Ascend Releases SPP Forecast 4.2, Pointing to the Value of Flexible Energy Storage

May 6, 2024



Ascend Analytics Market Intelligence (AscendMI) announces its 4.2 release of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Market Report and Price Forecast.  

Accelerating peak load growth, combined with high renewable penetration, continued to fuel high price volatility via large on/off peak price spreads and increased net load ramps. At the same time, implied heat rates are rising as power forwards remain high while gas prices decline, signaling further concern about scarcity in the market. As developers, utilities, and financiers pursue the energy transition, the SPP 4.2 Market Report explores how these changes impact resource outlooks and opportunities.  

Topics Covered:

  • Economics and supply-side market trends that drive mean price evolution and price volatility.
  • The impact of renewable deployments, baseload retirements, battery system costs, and market entry barriers on growing price volatility.  
  • Revenue outlooks and opportunities for clean energy generation and flexible assets.  
  • Key factors influencing the growth and persistence of energy volatility in SPP and how trends impacting other U.S. regions may arise in SPP.  

AscendMI™ (Ascend Market Intelligence) delivers proprietary power market forecasts that reflect the new market dynamics driving the energy transition. AscendMI™ provides 20+ year forecasts for day-ahead and real-time power prices for all major trading hubs and market nodes including the WECC, SERC and Western Europe. In addition, AscendMI provides forecasts for ancillary services prices, capacity prices, and REC prices, as well as nodal basis forecasts for every major market in the United States. AscendMI integrates into Ascend’s BatterySIMM and PowerSIMM platforms, enabling users to incorporate dynamic market forecasting into their energy portfolio decision-making processes.  

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