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PowerFlexTM

PowerFlexTM helps grid operators and planners understand the need for flexible capacity based on the relationship between renewables and load under realistic conditions.

 

PowerFlexTM calculates flexible resource requirements as a function of renewable generation and spatial delivery for Balancing Authorities with growing renewable energy penetration.  Using empirical time-series data, PowerFlexTM captures key relationships between weather, renewables, and load to realistically model system dynamics on a minutely time scale.

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Features of PowerFlexTM

Conforms to the unique needs of each Balancing Authority with adaptable supply mixes and reliability standards inputs

Captures the nuanced relationship between renewable volatility and flexible generation

Advanced simulation of minutely forecasted operations over various supply portfolios and geographic distributions

Provides robust reporting with statistics on all aspects of flexible generation response

Detailed, visual representations of disruptions to load, net-load, net-load following, and the regulation

Cost-based optimization of regulation resources to maintain grid frequency

PowerFlexTM Modeling Features

PowerFlexTM offers superior modeling of flexible resource requirements using scenario and cost-based analysis.

PowerFlexTM is unique in its ability to recognize the potential for forecast error inherent in reliability planning.  It uses both perfect-foresight and realistic imperfect-foresight to help Balancing Authorities with flexible resource planning.

 

PowerFlexTM incorporates all details involved in flexible resource planning, including spatial diversity and the minutely production of utility solar, wind and distributed generation photovoltaics.

PowerFlexTM is unique in its ability to recognize the potential for forecast error inherent in reliability planning.  It uses both perfect-foresight and realistic imperfect-foresight to help Balancing Authorities with flexible resource planning.

 

PowerFlexTM incorporates all details involved in flexible resource planning, including spatial diversity and the minutely production of utility solar, wind and distributed generation photovoltaics.

Better models. Better decisions.

PowerFlexTM Applications

PowerFlexTM has been applied by over a half a dozen balancing authorities to determine flexible resource requirements to maintain system stability.  Public cases include:

2015 Resource Plan

2016 Resource Plan

2018 Regulatory Filing

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".

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