity, and energy prices.

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Optimal Off-Take Strategies for Managing Renewables & Storage Portfolio Risk

Online

Optimal Off-Take Strategies for Managing Renewables & Storage Portfolio Risk

June 22, 2022 | Off-take Strategies for Managing Renewables & Storage Portfolio Risk

11am - 12pm MT

Presenters: Carlos Blanco, PhD & Scott Wrigglesworth

While the energy transition has ushered in a wave of new opportunities, the focus of attention on long-term PPA’s has been a relative race to the bottom, leaving significant upside for over-the-counter (OTC) hedges and tolls. This webinar will explore the relative risk and return of alternative contract mechanisms and how to shape a portfolio that leverages high market conditions for increased return on capital. Portfolio and Risk Management for the renewable and storage portfolio has significantly greater risk than thermal generation, creating a greater need to understand the principal components of risk and physical financial mechanisms to mitigate these risks.  In this webinar, Ascend’s portfolio risk management experts will discuss how to assemble an OTC contract structure and compare the relative risk and return through case studies addressing:

Creating financeable tolls & hedge off-take structures for wind & solar plus storage

Storage and TB4 trade values and merchant exposure

Incorporating Load and pursuit of 24 x7 carbon free

- 24x7 green wind + solar + storage

- 24x7 Clean Energy Score

- 12x24 Visualizations for Green Energy Profile ‘Christmas Tree’ Diagrams

- Financial and 24x7 Score Efficient Frontier Example

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PJM & MISO Market Forecast Update: A Series of Fortunate Events

Online

PJM & MISO Market Forecast Update: A Series of Fortunate Events

March 1, 2023| PJM & MISO Market Forecast Update: A Series of Fortunate Events

Speakers: Gary Dorris, PhD & Brent Nelson, PhD

Elevated gas prices, passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, and continued clean energy demand from policy and ESG goals have strengthened the outlook for clean energy and clean capacity resources in PJM and MISO. Rapid renewable growth will put severe economic pressure on coal in the region, while the standalone storage ITC will increasingly make storage the clear new capacity resource to meet load growth.This webinar will discuss Ascend's latest market outlooks for PJM andMISO as this transition progresses.

Speakers: Gary Dorris, PhD & Brent Nelson, PhD

Elevated gas prices, passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, and continued clean energy demand from policy and ESG goals have strengthened the outlook for clean energy and clean capacity resources in PJM and MISO. Rapid renewable growth will put severe economic pressure on coal in the region, while the standalone storage ITC will increasingly make storage the clear new capacity resource to meet load growth. In this webinar, we will discuss Ascend's latest market outlooks for PJM and MISO as this transition progresses.

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PJM/MISO Market Forecast Preview: The Need for a Security Blanket

Online

Time: 11am - 12pm MT

Speakers: Dr. Brent Nelson & Dr. Gary Dorris

March 2nd, 2022 | PJM/MISO Market Forecast Preview: The Need for a Security Blanket

PJM and MISO both currently have low renewable penetrations, but interconnection queues indicate that change is coming with a surge of incoming renewables that will place severe economic pressure on inflexible thermal generation, particularly coal. Accelerating demand for clean energy will support PPA offtake contracts and drive increased REC prices for renewable generation. However, offtake contracts will be needed for standalone storage in both markets until the 2030s as renewable resources supplant thermal generation, driving price volatility and capacity prices upward. This webinar will discuss Ascend's market outlooks for PJM and MISO as this transition progresses.

PJM and MISO both have low renewable penetrations but interconnection queues indicate that change is coming, with a surge of incoming renewables that will place severe economic pressure on inflexible thermal generation, particularly coal.

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Renewable and Storage Procurement in CA: Year in Review and Looking Ahead

Online

Time: 11.00am - 12:15pm MT

Speakers: David Millar & Anthony Boukarim

February 17th, 2022 | Renewable and Storage Procurement in CA: Year in Review and Looking Ahead

2021 was a big year for renewable and storage procurement in California. Community Choice Aggregators continued to take the lead in seeking power purchase agreements for renewable energy and battery storage in CAISO, driven by internal goals for annual and 24-7 clean energy as well as state mandates following the Mid-Term Reliability (MTR) Order. In this webinar, Ascend's clean energy procurement experts will discuss their take aways from 2021 including:

  • What is the effect of inflation and supply chain bottlenecks on PPA prices?
  • What goes into an offer valuation (price vs value and qualitative assessment)?
  • What kinds of projects (and where) are winning in the market?
  • How is long-duration storage faring as a new product?
  • How will California utilities fulfill the 'baseload' clean energy requirements of the MTR?
  • Where is the market going in 2022 and beyond?

2021 was a big year for renewable and storage procurement in California. Community Choice Aggregator continued to take the lead in seeking power purchase agreements for renewable energy and battery storage in CAISO, driven by internal goals for annual and 24-7 clean energy as well as state mandates following the Mid-Term Reliability (MTR) Order. In this webinar, Ascend's clean energy procurement experts will discuss their take aways from 2021.

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SPP Forecast 4.1 Update: Ready for Offtake/Takeoff

Online | 11:00AM - 12:00PM MT

With low prices, high wind penetration, and an incoming surge of solar, SPP is well-situated to support offtake demand for clean energy. As load grows with electrification, data centers, and green hydrogen production the need for new capacity will become more acute, with a rapidly rising value for capacity through the end of the decade. In this webinar, we will discuss Ascend Analytics’ outlook on the SPP power market, identifying key dynamics and opportunities for renewables and storage.

11:00AM - 12:00PM MT

Speakers: Dr. Brent Nelson & Dr. Gary Dorris

With low prices, high wind penetration, and an incoming surge of solar, SPP is well-situated to support offtake demand for clean energy. As load grows with electrification, data centers, and green hydrogen production the need for new capacity will become more acute, with a rapidly rising value for capacity through the end of the decade. In this webinar, we will discuss Ascend Analytics’ outlook on the SPP power market, identifying key dynamics and opportunities for renewables and storage.

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Portfolio Management to Optimize Value & Sustainability with Less Risk | January 25, 2024

Online | 11:00AM - 12:00PM MT

Key Takeaways Include:

  • Optimize the risk-return tradeoff of portfolios that include merchant generation, renewables, storage, load, offtake agreements, and hedges
  • Design a portfolio that meets budget under extreme weather and commodity price movements
  • Select meaningful risk metrics for decision-making and compliance
  • Create dashboards that support active portfolio management
  • Ensure portfolios capture the value of 24x7 carbon-free and hourly nodal emissions

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Ascend Power Market Forecasts Series: Session 1 | Market Forecasting in an Era of Energy Transition: Critical Issues and Structural Drivers

Online | 10:00am - 11:00am MT

Energy markets are rapidly changing. Renewables and storage deployment across the US are disrupting traditional approaches to fundamental price forecasting, driving the need for new approaches and fresh insights.

The first session, Marketing forecasting in an era of energy transition: critical issues and structural drivers, will cover the building blocks and philosophy of Ascend's forecasting approach.

The presenters will discuss how Ascend power market forecasts account for emerging market dynamics associated with renewable penetration, while remaining firmly grounded in long-run economic equilibrium.This approach ensures that the models are calibrated to historical market conditions while not being overly anchored to historical, present, or near-future price behavior.

In the second session of the Ascend Market ForecastWebinar Series, the presenters will discuss Ascend's current market outlooks, providing analytical insights into the key drivers for spot prices, volatility, ancillary and capacity prices for major ISOs.

Ascend market intelligence and forecasts are used by leading utilities, renewable project and battery storage developers, investors and financiers to support finance decisions for renewables and battery storage projects, long term resource plans under uncertainty and portfolio management decisions. Ascend’s Market Forecasts have been used to support over $2.2billion of renewable and storage project financings.

Join us as we present our forecast methodology and key insights for energy, capacity and ancillary service markets in major ISOs.

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Reliability Planning for a Low Carbon Future

Online

Reliability Planning for a Low Carbon Future

July 27, 2022 | Reliability Planning for a Low Carbon Future

11am - 12pm MT

Presenters: Brandon Mauch, PhD, David Millar & Ben Fitch-Fleischmann, PhD

As the US charts a path towards a carbon-free future and utilities are pushed to meet aggressive clean energy goals, meeting this challenge requires building large amounts of wind, solar and energy storage. This large growth in highly variable weather-driven power supply raises the stakes for rigorous analysis of resource adequacy to ensure a reliable power system. In this webinar, Ascend's resource planning experts will discuss:

  • Risks of load shortfalls in today’s systems
  • Model requirements for best practices in resource adequacy analysis
  • Resource adequacy metrics and their use in planning
  • ELCC analysis of weather-driven and energy limited resources

As the US charts a path towards a carbon-free future and utilities are pushed to meet aggressive clean energy goals, meeting this challenge requires building large amounts of wind, solar and energy storage. This large growth in highly variable weather-driven power supply raises the stakes for rigorous analysis of resource adequacy to ensure a reliable power system. In this webinar, Ascend's resource planning experts will discuss:

  • Risks of load shortfalls in today's systems
  • Model requirements for best practices in resource adequacy analysis
  • Resource adequacy metrics and their use in planning
  • ELCC analysis of weather-driven and energy limited resources

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Ascend Analytics Renewables & Storage Workshop | June 6-7, 2024

Online | 10:00am - 2:00pm MT

The combination of increasing electric demand, thermal retirements, and initiatives for decarbonization from both public and private sectors has created unprecedented need for renewables and storage. This workshop offers practical strategies associated with opportunity identification, siting, valuation, power marketing for 24x7 green, and operations that enable developers of Battery Energy Storage Systems and Renewables projects to effectively compete and capitalize on these driving forces.

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Next Generation Battery Storage Revenue Modeling & Asset Valuation | May 9, 2024

Online Webinar | 11:00AM MT

BatterySIMM launches new capabilities that enable customers to shorten the cycle time between optimizing asset configurations and generating revenue forecasts that leading banks trust.

New Feature Highlights:

  • Model up to 10 battery system configurations in the same study
  • Auto-populate market participation strategies with one click to produce Ascend-trusted valuations
  • Leverage enhanced data validation to fast-track delivery and improve efficiency

Register for this webinar to learn how to build battery revenue forecasts effortlessly with BatterySIMM.

BatterySIMM launches new capabilities that enable customers to shorten the cycle time between optimizing asset configurations and generating revenue forecasts that leading banks trust.

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Storage Bid Optimization: Maximizing Value & Emissions Reductions | February 8, 2024

Online | 11:00AM - 12:00PM MT

The value creation of storage now flows across energy, ancillary services, and emissions. Constructing asset and nodal-specificISO bidding strategies to maximize risk-adjusted returns also requires creating the levers to define and construct AI driven bidding, including:

  • Risk management frameworks for storage operations
  • Benchmarking bidding performance
  • Quantifying & optimizing for carbon emission reductions using locational hourly emission values
  • New AI techniques to incorporate market fundamentals, predict market conditions and realize value

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ERCOT Release 5.1 Preview: I Can't Believe it's not a Capacity Market | Online July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

ERCOT is experiencing quickly rising demand, but ERCOT’s electrical isolation from the rest of the country makes it more susceptible to volatility and scarcity conditions that result from a delicate supply and demand balance.

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Carbon Accounting Methods and Procurement Strategies for Cost-Efficient Decarbonization | Online August 22, 2024

August 22, 2024

Meeting clean energy targets has set in motion an industry move from annual to hourly RECs and emissionality. The transition to hourly analysis of clean power poses both significant opportunity and risks as we make irreversible investment decisions today.

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Ascend Summit 2024 | In Person: September 30 - October 2, 2024 | Boulder, Colorado

September 30, 2024

September 30 - October 2, 2024

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ERCOT Release 5.1 Preview: I Can't Believe it's not a Capacity Market | Online July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

ERCOT is experiencing quickly rising demand, but ERCOT’s electrical isolation from the rest of the country makes it more susceptible to volatility and scarcity conditions that result from a delicate supply and demand balance. While identifying as an energy-only market, ERCOT has implemented a variety of capacity revenue mechanisms to incentivize new generators, with critical conditions and revenues shifting toward longer duration resources. This webinar will discuss Ascend's view of ERCOT's evolving market fundamentals and the implications on prices for energy, ancillaries, and the ‘not a capacity market.

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Carbon Accounting Methods and Procurement Strategies for Cost-Efficient Decarbonization | Online August 22, 2024

August 22, 2024

Meeting clean energy targets has set in motion an industry move from annual to hourly RECs and emissionality. The transition to hourly analysis of clean power poses both significant opportunity and risks as we make irreversible investment decisions today.

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Ascend Summit 2024 | In Person: September 30 - October 2, 2024 | Boulder, Colorado

September 30, 2024

September 30 - October 2, 2024

The Ascend Summit brings together prominent electric power experts to offer new perspectives on wholesale electricity markets, resource planning, green energy purchasing, battery storage, and merchant portfolio management.

Ascend Analytics Renewables & Storage Workshop | June 6-7, 2024

Online | 10:00am - 2:00pm MT

June 6, 2024

PJM Release 4.2 Preview: An Exercise in Trust(ing the Market) | May 22, 2024

Online | 11am MT

May 22, 2024

Next Generation Battery Storage Revenue Modeling & Asset Valuation | May 9, 2024

Online Webinar | 11:00AM MT

May 9, 2024

CAISO Forecast 5.1 Preview: The Calm Before the Storm | April 30, 2024

Online Webinar | 11:00AM MT

April 30, 2024

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