Ascend provides end-to-end support for the energy procurement process, including capturing the value of renewables and storage for the system dynamics of tomorrow. Utilities, retailers, and Community Choice Aggregators turn to Ascend Analytics to implement efficient RFO/RFP processes that support intelligent and defendable risk-based decisions on behalf of their customers.
Signing PPA contracts can be a risky engagement, locking in purchase obligations for extended time periods. While perfect foresight remains impossible, Ascend's valuation approach assesses and mitigates the primary risks:
Ascend's forecasting approach accounts for emerging market dynamics associated with renewable penetration while remaining firmly grounded in long-run economic equilibrium. This approach prevents being overly anchored to historical price behavior while also not overweighing the present or the near-term future.
Ascend's models simulate nodal prices and their correlation with weather and renewable output, thus accounting for price depression at geographic locations with high renewable penetrations. This approach avoids overvaluing resources at saturated locations.
Ascend's stochastic modeling accounts for the hourly, daily, seasonal, and annual variation in renewable generation profiles, thus providing a valuation under realistic conditions rather than averaged ones. This approach allows quantifying variation in revenues, market exposure, loss of load, carbon impacts, and other metrics affected by the variable output from renewables.
Because Ascend has "out-of-the-box analytics", combined with extensive market and fundamental system data, we can rapidly deploy our software in weeks instead of months.
Our dedicated deployment team will provide a turn-key-solution, minimizing impacts to your staff.
Ascend offers a complete hosted solution providing software as a service (SaaS) with dedicated hardware, expansive data, and full software support.
We provide expert support to guide customers through enhanced decision analysis with the practical insights of having "been there and done that". Our expertise ranges from basic application support to enhancing decision analysis with risk to expert testimony and reports. Our staff can also augment your team as "peaking resources".