SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 30, 2001 The New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) has selected APX® to administer a new program that will help verify compliance with varying environmental regulations in its six-state region.
APX, an independent provider of market services for the power industry, will develop and operate an Internet-based generation information system (GIS). This will enable power generators, wholesale suppliers, and retail load-serving entities to efficiently track, manage, and report their compliance with state environmental standards that encourage increased renewable energy production and reduced emissions.
Generators will track their fuel types and emissions, and transfer to power retailers electronic certificates that verify fuel types, emissions, and other characteristics. Generators, wholesale suppliers, and retailers will access their account statements and other information on an Internet portal, which will save time in record keeping and preparation of compliance reports for the appropriate state agencies.
“The selection of APX is the result of a two-year cooperative effort among NEPOOL, ISO New England Inc., and representatives of various state energy and environmental regulatory agencies throughout New England,” said Daniel W. Allegretti, chair of the NEPOOL participants committee and director, State Government Affairs for Enron Power Marketing Inc. “That group, through many hours of discussion, created the conceptual design for this system, and APX built upon that design in its proposal to NEPOOL.”
Noted Dennis Duffy, chair of the NEPOOL GIS advisory committee and vice president, Energy Management Inc., “This system will be the first in the U.S. to track all types of generation, not just renewable power. Following a thorough evaluation of vendor proposals received, we concluded that the APX approach best meets our needs for streamlining the process of tracking and verifying compliance with regulations in our region.”
Environmental regulations for power production set by individual states in New England include: renewable portfolio standards that set minimum renewable purchase levels for retailers; disclosure regulations that require electric retailers to describe the fuel source and other characteristics of the power that they sell; and cap programs that limit pollutant emissions.
Scheduled to become operational in 2002, the APX-provided system will consist of a secure Web-accessible portal, a database system, and supporting subsystems, all of which will be based on industry-standard hardware components and employ Windows®- compatible applications. APX has been awarded a five-year contract for this service.
Said John M. Melby, APX vice president, North American marketing, “APX is pleased to provide this important service to NEPOOL members that will further advance the use and development of environmentally friendly power in New England. APX has developed renewable energy certificate systems in four other states, giving us unmatched expertise in this area.”
Similar market infrastructure systems developed by APX include the computer system for the Texas Renewable Energy Credit program delivered to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in April, the renewable energy credit system developed in 1998 to support the APX California Green Power Market, and the renewable energy credit system developed in 2000 to support the APX Midwest Green Power Market in Illinois and Ohio.
“Complex reporting and verification needs in power markets require efficient infrastructure services,” said John Yurkanin, APX president and CEO. “APX is answering that need with cost-effective, neutral services that have made us the clear leader in North America in renewable energy certificate systems and independent scheduling and settlement, as well as a trading leader in European markets.”
NEPOOL is a voluntary association of more than 200 participants in the New England bulk power system. Under an interim independent system operator agreement with NEPOOL, ISO New England Inc. operates and administers the New England transmission system and wholesale power markets in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. More information is available at www.iso-ne.com.
Automated Power Exchange™ Inc. is an independent provider of market and scheduling technologies that support power system administration and of trading services for the buying and selling of electric power, renewable power, and related products. A privately held company, APX has its world headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., and its European headquarters in London. More information is available at www.apx.com.