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Optimisation for increased savings

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Our Edge

Optimisation for increased savings

Optimisation – what does it mean?

For any given half-hour, the input costs and charges that make up the price of electricity can vary. Equally, as gas costs vary, the optimum on-site generation level changes each half-hour. The team at Hartree Solutions can predict with a high degree of accuracy what it believes market prices will be several half hours ahead on a minute by minute basis and alter the operation of installed power generation plant accordingly.

  • If we predict market prices are high, we will operate the plant at maximum output and supply both on-site demand and export any excess power to the market, gaining revenue to your benefit.
  • If the prediction is of low or even negative market prices, on-site generation would be more costly than importing from the National Grid and we would turn off the generation plant and import power from the Grid as this would create material savings in power costs.
  • At other times when we predict market prices are equal to or slightly higher than generation cost, we would operate the plant in “load following” mode, saving you money but not generating an excess for exporting.
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How we optimise

Data Analysis

As a global energy trading company, data is the engine that drives our business forward. Our data analysts and traders collate, analyse, and interrogate literally millions of data points per minute, all day, every day. We use this data to build complex models of the energy world, across the UK, Europe, and further overseas.

Our fundamental and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) based models are used by the trading team, coupled with their decades of experience to make sound trading decisions. The data collected feeds into our own A.I. system which despatches instructions remotely to our generation assets, setting their operating parameters to maximise revenue streams based on real-time market conditions and expected changes in market prices.

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We can also use these same A.I. predictions for marginal carbon grid intensity. This allows us to overlay this metric to ensure we operate the generation assets to save money and reduce carbon emissions simultaneously.

Savings for you - not your energy supplier

Optimising any generation asset based on real-time market prices does not necessarily benefit you, it benefits your energy supplier as they will charge you the flat tariff in your contract irrespective of system prices. Hartree Partners Supply, our fully licensed supply business, can become your supplier, meaning that all the real-time market benefits, including spot prices, are passed on to you. In fact, we don’t stop there. We forecast these future energy savings and guarantee these to you so you can get on with what you do best while we do what we do best.

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Optimisation – risk free

As part of our service to you, we carry out an in-depth analysis of your power and gas data, this gives us a clear picture of which asset or combination of assets will offer you the highest savings and largest carbon reduction.

We run these solutions through a rigorous modelling system, and this shows the performance of the asset and how we believe it will perform in the real world. We then “bake in“ the optimised savings for this asset and pass them on to you as a fixed price per kWh. It’s the same price for all your power, whether it is imported from the grid or generated on-site, Hartree is responsible for the optimisation and ensuring the asset performs as we expect, for you, the process is risk-free.

Hartree Solutions will invest in the asset, its optimisation and maintenance and pass the savings on to you at a guaranteed fixed low price.

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We help power your business in a way that keeps it profitable, competitive and contributes to a carbon neutral world.

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Energy market insights and news

Wildlife Works Ranger Overlooking Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project in Keyna (Photo Credit Lisa Kristine)

Unprecedented private sector finance deal to generate over $2bn to protect threatened forests, wildlife, and improve community livelihoods

Hartree Partners and Wildlife Works sign landmark voluntary carbon market deal Over 20 new high-impact…

  • Hartree Partners and Wildlife Works sign landmark voluntary carbon market deal
  • Over 20 new high-impact projects will be implemented in collaboration with forest communities to protect threatened landscapes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
  • Project portfolio to generate 20 million tonnes of Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) each year for the 30-year life of the projects

Hartree Partners and Wildlife Works announce a ground-breaking deal that will generate over $2bn of private sector investment to enable communities to protect biodiversity and forests at risk from deforestation.

13 million hectares of tropical forest, an area the size of Greece, is currently lost to deforestation every year. But, to keep the increase in global temperature below 1.5 degrees in line with the Paris Agreement, more than three quarters of deforestation must be stopped by 2030. Thousands of companies are addressing the climate emergency and, with voluntary carbon markets playing an increasingly prominent role, the demand for Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) is forecast to outstrip supply.

Hartree Partners, a leading global energy and commodities trading company, and Wildlife Works, an innovative global conservation company, will help meet this surging demand by partnering to invest, develop, manage and market one of the world’s largest portfolios of avoided deforestation projects. Hartree’s investment is effective immediately, with the projects expected to begin delivering VERs by 2023.

The deal, which will increase the availability of high-quality, verified, avoided deforestation projects by approximately 40%, will reduce emissions from deforestation by 20 million tonnes each year and 600 million tonnes over the 30-year life of the projects – equivalent to taking 4.3 million cars off the road.

The partnership will develop more than 20 high-impact projects in collaboration with local communities to improve livelihoods while preserving and protecting forests and wildlife.

The ground-breaking deal was facilitated by Everland, the exclusive marketing partner of Wildlife Works. The portfolio will be marketed by Everland and Vertree, a joint venture formed between Hartree Partners and sustainability leaders SYSTEMIQ.

Ariel Perez, Partner at Hartree Partners, said:
“The scientific community agrees that the world cannot keep the increase in global temperature below 1.5 degrees without significant support from global businesses. Hartree Partners is proud to be providing substantial long-term investment in nature-based solutions through this partnership. We’re delighted to be working with such experienced partners as Wildlife Works to ensure that these projects reduce emissions, protect highly threatened species, and enhance the wellbeing of thousands of people in these forest communities who hold the key to stopping deforestation.”

Mike Korchinsky, Founder and CEO of Wildlife Works, said:
“While those in the Global North continue to debate what they want from climate action, our partners in the Global South urgently need just and effective solutions now. With Hartree Partners’ financial backing and carbon market expertise, we can implement our just and inclusive climate, community, and biodiversity solutions in many more forest communities where they’re desperately needed.”

Wildlife Works’ proven approach addresses the drivers of deforestation in last-chance ecosystems while rewarding communities for protecting forests and biodiversity.

The portfolio of projects announced today will meet global best practice standards for nested projects under VERRA, including: the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS); the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standard at the gold level; and the SD Vista standard to verify project contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and can make a significant contribution to host country Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement.

Gerald Prolman, CEO of Everland, said:
“Hartree’s financial commitment to Wildlife Works will help give forest governments, landowners, and communities long-term financial confidence as they consider valuing their standing forests under REDD+. The VERs will be offered to businesses as an essential tool they can use as part of their transition plan towards a low-carbon future. It is our hope that this partnership’s bold commitment to rapidly scale REDD+ projects will inspire more private sector action at the critical speed and magnitude that is so desperately needed.”

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Additional grid capacity arrives at Peterlee

As the energy revolution advances, the UK grid continues to transition towards a more sustainable…

As the energy revolution advances, the UK grid continues to transition towards a more sustainable future. Until the UK is at the point where it can run 100% of the time on 100% renewable energy, it needs some additional support as it moves further and further away from large scale coal-fired plants. During this time of transition, additional resources are needed to support the National Grid to ensure businesses can continue to operate and domestic consumers are not impacted. The need for grid flexibility has increased in importance with so many people working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This week our Peterlee site took delivery of two 2MW units that will be available to support the National Grid. The onsite generation units will provide balancing services and flexibility as the UK grid continues to try and balance the growing renewable assets available. By setting up another site, we ensure we are playing our part in keeping a consistent power supply to the UK. Once fully commissioned this site will be able to provide an additional 4MW of power to the grid when it needs it most.

Unit arrives and is offloaded at Peterlee.
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