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Our clients range from market infrastructure operators to service providers, participants to policy makers, including:

  • spot market operators and system operators
  • derivatives exchanges, clearing houses and registries
  • utilities and energy merchants
  • banks and investment funds
  • governments and regulators
  • network owners and metering providers
  • information companies
  • software vendors

 

Snapshots of some of our projects are provided below.

  • EirGrid and System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI) – SEM Establishment Programme

    eirgridSoni EirGrid and SONI are the electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively, and jointly operate the Single Electricity Market (SEM) for the island of Ireland.Market Reform provided a wide range of services to EirGrid’s and SONI’s SEM Establishment Programme, from inception to completion, including assistance with:

    • planning and structuring of the programme
    • programme and project management
    • business planning and organisation design advice
    • business process and procedure definition
    • development, and change management, of specifications for the market systems
    • selection of the systems Prime Contractor and ongoing oversight of their implementation and testing activities
    • advice on market design and market rules
    • certification of the market optimisation software
    • conduct of market simulation activities
    • planning, preparation and delivery of training
    • planning and coordination of market readiness and operational cutover activities, including the Market Trial
    • operational support

    The programme addressed a number of unique complexities, including two currencies, two legal jurisdictions, two client sites and project activities spread across five locations in four countries. The SEM was delivered, on-time and on-budget, on 1st November 2007.

    Market Reform has continued to advise EirGrid, SONI and their SEM Operator organisation (SEM-O) on a range of initiatives, including the Day 1+ market release, harmonisation of ancillary services, business process definition, market systems development plan, market solver change management, unit commitment recertification and the implementation of intra-day trading.

  • New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) – Strategic Development Initiatives

    NYME NYMEX (now part of CME Group) is the world’s largest derivatives market and clearing house for energy. Market Reform and its individuals have worked with NYMEX on a number of strategic initiatives, including:

    eNYMEX Establishment

    eNYMEX was NYMEX’s initiative to provide internet-based trading and financial clearing of a wide-range of energy derivatives, including its extremely successful initiative to clear off-exchange/OTC trades (now known as Clearport).

    Key Market Reform individuals were responsible for development of the business plan for the eNYMEX initiative, and provided subsequent advice on project management, organisation design, financial modelling, definition of business processes and system requirements, product development, and training.

    Strategic Planning

    Led a strategic initiative to define and articulate NYMEX’s growth strategy, and evaluate selected strategic initiatives, as a prelude to its initial public offering later in 2006.

    Confidential Strategic Review Project

    Conducted a review for NYMEX’s President and Board of Directors of a strategic overseas opportunity the exchange was pursuing.

    Spot Market Clearing

    The aim of Spot Market Clearing is to provide financial clearing for electricity spot markets, replacing the crude credit risk processes used by many with the robust processes of an accredited clearing house.  Work undertaken by the project included definition of the Spot Market Clearing concept and business plan, development of the process model, and marketing of the concept to key stakeholders.

  • Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) – Short-Term Trading Market (STTM) Establishment

    AEMO AEMO is the electricity and gas market operator for much of Australia. Market Reform was engaged to advise and assist AEMO with the establishment of the Short-Term Trading Market (STTM) – a natural gas cash market with trading hubs based around major demand points at Sydney, Adelaide and (subsequently) Brisbane. Key areas in which Market Reform provided assistance included:

    • Initial planning and structuring of the project.
    • Project management of this complex, multi-disciplinary effort, involving personnel from AEMO, Market Reform, IT contractors, legal advisors and vendors
    • Detailed market design
    • Definition of market rules and procedures
    • Market systems analysis and design
    • Certification of the market software
    • Market readiness, including planning, preparation and delivery of training and the market trial.
    • Establishment of capabilities within AEMO to operate the STTM.

    More recently, Market Reform has assisted AEMO with the investigation and design of a gas trading hub, and market arrangements, based around a major supply point.

    Press Article: Gas trading hub launched

  • PJM Interconnection – Multiple Initiatives

    PJM PJM is the electricity system operator for the mid-Atlantic region of the US and parts of the Midwest, and operator of the world’s largest electricity spot market. Market Reform has conducted a number of initiatives for PJM, including:

    Settlement Formulation Review

    Market Reform was engaged to conduct a review of the specification/formulation of PJM’s market settlement system against the provisions of its tariff and operating agreement (i.e. market rules), identify issues and recommend remedial measures.

    Credit and Clearing Analysis

    Following some significant financial defaults by participants in its markets, PJM engaged Market Reform to provide advice concerning how it could improve its management of credit risk. A benchmarking study of credit risk management practices in a range of spot electricity and other markets was also conducted.

    Comparative Commodity Market Analysis

    Market Reform analyzed a range of existing forward markets in commodities and securities, in aid of PJM’s efforts to examine how it could do more to encourage and facilitate robust forward market activity in electricity.

    Forward Energy Reserve Market

    Market Reform investigated the design, structure and mechanics of a proposed ‘Forward Energy Reserve Market’ – a call option market aimed at encouraging greater demand-side participation./td>

  • Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) – Strategy and Organisation Assessment

    Ercot ERCOT is the electricity system operator and wholesale spot market operator for Texas. It also operates the market infrastructure to support retail competition in Texas, and the registry for renewable electricity certificates.
    Market Reform was appointed by ERCOT to conduct an assessment of its strategy and organisation. This work included changes to the company charter, evaluation of capabilities and services, analysis of staffing requirements, and making recommendations concerning staffing, organisation structure, governance, strategic planning process, people strategy and fee structure.Separately, Market Reform performed an expert review of the protocols for ERCOT’s Texas Nodal market, and provided assistance to ERCOT with readiness for nodal market operations.
  • OpenLink Financial – Project Management

    OpenLink OpenLink is one of the world’s premier providers of commodity trading software. Market Reform has provided system implementation and project management services to OpenLink, in the delivery of trading and downstream processing capabilities for major North American banks and large public utilities.
  • Independent Market Operator (IMO) – Various Market Initiatives

    The IMO is the electricity market operator for the South West Interconnected System in Western (SWIS) Australia.  A number of our team members were involved in the design and implementation of this market, first with the Western Australia Electricity Reform Implementation Unit (ERIU) and subsequently with the IMO itself, once established.   This work included developing the detailed design of the market, developing market rules and procedures, preparation and coordination of market trials, advising on rule modifications, extensive industry training, design of market surveillance arrangements, and liaison with the IT vendors.

    Market Reform has subsequently provided assistance to the IMO with:

    Market Design Review

    Market Reform was engaged to review proposed changes to the market design for the Wholesale Electricity Market, and assess the implications of these changes on the potential for market power to be exercised.

    Gas Information Services Design

    Western Australian legislation has made the IMO responsible for developing and operating a Gas Information Service for Western Australia comprising a Gas Bulletin Board, a Gas Statement of Opportunity and an Emergency Management System.  Market Reform was engaged to develop the detailed design of a Gas Bulletin Board sufficient to guide the IMO in rule development and to advise on the kind of information to be included in Gas Statement of Opportunity.

    Reserve Criterion Review

    The Market Rules for the electricity market operated by the IMO in South West Interconnected System (SWIS) of Western Australia specifies the logic to be used in determining the required generation capacity of the SWIS.  This logic must be reviewed every 5 years.  Market Reform was engaged to conduct the most recent review.  This work involved studying the historic performance of existing capacity and simulating performance going into the future, trading off the value of supply interruption against the cost of capacity.

  • Coliban Water – Water Pricing and Optimisation

    Coliban Market Reform was engaged by Coliban Water to develop an economically-oriented optimisation process based on the utility’s Operating Plan (OP) process. The aim of this process is to support the efficient operation of the water supply system, produce more accurate scarcity prices, and ultimately to support economically efficient and operationally feasible water trading. A deterministic (no uncertainty) water scheduling/pricing model, incorporating the most important operational interactions and constraints on the physical water supply system was developed. This model has the potential to be extended to a more sophisticated stochastic model, that could determine decisions and prices which account for future uncertainty.
  • SP AusNet – AMI Program Review

    SPAusnet The State Government of Victoria has mandated the rollout of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) – including remotely-read interval meters, communications infrastructure and data collection systems – to all premises in Victoria. SP AusNet, one of the three electricity distribution companies responsible for this rollout, engaged Market Reform to conduct a ‘health check’ of its AMI Program, to identify and examine key gaps and points of concern, make recommendations for remediation/mitigation, and form an assessment concerning the likelihood of the program meeting its delivery obligations. This review, reporting to the CEO, was conducted in an accelerated timeframe, utilising a senior team of experienced consultants, with international experience in advanced metering and market infrastructure establishment programs.
  • State of Victoria, DSE – Urban Water Market Concept Development

    In late 2008/early 2009 Market Reform conducted a ground-breaking internal project to develop a concept for an urban water market. Subsequently, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) – responsible for managing water policy and overseeing government water enterprises in the State of Victoria, Australia – engaged Market Reform to socialise its work on urban water markets with key industry players, gather feedback, and refine the urban water market concept. Market Reform was also engaged to provide input into the “Water Grid” work being undertaken by DSE.
  • Thomson Reuters – Energy Opportunities Analysis

    Market Reform conducted an analysis of opportunities to expand the scope of Thomson Reuters’ global energy business. This consisted of a broad, high-level scan through a large number of market segments of potential interest (by both commodity and geography), accompanied by a qualitative assessment of various indicators of opportunity in each of these segments.