PowerSIMM™
Planner

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PowerSIMMPlanner provides stochastic/scenario-based analysis of long-term resource planning, regulatory & rate impacts, environmental compliance, loss-of-load probability, and other planning studies.

Decision analysis from the intermediate term to the next 30 years and beyond

A Complete Analytics Platform

PowerSIMM™ Planner provides a complete analytics platform for power planning, capacity expansion, and reliability analysis. By incorporating "meaningful" uncertainty, PowerSIMM™ determines least cost and least risk supply portfolios. The PowerSIMMframework moves planning forward to capture the new dynamics of resource selection: variability in generation from weather, highly volatile hourly and sub-hourly prices, and concern about greenhouse gas emissions.
Better models make better decisions

Making better models requires the details right to accurately represent the physical and financial dynamics of energy supply. PowerSIMM™ Planner allows energy companies to model revenue requirements, subject to physical & regulatory constraints, optimize expansion plans, and compare the financial impacts associated with multiple planning options.

  • Key Benefits of PowerSIMM™ Planner
Capacity expansion planning
Economic reliability planning
Revenue requirements & financial analysis
Cost versus risk tradeoff resource analysis
Environmental sensitive resource planning
Assessment of renewable energy technologies
Determines risk reduction value of DSM and renewables

Features of PowerSIMM™ Planner

Develops optimal least cost, least risk resource selections
Provides chronological dispatch at hourly granularity over the study horizon
Models transmission limits and operational constraints
Captures the full value of the portfolio, especially flexible generation, renewables and ancillary services
Ranks resource plans by costs, risks and other metrics for detailed study
Provides robust budget and cash flow reporting for decision makers
Advanced simulation of weather, load, spot and forward market prices
Integrates the entire resource portfolio including DSM, EE, DG
Provides support for rate case, regulatory, customer and environmental analysis

Analytic Features

PowerSIMM™ Planner supports integrated resource planning (IRP) with automated resource selection by rank order.  Dynamic simulations representing realistic future states generate least cost, least risk plans.

PowerSIMM™ Planner supports integrated resource planning (IRP) with automated resource selection by rank order.  Dynamic simulations representing realistic future states generate least cost, least risk plans.

PowerSIMM™ Planner more accurately represents generation dispatch by incorporating hourly historical weather-load-price data into the simulation analytics.

Applications

Optimally size battery configurations
Applies to batteries that are "in-front" or "behind" the fence
Co-optimizes between battery storage and
solar or wind production
Continuous performance and profitability monitoring combined with predictive analytics to enhance battery economics over time
Provides profit enhancing strategies for battery operations and ISO bidding between energy and ancillary services

Why Choose Ascend Analytics?

Rapid Deployment

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.

Hosting Solutions

Ascend offers a complete hosted solution providing software as a service (SaaS) with dedicated hardware, expansive data, and fully software support.

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".