Our utility-focussed, web-based Energy Trading System (ETS) covers all aspects of the Southern African energy trading environment.
It enables utilities to plan and decide on their self-generation vs. purchase (trade) decisions, optimise shorter term trades, and report on actual performance. The system consists of a number of software modules, each fulfilling a particular energy trading related requirement. Modules seamlessly integrate with one another to deliver a complete trading solution. The modular design of the system allows the flexibility to start off with a sub-set of the modules, and expand the system functionality in a phased approach.
ETS modules are a 100% match for the Southern African regional trading requirements, unlike other solutions where extensive customisation would be required. The time taken to implement our solution is therefore relatively short.
Core modules provide the core functionality to schedule and settle various supply option contracts.
The Application & User Management module provides the framework to integrate all other modules into a complete unit. It also implements a role-based access control mechanism which allows the system administrator to control the access levels of individual users at a low level by assigning permissions to roles and then associating one or more roles with a user. Configuration is done via a front-end and can easily be implemented based on the specific requirements of the system owner.
The Energy Scheduling module stores and distributes all energy schedules related to the various contracts. This includes Day-ahead Schedules (and confirmation of schedules), On-the-day Schedules and Reconciled Schedules. A full audit trail is available of all changes made to schedules, making it ideally suited to serve as the official data required for Energy Settlements.
The Energy Settlement module combines metering and schedule data from the Energy Scheduling module and applies the agreed settlement rules to split the measured energy between the various contracts to ensure the total volume of energy is accounted for.
The Financial Settlement module applies the contract rules to the energy settlement results to produce bills or verification (shadow) bills. Contract settlement rules can be as simple as applying a time-of-use tariff, or very involved, applying reliability of supply criteria, penalties for under/over scheduling, penalties for under/over delivery or other customised contract rules.
Supplementary modules deliver advanced planning and reporting capabilities.
The Annual Planning module firstly provides an hourly demand forecast and then optimises all available supply options to meet the forecasted hourly demand. It has the potential to achieve considerable savings. Key inputs to produce an optimised supply plan and budget are historic demand profiles, own generation supply options, available bilateral contract options, the applicable TOU definition, and cost of energy shortfall.
The Operational Planning module aims to find the most cost-effective solution to meet the forecasted demand by taking all supply options and their specific constraints into consideration. Supply options include own generation, bilateral contracts, and the SAPP DAM.
The Meter Data Integration module maintains a subset of the utility’s metering data as required by the trading system. This is done according to the specific business requirements related to the day-to-day operations, and periodic energy and financial settlement activities.
The Operational Reporting module automates the extraction of data from the core system modules (Energy Scheduling, Energy Settlement and Financial Settlement) into a Microsoft® Excel template. An intuitive and flexible way of defining the frequency, period and interval of reports, ensures reports are always ready when expected. Example reports are Daily and Monthly Reports; Daily, Month-to-date Reports; and Monthly, Financial Year-to-Date Reports.
The Management Reporting module timeously delivers key operational and management data to the desktops of decision makers. These reports are produced in an easy-to-consume dashboard utilising the industry standard Flash format, and provide extremely powerful decision support capability.