ENERGYPRO BLOG: How to optimise your Windfarm for iSEM?

Each month we take a look at the biggest issues and opportunities facing Windfarm owners in the Irish market and one of our experts gives you some ways that you can maximise the assets revenue. This month, Managing Director, Ronan O’Meara, is speaking about I-SEM and its impact on the market place.

What are asset managers top concerns around iSEM?

We work with 15 windfarm owners around Ireland and the feedback that we are getting on the ground is that people are worried about missing out on potential revenue due to inaccurate data or receiving penalties due to delayed/late data. The penalty fees can vary from Day Ahead Market rate to Balancing Rate to fixed additional penalty fees, depending on the trading contracts.

What are you doing to help windfarm owners optimise themselves for iSEM?

We have launched a specific product, GenWatch, targeted at helping asset managers optimise their windfarm revenue potential. We have a live data feed that increases the ability for owners to receive

  • Immediate notifications of faults
  • Real time updates on return to service times
  • Alerts on market underpayments by using live export meter feed
  • Automated compliance that are pre-programmed for specific timeframes (weekly, monthly, daily)

All of the received, help the windfarm owners reduce the risk of penalties and inaccurate data. The feedback that we have gotten from our customers has been that in addition to the data, the Monitoring Centre has also been a key reason why they are using this product. The GenWatch Monitoring Centre is open 7 day per week 6am-midnight and it is taking the pressure off them as the system is being looked after out of hours.

Are there simple things an asset manager can do to ?

Yes, there are a number of simple things that asset manager can do to improve their position in an iSEM environment. Keeping detailed records in a searchable database can help when any issues arise with traders. Setting up automated alerts for data failure can help you react in time to issues and prevent increased penalties for not providing live data. It is really about creating systems within your business to deal effectively with issues, record them and have them fixed within the shortest possible time period.

What will happen in regards to Brexit?

The switch to iSEM is also coming at a time when the country is wondering what is going to happen with Brexit. As this is an all island electricity market the future Irish-British relations will certainly impacted by the negotiations. We are not 100% sure what is going to happen next. There is an interesting opportunity for Windfarm owners who want to scope out the effect of Brexit on their business through Intertrade Ireland which is offering €2,250 worth of expert support to cater towards preparing for Brexit.  https://intertradeireland.com/brexit/brexit-start-to-plan-vouchers/

What is your top tip for Asset Managers?

From our experience our advice is always “Plan, Record, Respond”. It is all about implementing systems to reduce the impact of any faults and having quick and easy access to the reports that you need.

Careers – Part-Time Accounts Technician

We are looking to add a strong accounts technician to our team on a part-time basis (circa 20 hours per week) for a 3 month contract initially with a view to being extended or made permanent.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Processing invoices
  • Making Bank Payments
  • Reconciling accounts
  • Data entry

Required Attributes:

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Prior experience working as an accounts assistant/accounts administrator
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills

Preferred:

  • Experience in Sage accounting software would be a distinct advantage
  • Payroll experience would be a distinct advantage

Competitive salary on offer commensurate with experience.

To apply, please email your CV in confidence using the subject line “2018 Accounts Technician”.

Please submit applications by 5pm on Friday 17th August 2018

Unfortunately, we will not accept any applications from recruitment agencies. We request that candidates please apply directly.

Careers – Technical Windfarm Analyst

We are looking to add a highly skilled renewable energy analyst to our team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Analysis of operational windfarms
  • Co-ordination of maintenance activities on site
  • Analysing availability, fault and production trends
  • Preparation of monthly and annual operational reports
  • Development of analysis tools and workflows

Required Attributes:

  • Relevant honours degree or equivalent qualification
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly computer literate (especially with Excel)

Competitive salary on offer commensurate with experience.

To apply, email your CV in confidence to careers@energypro.ie using the subject line “2018 Technical Analyst”

Please submit applications by 5pm Friday 23rd March, 2018.

Unfortunately, we will not accept any applications from recruitment agencies. We request that candidates please apply directly.

 

Careers – Developer / Analyst

EnergyPro is a specialist wind farm analysis and management firm, with a particular focus on turbine performance analysis.

As part of our work, we receive data from multiple sources in multiple formats ranging from high frequency SCADA alarms data to market pricing information. We then combine this data into easy‐to‐use reports and analytical visualisations for our internal windfarm managers and external customers.

We are looking to add a highly skilled software developer/analyst to our team. If you are the kind of person who is excited about dealing with messy data, in different file types/ delivery methods, and if you like working with a dynamic and passionate team, then this is the opportunity for you.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Modify and improve existing windfarm analysis tools and workflows
  • Identify opportunities to develop new analytical tools and facilitate their development
  • Capture and clean relevant information from new and existing data sets (csv, web scraping, third party APIs)

Required Attributes:

  • Possess a working knowledge of at least one structured programming language.
  • Exhibit proficiency in HTML and one scripting language
  • Demonstrate data wrangling skills (Python preferred)
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Highly Desirable:

  • Relevant honours degree or equivalent qualification
  • Cloud computing (ability to show a working project on AWS/Azure)
  • Web scraping (e.g. using Scrapy or Selenium)
  • Data mining (especially on time series data)

Competitive salary on offer commensurate with experience.

To apply, email your CV in confidence to careers@energypro.ie using the subject line “2018 Developer‐Analyst”

Please submit applications by 5pm Friday 23rd March, 2018.

Unfortunately, we will not accept any applications from recruitment agencies. We request that candidates please apply directly.

Careers – Windfarm Asset Manager

This post has now been filled. If you’d like your CV to be kept on file for future vacancies, please email careers@energypro.ie.

Many thanks for your interest in EnergyPro!

 

Careers – Software Developer/Analyst

This post has now been filled. If you’d like your CV to be kept on file for future vacancies, please email careers@energypro.ie.

Many thanks for your interest in EnergyPro!

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