EnDimensions Proudly Sponsors APEx 2016, International Gathering of Energy Market Operators


Medellin, Colombia, October 12, 2016

EnDimensions participated as an active sponsor of the annual convention of the Association of Power Exchanges (APEx), an international organization of energy market operators from around the world. Hosted by the Colombian market operator  XM Compañía de Expertos en Mercados S.A. E.S.P, the 2016 APEx Conference held in Medellin, Colombia provided an opportunity for senior representatives from power markets around the world to share experiences, discuss common issues and compare notes.

PJM CEO Andy Ott’s keynote address introduced a number of issues including integration of distributed and renewable energy resources and the impact of distribution-level microgrids that became common threads of discussion among many presenters and attendees.  These issues create challenges as ISOs and RTOs look to develop new market mechanisms to reduce carbon dioxide, foster reliability and encourage investment while managing an exponential increase in market complexity and data volume. More products, more market participants and tight real-time market intervals are inexorably increasing the amount of data that must be processed to keep the market running.  These factors have the potential to create a perfect storm that stresses operational and back office systems to their limits.

Markets outside of Europe and North America are confronted with many of the same issues, as a number of existing and prospective energy markets see double-digit near-term growth in energy demand.  Expanding economies and growing per-capita power utilization fuel the need and determination to innovate in response to the local and global demands of the 21st century. Many common themes apply but each market is also unique in some aspects.

Ivanova Ancheta, Director of Guatemala’s National Commission of Energy, spoke of the long, successful effort to meld six Central American power systems together to forge an international energy market. Sixteen years after signing a regional treaty framework, the Regional Energy Market began full operations in 2013. Cecilia Maya, CFO of Colombia’s XM, provided an overview of XM’s progress in managing credit risk to avoid cascading financial failures  during El Nino events, when sustained drought reduces hydroelectric output and can cause elevated power prices over long periods of time. During such events, the failure of one organization to pay its obligations can cause cascading failure as unpaid creditors also founder, resulting in a widespread crisis. The Colombian market has built-in mechanisms to limit the financial risk of each participant and a funding mechanism to mitigate the impact of high energy prices.

Both internationally and in the U.S., ISOs and RTOs are looking ahead to create vibrant markets that encourage investment in environmentally friendly technologies, enhance reliability and reduce emissions by leveraging distributed generation, demand response and microgrids. In so doing they look to also provide cost reduction and long term value to consumers. As part of that effort, ISOs and RTOs must evaluate whether their existing software and hardware infrastructure will be able to support growing and changing markets over the next five to ten years. EnDimensions LLC is working hand-in-hand with market operators to support this transition. With innovative products geared specifically for market operators, EnDimensions provides the next generation of large scale back-office management systems for post-processing, settlements, billing, reporting and analytics to reduce costs and keep our power markets humming for years to come.

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Cindy Hays




The EIM will launch the most significant geographical expansion of the Western energy markets since the launch of CAISO back in ’97

The California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market is Closer Than You Think!
With the CAISO FERC 764 market changes now in the rearview mirror, we can all draw a deep breath and look forward to the next big thing: the CAISO Energy Imbalance Market, aka the EIM. The EIM will launch the most significant geographical expansion of the Western energy markets since the launch of CAISO back in ’97.
Cal ISO looks to gain a more flexible portfolio of real time energy resources to augment the increasingly diverse, and increasingly renewable, resources within the state. External entities such as inaugural EIM participant PacifiCorp hope to gain added flexibility as well, including the ability to buy and sell energy in the real time energy markets and across area boundaries in a much more dynamic manner than in the past. The idea is that by increasing the overall fleet of available resources to (ideally) include much of the Western Interconnect, regional variations in load and generation will tend to cancel out across the area, keeping prices down and enhancing reliability. Many of the stakeholders will be watching this market launch very closely.
At EnDimensions, we have been tracking the evolution of the market structures and tariff provisions very closely. Having met the challenges of the FERC 764 changes with timely revisions to our EnSuite settlement and analytic products, we are now tooling up for a smooth transition to EIM! The EIM market will bring new requirements for scheduling and settlements, including new charges and changes to existing charges that our shadow settlement and analytics modules will respond to with aplomb. In addition, new EIM participants will find that the EnSuite Settlements products, together with expertise of our market experts, will provide for a clean and easy transition for those wishing to enter the market.

Modularity and Configurability Make for a Smooth FERC 764 Transition

As the driving force behind more than 40% of the energy transacted in the California ISO Markets, it was critical to PG&E to maintain the continuity and availability of their settlement and market analytic software through the transition to the FERC-Mandated Fifteen Minute market, or FMM. Fortunately, EnSuite by EnDimensions was built from the ground up with just such customers in mind.  EnSuite’s modular, configuration-driven design meant that the transition from 10-minute to 5-minute settlement intervals, the launch of six new charge codes and the revamp of CAISO’s market APIs was handled smoothly and without a major code redesign.

The transition was completed without a service outage and with minimal disruption to normal business processes. Shadow calculations for the new charge codes were implemented with an updated configuration pack, which implemented shadow calculations for the new charge codes and reconfigured the settlement interval from ten to five minutes.  APIs were updated similarly, with interfaces and data templates modified without a service interruption, while preserving backward compatibility for legacy data.

With the close of the FERC 764 upgrades, we now look forward to another smooth upgrade path in support of the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), slated to launch in Fall of 2014. By planning and building for availability, flexibility and configurability, EnDimensions has created a product suite that handles 21st century energy markets in stride!

California ISO 2013 Stakeholder Symposium

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California ISO 2013 Stakeholder Symposium Starts Wednesday!

Seems like only yesterday we were closing out the CAISO 2012 Symposium, and looking ahead to a year filled with change.  We were not disappointed.  California launched its greenhouse gas cap-and-trade market this year, renewable energy resources continued their steady build-out, generators that provide frequency control were suddenly getting paid for “mileage” and we are up to our elbows in the FERC 764 market upgrades.  Not coincidentally, seeing a Tesla Model S on the road in the Bay Area became too common to mention, as Tesla was the best selling luxury car in the area,   And on that note, let’s look forward into 2014 and speculate on what may be generating the buzz at CAISO Symposium 2013.

FERC 764.

The FERC 764 Market changes are scheduled to commence market trials in February 2014, a major change that will add a 15 minute market sandwiched between the Day Ahead and Real Time markets currently in operation.  CAISO projects a number of benefits from this change, including enhanced ability to manage imports of renewable energy and better alignment of pricing from day ahead through real time at the interties.

Renewable Energy

Some 2000 MW of new renewable energy resources entered commercial operation in 2012, with close to 3000 MW predicted for 2013.  This will continue to put pressure on flexible generating units to provide critical reliability services into the future, but we at EnDimensions are somewhat chastened in that the amount of new renewable generation in California has exceeded our expectations by about 30%.  The FERC 764 changes will help significantly to support imports of renewable energy but for system reliability, the Next Big Thing is EIM.

Energy Imbalance Market (EIM)

If all goes as planned, CAISO will launch the new Energy Imbalance Market in the Fall of 2014.  The EIM is a real time energy market that will expand the regional scope of the CAISO real time market to allow regions that opt-in to participate in a real time energy market.  Currently the EIM is a two-party deal between CAISO and PacifiCorp, but we expect to see participation across the Western interconnect if the initial launch is successful.  This market should work together with FERC 764 to reduce or eliminate barriers to pooling energy and reserves across the West, potentially aiding in renewable energy integration and reducing costs for all players.  Of course these changes will keep market participants on their toes to accommodate updates in policy, functionality and settlements.

Then of course there are initiatives afoot to encourage more investment in storage, better utilization of DR resources and other interesting topics to follow.  Come by and visit our booth at the symposium for a bit of chocolate and conversation!  Of course we are proud of our EnSuite settlements and analytics packages, so don’t be surprised if we show those off a bit as well.  See you on Wednesday!

EnDimensions Experts to Teach FERC EQR Redesign EUCI Course, June 12-13, 2013, St. Louis, MO

FERC EQR Redesign

EnDimensions experts will conduct a two-day training course hosted by EUCI in St. Louis, MO, June 12-13, 2013.

This program will address the proposed FERC EQR redesign — FERC Orders 768 and 770 — currently targeted to go live in Q3, 2013 based on the latest information from FERC.

Topics will include:

  • Regulatory Changes with FERC Orders 768 and 770
  • Public Power Applicability
  • New Data Requirements with FERC Orders 768 and 770
  • It Infrastructure and Software Requirements
  • ISO Role in Facilitating FERC EQR Filing

The course will provide perspectives on the new requirement that span IT, legal, software, public power, and ISO implementation measures.

For more information and to register for this course, please visit EUCI webpage.

Introducing EnSuite® FERC EQR Filer

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Is Your Company an Existing or New FERC EQR Filer? 
Are You Ready for the Informational and Technological Changes Mandated by FERC Orders 768 and 770?
EnDimensions Has a Solution!
EnSuite® FERC EQR Filer trial version will be available free of charge to EQR filers for the first filing deadline,due October 31st, 2013.  For more information or to request a trial version, please contact us at: support@endimensions.com

EnDimensions is pleased to announce the FERC EQR Filer, a new module of EnSuite® that provides the framework and mechanism for automatically submitting EQR reports to FERC, in compliance with the new requirements of FERC Orders 768 and 770. Together with the EnSuite® Reporting Module, it provides an end-to-end EQR solution from data collection and report preparation to the actual filing.

To read more about this module, please visit the Solutions section of our website.

EnDimensions Solutions Team

EnDimensions Energy Settlement Experts to Speak at EUCI Conference, February 20-21, 2013, Dallas, TX


EnDimensions will sponsor and exhibit at Improving Settlement Processes for Organized Markets, a two-day conference hosted by EUCI in Dallas, TX, February 20-21, 2013.

EnDimensions’ Chief Architect Valentin Petrov and Thomas Girlich, Manager of CAISO Settlements at PG&E, will provide insights and experience on:

Big Data Impacts of Settlement Requirements on Enterprise IT Systems

  • Challenges and software system requirements in maturing energy markets
  • Revamping technology to enhance system business requirements and performance
  • Managing settlement lifecycle-induced system adjustments and downstream impacts on IT
  • Coordinating reporting, data retention, and other dimensions with compliance

Conference Overview:

As RTO/ISO markets have matured in recent years and trading volumes have increased, market participants and the system operators themselves have encountered new challenges in the area of market settlements. These include the need to improve data management, to maximize accuracy so as to avoid the need for costly resettlement to promote accelerated settlements, to streamline business processes, to improve the market’s flexibility and to accommodate new challenges related to the proliferation of bidding increments.

This conference moves beyond simply cataloging these challenges and considers real-world solutions currently being employed to manage them and improve market efficiency and reliability. It provides a comprehensive overview of how ISOs and RTOs across the U.S. are overcoming settlement challenges and the lessons they have learned in the process. Additionally, the conference offers insights into how market participants are flexing their own systems to maximize efficiency and profits.

For more information and to register for this confrence, please visit EUCI webpage.

Three “V”s of Big Data – Volume, Velocity, Variability

distributechIf your attended Distributech in San Diego this year, you couldn’t miss the huge Oracle banner draped across the Marriott hotel next to the convention center at Distributech 2012 his year.  Add to this a small Oracle city on the vendor floor, and it is clear that the major vendors see continuing heavy growth in the database applications for energy utilities.

But the buzz in Big Data is not about Oracle, or IBP or SAP.  A whole raft of upstarts are appearing, seemingly out of nowhere, offering to spin huge amounts of loosely structured data into operational and marketing gold.  Most of the new folks are built on one flavor or another of Hadoop, touting the NoSQL, massivlely parallel approach to grinding through large data sets. But does a migration to NoSQL database architecture make sense in a utility context?

Today’s relational databases running on modern hardware are extraordinarily capable, tried-and-true platforms.  They do what they were designed to do very well, and a well-designed RDB installation will handle all the terabytes you can throw at it.  Notice I said well-designed.  Additionally, for those already managing large datasets, staging on a relational database means there is no re-training overhead and less technical risk involved in launching new infrastructure.

But even the major RDB players are offering NoSQL products these days, so if the Big in Big Data isn’t just data volume, what is it, and when do you need it?  Consider the three “V”s of Big Data – Volume, Velocity and Variability.  If you are looking for an ad hoc way to combine loosely-structured data from a range of disparate sources in order to pick off the best candidates for an energy efficiency incentive program, the variability of data is high, both in structure and content.  If you are monitoring system conditions and real time data streams to send out energy alerts to customer smartphones, the velocity is high. These are natural applications for NoSQL infrastructure.

On the other hand, if the data set is large but structured. as in energy market and settlement data, operational or even meter data, then a well-designed relational database is the better solution.  An RDB is more well-suited to the types of financial analytics, reporting and other functions that this type of data supports, and because the structure is consistent, these operations can be optimized to provide excellent performance.  Layer on a configurable computational engine and you have a decision support system that can run a wide range of sophisticated analysis with responsive performance over huge data sets, while maintaining full SOX auditability and reproducibility.  As with so many things, it’s a matter of choosing the technology that is appropriate for the task.

Introducing EnSuite® Market Intelligence Platform

We are pleased to announce the release of EnDimensions new generation software solution introducing:

EnSuite® Market Intelligence Platform – an advanced analytical, highly customizable and configurable, low maintenance and cost-effective solution for a wide range of data-intensive energy applications.

These are the areas where EnSuite® robust features can enhance the efficiency of data manipulations and minimize the overall costs to your organization:

  • Resource Management
  • Merchant Generation
  • Market Planning
  • Energy Trading
  • Operations and Dispatch
  • Settlements and Billing
  • Risk  Management
  • Finance and Accruals
  • Management and Executive
  • Regulatory and Compliance

Stop by EnDimensions exhibition booth at the California ISO Stakeholder Symposium held on September 5-6th in Sacramento Convention Center to see the life demonstration of our product.

We look forward to see you in person at the Symposium and to hear from you in the future.

EnDimensions Solutions Team

EnDimensions Speaks at EUCI Conference, Jan.19th, 2012

FERC EQR Redesign:
Requirements and Responsibilities

Valentine Petrov, Senior Principal Consultant speaks at EUCI Web conference on January 19, 2012.

Agenda Overview:

  • Overview of the current filing process
  • Upcoming FERC EQR filing changes
  • Organizational and workflow changes to support the new filing process
  • Review of infrastructural and software changes needed to support new filing process

Who Should Attend:

  • Energy traders
  • Utility financial and compliance personnel
  • Legal department
  • IT

For more information and to register for this web conference, please visit EUCI webpage.