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August 10, 2016

Rodan Energy Acquires Sygration

Sygration is excited to announce that it has been acquired by Rodan Energy Solutions. Rodan Energy helps companies with metering, engineering, demand response and (EMIS) energy management information systems, to reduce their total energy spend. This acquisition will have a positive impact on both companies and most importantly our customers.

Read Press Release.

June 11, 2014

New DR3 Triggers Report

DR3 Triggers Report

Sygration added a new application today for tracking potential standby and activations of Ontario's DR3 program, which currently has approximately 400MW enrolled. The new DR3 Triggers Report provides a full Shadow Price history of each of the seven new DR3 Resources, which will be used for dispatching DR3 resources across separate zones in Ontario. Hours where the resource’s Shadow Price exceeds the $200/MWh threshold are highlighted in gold, while hours highlighted in red are also above the threshold and have also been selected as the most likely 4-hour block for activation. The DR3 Triggers Report is accessed from a link at the top of the Sygration Dashboard. More information on the report is available here

May 6, 2014

Global Adjustment: Taking Control – Article Updated

We have updated our previously published article Global Adjustment in Ontario, which was first published in November 2012. The update primarily reflects the most recent forecasts and actual costs for Global Adjustment in Ontario. As well, a new section has been added to aid large consumers in their decision whether or not to be billed as a Class A Consumer, and separately, whether or not to operate as a Class A Consumer.

Global Adjustment

In addition, as of May 1, 2014, the Ontario Government lowered the threshold for qualifying customers from 5MW to 3MW if their load facilities are identified to be within one of several industry classifications. It is a program the Government has labeled under their Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI). The calculations to determine your contribution to GA remain the same, however, these new prospective consumers are not Class A consumers by default, but instead must opt-in to the program. This requires customers to work with their local LDCs and the IESO to determine if they qualify for the program.

Global Adjustment in Ontario.pdf

May 2, 2014

5CP Program Extended to 3 to 5 MW Loads

Moments before dissolving Ontario's 40th legislature, Ontario Regulation 126/14 was passed to amend O. Regulation 429/04. It came into effect May 1, 2014 and extends the Global Adjustment Allocation Program – aka the "High 5" Coincident Peak Program – to load facilities having an average monthly peak demand between 3 and 5 MW. These consumers now have the ability to reduce their GA costs significantly by reducing or displacing their load during the top peak demand hours in a year. Sygration and NRG Matters Corp provides tools, training and advisory services to assist these consumers avoid these peak hours and reduce their electricity bills significantly. Load curtailment or displacement actions taken during this Base Period (starting May 1, 2014) will impact the Global Adjustment charges associated with the Allocation Period (starting July 1, 2015).

The new group of consumers must opt-in to the program to be considered a Class A consumer. They should work with their local distribution company (LDC) or the IESO to determine if they qualify, and give written notice by June 15 of their decision. The regulation also restricts the participation to load facilities with certain North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. These are limited to code 493120 (Cold Storage), or codes starting with 21 (Mining), 31 - 33 (Manufacturing), 518 (Data Processing and Hosting), and 1114 (Greenhouses).

E-Laws Regulation 126/14

October 3, 2011

Global Adjustment Success Newsletter

Ontario's Class A Consumers – those loads with a minimum of 5 MW or higher – are now charged the Global Adjustment portion of their electricity bill based on their demand relative to the top 5 peak demand hours in Ontario. With Autumn now upon us, we feel confident that the peak hours for the current baseline period have been set, and many consumers will be looking closely to how their curtailment strategies this past summer will pay off in savings for next year.

NRG Matters Corp and Sygration partnered together in the development of the Peak Advisory Notification Service (PANs) to help many consumers reduce their Global Adjustment costs. Clients that relied on the PANs service were advised to curtail only 38 hours and yet were able to avoid all of the top peaks, while those relying exclusively on DR3 curtailment activations only avoided one of the five peaks. The newsletter below illustrates how the new Global Adjustment Allocation program fared for many consumers, as well it provides a forecast of how much savings their actions will result in the next adjustment period.

To download the Newsletter, click on the following link:

June 14, 2011

PANs and Dashboard – Working Together to Reduce your Ontario Electricity Costs

The Real-time Forecast Error Tracking tool is the latest addition to the Sygration Dashboard, and it is the last piece of the puzzle in the tool-set for Class A consumers who which to reduce their Global Adjustment costs, forecast to grow to nearly $400,000 /MW by 2015.

The Global Adjustment for Class A consumers are determined based on their consumption during the top 5 peak demand periods in Ontario. NRG Matters Corp and Sygration have partnered together to help customers avoid these top 5 peaks, in order to reduce their Global Adjustment costs significantly. We do this through the PANS email-based notification service and Sygration Dashboard in several ways:

  1. Monthly Email Advisories provide an analysis of the coming month and the likely peak values going forward
  2. Day-Ahead Email Alerts inform customers of hours that are likely to set a peak in the next day
  3. Current-Day Email Alerts confirm the peak hours, with more accurate forecast data
  4. Long-Term Forecast Charts show the Ontario Demand for the next 14 days
  5. The 24-Hour Forecast Window automatically updates to show the latest forecast and actual data
  6. The Main Console alerts users of potential peak hours and changes to the forecast
  7. Forecast Tracking Tools identify errors in the forecast in real-time, potentially indicating that the peak hour is shifting

Together, we provide a complete solution for industrial consumers that are able to curtail their load or activate stand-by generation. Please read the attached document for more information how these two services can work together to reduce your Global Adjustment costs.

PANs and Dashboard Working Together.pdf

June 9, 2011

Real-time Forecast Error Tracking added to Dashboard

Demand Forecast Tracking Console

A new version of the Sygration Ontario Dashboard was released today for tracking the 5-minute Ontario Demand forecast against the actual demand. The new module provides a real-time graph on your main screen showing the variance between actual and forecast demand. It can also generate alert messages whenever that variance exceeds a user's threshold setting. The 5-minute forecast is an estimate that is generated by the Sygration server by comparing the IESO hourly Pre-Dispatch against earlier days actual 5-minute demands. It then applies weights to these historical values, based on a number of factors, in order to create a composite detailed forecast.

The new feature is particularly useful to Class A consumers as they are charged Global Adjustment based on their consumption that is coincident with the top 5 peak periods. We expect to see significant shifts in Ontario Demand as a portion of this group, representing 2000 MW in total, withdraws their load for these top hours. This module will help these Dashboard customers identify if the demand is shifting higher or lower – potentially resulting in a peak moving to another hour – so they can adjust their own curtailment actions.

April 20, 2011

New Peak Advisory Notification Service (PANS)

Sygration has developed a new service through a partnership with NRG Matters that is targeted towards mid-sized industrial loads (Class A consumers that are 5 - 15MW). PANS provides a monitoring and communications service that is designed to help clients reduce their Global Adjustment costs through participation in the new Global Adjustment Recovery Method (5CP Global Adjustment Allocation).

For more information on the PANS Service, click on the following link:

November 5, 2010

Global Adjustment to Increase 145% to $67 /MWh by 2015

A paper submitted to the OEB on behalf of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters group provided a detailed forecast of the costs associated with the programs under the control of the Ontario Power Authority and projected, among other things, how these will impact the Global Adjustment over the next 5 years. Authored by Bruce Sharp of Aegent Energy Advisors, the paper "Ontario Electricity Total Bill Impact Analysis – August 2010 to July 2015" is a research document into the costs associated with such programs as FIT, the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Programs, OPG and Bruce Power contracts, Natural Gas Clean Energy Supply contracts, and CDM programs. These programs and contracts are under the control of the OPA or paid directly to OPG, and will be executed over the next 5 years with the additional costs rolled into the current Global Adjustment mechanism.

The Global Adjustment is currently around $27 /MWh (2.7 cents /KWh). While the Aegent report includes additional forecast data on Transmission upgrade costs and cost increases associated with the Distribution networks, the table below shows only those costs that will be included in the global adjustment.

Current (2010) $/MWh27.0027.0027.0027.0027.00
Increase from 2010 $/MWh6.9015.8219.6730.4039.71
Year End Forecast $/MWh33.9042.8246.6757.4066.71

By early 2015, the report forecasts that the Global Adjustment will grow to over $66 /MWh (6.6 cents /KWh), exclusive of HST. For a 1 MW average load, that will equate to about $48,000 per month, which is in addition to the cost of HOEP.

Read the Aegent document here.
Full source data and contract summary information available on the OEB site here

August 30, 2010

Global Adjustment Allocation Changes

The Ministry of Energy released draft regulation on Friday August 26 that would see the allocation of Global Adjustment (GA) change significantly in Ontario, as a result of lobbying by the Association of Major Power Consumers (AMPCO) on behalf of its members. The GA is a fee that is collected by the IESO to pay for the difference between the open market price for electricity and long-term contracts established with Non-Utility Generators, OPA contract holders and Ontario Power Generation. It was introduced in 2005 and actually incurred several months where it was a credit to consumers – as a result of energy rebates by OPG – but has steadily risen since that time and has been approaching equity with the energy market price.

YearEnergy PriceGlobal Adjustment
2005$71.43 /MWh-$7.45 /MWh
2006$48.47 /MWh$4.36 /MWh
2007$50.26 /MWh$3.95 /MWh
2008$51.42 /MWh$6.12 /MWh
2009$31.55 /MWh$30.56 /MWh
2010 (Jan - July)$39.13 /MWh$25.82 /MWh

Global Adjustment is calculated on a monthly basis and has been typically $300M - $400M each month. This cost is currently allocated to major consumers based on their proportion of the total amount of energy consumed during the month relative to the amount of energy consumed by all Ontario loads in the same period.

The proposed regulation will change this method so industrial consumers over 5 MW (average monthly peak) – whether they are an IESO Market Participant or embedded within a distributor – will no longer pay Global Adjustment on a volumetric basis. This group will be designated as "Class A Consumers", while all others are designated as "Class B Consumers". Class A consumers will be allocated the GA during each 12-month reporting period based on their consumption during the five demand top load peak hours (on different days) of a past 12-month timeframe. The top five demand peak hours will be identified by the IESO based on their measurements of the Ontario Load, however, distributors will be asked to provide data on embedded generation and embedded Class A consumers for those hours in order to determine the final total system demand and group proportions for billing purposes.

During the transitional period, the regulation proposes that the first reporting (billing) period will run from January 1, 2011 - June 30, 2011 based on the allocation period of May 1, 2010 - October 31, 2010. Afterwards, the reporting (billing) period will begin every July 1 and run for 12 months, while the allocation will be based on the 12-month period ending April 30 of the same year.

All Class B Consumers will continue to be allocated on a volumetric basis, but only after factoring in the amount of funds collected towards the monthly total by the Class A Consumers. Therefore, if the Class A group is able to reduce their share of the Global Adjustment total amount, then the Class B group will have to make of the difference. If the Class A group actually increases their share of the Global Adjustment amount, then the Class B group will benefit.

The Sygration Market Dashboard includes several tools that allow industrial consumers to track and avoid the coincident demand peak for the purpose of reducing their monthly transmission demand charges. The use of these tools are even more important for reducing their allocation of Global Adjustment as much more costs are at stake; and the Sygration Dashboard suite has been enhanced to include long-term trends and historical analysis from past years.

To view the proposed regulation, visit the Ontario Government Environment Registry at;statusId=MTY2MTgw;language=en

Update Nov 4, 2010. The Regulation 398/10 has been posted on the Service Ontario e-Laws site, here.

June 22, 2010

Avoiding the System Coincident Peak

The Sygration Dashboard suite was enhanced in the new year to monitor and alert users of a potential upcoming peaks in the Ontario Load (an estimate for system-wide AQEW). This was done to assist large industrial consumers that wished to reduce their monthly transmission network service demand charge by avoiding the coincident peak. Recently, there has been additional interest in using these same tools to also reduce their Global Adjustment charges as part the AMPCO-proposed 5 Coincident Peak method for allocating global adjustment.

The following link is to a short paper showing why and how large industrial customers can use the Dashboard today to reduce their demand charges. This includes the alerts, forecasts (including a new long-term forecast) and historical data which is available to Dashboard customers. It also addresses the validity of the Sygration Ontario Load parameter, which is provided a near real-time, by comparing its historical ranking to the IESO Transmission Tariff Demand Calculation results. Avoiding the System Coincident Peak (PDF)

If you have any questions, please call or write.

February 6, 2010

Market Dashboard Version 3

The Sygration Dashboard Version 3 was successfully released into production today. This version involved a complete re-write of the client-to-server communications and back-end data services, with the objective to improve the performance and scalability of the Dashboard.

Version 3 also saw the release of many new features, which were in response to customer requests or to the release of new IESO data:

The release process engaged a dozen customers and four weeks of beta testing to ensure there were no defects upon its release into production. Sygration is very grateful for this participation, and wishes to thank those customers for their commitment to ensure the high standard of quality was maintained.

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