Power plant

  • Increase revenues of power plants and power products
  • Deal with all power plant characteristics and optionalities
  • Make quick calculations, fully automated
  • Enjoy easy interfaces with market and other data
  • Calculate accurate values and hedges with Monte Carlo simulations
KyPlant supports traders and plant owners in power markets. First of all, the power plant optimization software determines the value of power plants by quickly calculating the optimal dispatch. It also supports trading decisions and reports exposures. The real options-based model combines actual plant and contract characteristics with realistic price simulations. It can be applied to real physical power plants, but also to virtual power plants, spark and dark spread options, and power options. 


1. Spot market: how to dispatch?

For day ahead and intraday markets, the power plant optimization model tells you what is optimal to do: produce or don’t produce? When prices change due to unforeseen circumstances, it could be optimal to change the dispatch decision on the intraday market.

KyPlant power plant optimization

2. Forward market: keep the risk or lock in profits?

KyPlant shows which forward transactions are optimal to hedge risks and lock in profits. The user can then choose between intrinsic hedging and delta hedging, two strategies to secure profits. It can provide hedge recommendations not only for the asset alone but also for multiple assets together.

KyPlant trading decisions

3. Power Market: What is a fair price?

The power plant valuation model calculates the fair value of a power station. The model shows which part of the value is intrinsic and which part is extrinsic, requiring a more active trading strategy.

Extrinsic values are derived from an intuitive and realistic Monte Carlo simulation model. We apply a combination of forward and spot trading strategies to the simulated price scenarios, using dynamic programming and least-squares Monte Carlo. As a result, this type of valuation provides a fair assessment of the future value.

Furthermore, backtesting of the model is another feature: it shows how much money you would have made in the past, following a specific trading strategy.

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Most KyPlant users optimize the power stations at individual plant level. However, it is also possible to use our power plant optimization software effectively for a portfolio of plants, for example connected by joint heat obligations and a heat buffer. You can provide detailed technical characteristics of the power stations as input, including efficiency curves, a range of start types and curves, costs, trips, maintenance, start constraints, etc. Of course we have fully embedded KyPlant in our KYOS Analytical Platform. With automated data feeds, up-to-date plant valuations are always available.

The power plant optimization software can be applied to real physical power plants, but also virtual power plants, spark and dark spread options, and power options.

Methodology power plant optimization

KyPlant uses advanced Monte Carlo simulation techniques. Important characteristics are e.g. co-integrated commodity prices, and a mean-reverting multi-factor model with long-term, short-term and seasonal dynamics. Furthermore, users can also import their own price simulations or use those of KySim.

The model applies dynamic programming and least squares Monte Carlo techniques for optimal dispatch and exercise decisions. The accompanying calibration tool uses historical data to easily derive the volatility term structure and other simulation inputs. Similarly, you may use implied option volatilities as well, by overwriting the historical volatility estimates.

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