Below, affected ISO customers can learn more about actions they’ll need to take and changes to existing systems or procedures related to the Energy Market Opportunity Cost project. This project is one of several that ISO New England has undertaken, in collaboration with stakeholders, for the continued development of the region’s wholesale electricity markets. Target dates indicated below are subject to change.
See Customer Readiness Project Outlook for more detail on specifically affected customers and systems for this and other major projects.
Under the EMOC project, ISO New England aims to enhance the ability of economic commitment and dispatch to make the most cost-effective use of limited fuel supplies during stressed operating conditions. This will be accomplished by estimating an opportunity cost for oil-fired and dual-fuel generators with short-term fuel supply limitations to be incorporated into reference prices and made available to participants. Participants currently have the ability to include an opportunity cost in their energy offers and they will have the option to use the ISO New England estimated opportunity cost once the EMOC project is implemented.
The opportunity cost calculation will be the net revenue a resource would lose if its limited fuel supply was reduced by 1 MWh of possible generation based on its initial fuel supply over a rolling seven-day horizon. The opportunity cost is greater than zero when the available fuel supply is insufficient to allow the resource to operate at EcoMax in all forecasted profitable periods. Alternatively, if the available fuel supply is sufficient to operate at EcoMax in all profitable periods the opportunity cost will be zero because net revenue would not be improved by an increase in the available fuel supply during the seven-day horizon.
Inputs that ISO New England will employ to estimate opportunity costs for oil and dual fuel generators include:
The daily estimated opportunity cost value will be visible to participants via the Customer and Asset Management System (CAMS) Internal Market Monitor Asset Characteristics (IMMAC) module prior to the close of the day-ahead offer submission window, and it will be included in a generator’s reference price as determined by IMM. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to include opportunity costs in their hourly offers as part of an offer strategy to maximize a generator’s net revenue over the course of the day. Including appropriate opportunity costs in offers will help to preserve limited fuel supplies for use during system conditions and corresponding higher prices when it is most valuable and best contributes to system reliability and cost-effectiveness.
The EMOC project will:
Phase 1 (November 29, 2018): Provided market participants with an estimated daily opportunity cost for use in energy market offer formulation via the Internal Market Monitor Asset Characteristics (IMMAC) module within the Customer and Asset Management System (CAMS).
Phase 2 (December 4, 2019): Add a real-time market opportunity cost calculation and report the Massachusetts Greenhouse Gas Initiative value separately from the calculated opportunity cost in the IMMAC module.
Affected market participants should be mindful of the following time-bound items, some of which may require customers to take specific steps or adapt to changes in ISO systems.
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Estimated opportunity cost value available in IMMAC module and incorporated into reference prices for oil and dual-fuel units
The ISO may conduct online or classroom-based training and information sessions and other opportunities for affected customers to learn about changes and ask questions in advance of project implementation. Please consider subscribing to ISO Training to receive notices posted to the ISO calendar for this project.
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|November 13, 2018
Energy Market Opportunity Cost (EMOC) Webinar – How to use opportunity costs in preparing energy market offers for oil and dual-fuel generators
Internal Market Monitor Asset Characteristics UI Presentation – How to use the IMMAC user interface for viewing asset parameters and initiating changes
Please also see the following frequently asked questions (FAQs):
Market participants affected by the project should consult the following documents for specific instructions on completing related tasks or processes and helpful answers to frequently asked questions.
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Describes how to use the eMarket user interface to perform market operations
See more on the Wholesale Markets Project Plan page