Optimization & Analytics

Competitive power generation companies must constantly evaluate their decisions based on market conditions. PCI GenTrader® is the acknowledged industry-leading software solution for power generation planning and portfolio optimization.

Incorporating numerous breakthroughs in optimization and simulation technology, GenTrader offers multiple modeling capabilities that provide near real-time decision support, forecasting, long-range planning, and analytics.  In fact, GenTrader can be used across multiple time horizons to optimize power portfolio positions from as little as 5-minutes to as long as 30-years ensuring consistency across your entire enterprise.

Comprehensive & Versatile

GenTrader is used for numerous applications both inside and outside ISO/RTO markets.  The platform incorporates an advanced optimization algorithm for robust unit commitment (UC) and economic dispatch (ED) for modeling any scenario, considering multiple factors including:

  • Thermal power generation including complex combined-cycle assets
  • Hydro power generation including cascaded and pumped storage assets
  • All renewables power generation
  • Market prices: power, fuel, ancillary services, emissions
  • Complex option and forward contracts
  • Fuel constraints and energy-limited options

Short TO Long-Term Optimization

GenTrader ensures consistency across your entire enterprise delivering endless benefits to your team.  Modeling applications include:

  • Simultaneous local/global NOx emission constraint optimization
  • Multi-tier fuel constraint optimization
  • Multi-area and multi-commodity capabilities for arbitrage decisions and operations
  • Unified modeling for short to long-term studies with recursive outage adaptation
  • Full co-optimization for all customer resources and obligations considering all commodities (energy, reserves, regulation, fuel, and emissions)
  • Deterministic/stochastic simulations and production costing runs
    • PCI models production costs and the impact of load uncertainty, forced outages, and fuel cost uncertainties for revenues, costs, and profits/losses
  • Parallel processing to significantly reduce the time to run large, multi-year studies
  • Market price analysis
    • Assess how portfolio P&L characteristics would behave under varying market conditions

Endless Use Cases

GenTrader is the ideal software platform to support applications as diverse as daily operational planning, fuel burn forecasting, energy asset acquisition, post-analytics, transaction structuring, assessing emissions (and emissions compliance) impacts as well as the impact of potential plant upgrades.  Just a few use case examples:

    • Traders use GenTrader to produce a near real-time pricing grid for making off-system purchases and sales.
    • Portfolio managers can run post-analytics to assess operational efficiency as well as transaction and outage costing.
    • Planners can run hourly simulations for any time period.
    • Risk analysts perform stochastic simulations to know the impact of market price volatility, forced outages, and load uncertainty.


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