News | September 7, 2017

Cycling KPI Metrics Enhance Free Power Plant Cycling Causality Software

Key power plant KPI metrics to track power plant cycling trends and intensity are now available.

Renewable Impacts (RI) announced recently that its power plant cycling causality software (eRECC Lite 2.1) has been enhanced to help plant owners and operators better manage their fossil assets. Key to the connection between fossil power plant cycling and increasing penetration of renewables and other cycling drivers is a finding that fossil plants are cycling more.

RI proposes two dynamic metrics, using available data, to make a determination of increasing cycling activity. The two metrics are power plant "movement" and "movement density." Movement is the sum of all changes in power production and is used to define a plant cycling trend - increasing or decreasing. While movement intensity is movement related to generation and defines how hard a plant is being cycled - low to vigorous.

"Defining and using KPI metrics is a common performance improvement technique and RI has developed two powerful KPI metrics with which to track power plant cycling," said James R. Schetter, President of Renewable Impacts LLC. Mr. Schetter added, "These metrics, calculated by our free software, are able to measure the level and intensity of cycling allowing plant owners and operators a basis to assess cycling impacts. To highlight our release of eRECC Lite 2.1 and the new cycling KPIs, RI is waiving our normal web download fee for a limited time."

eRECC Lite 2.1 is a simplified version of the full-featured cycling causality model developed by RI to analyze over 100 fossil-fueled power plants in the CAISO balancing authority. The new model is a fully functioning analysis tool intended to assist policy makers evaluating the causality or cause and effect of power plant cycling. RI offers comprehensive eRECC training to support customer expansion and customization of the model.

RIs eRECC standard training is available in the US and is designed to privately train individuals or enterprise teams of up to 10. In addition to the standard training sessions, these packages include phone/e-mail training support and RIs validation data set to help customers test their eRECC customized models. Additional information on the RI free software can be found at: http://www.renewableimpacts.com/store/p468/eRECC_Lite_2.1_Free_Software.html.

SOURCE: Renewable Impacts LLC