Performance of Generating Plant

The global electricity market continues to evolve and is becoming increasingly competitive and complex with new technologies entering the sector and with government policies changing more frequently with environmental regulations becoming ever stricter. Increased price volatility has a profound impact on the electricity sector and thus poses new challenges for power plant operators.

WP_pgp_schematicThrough its knowledge network on the Performance of Generating Plant the WEC has for over three decades been at the forefront of monitoring and evaluating the interaction between the numerous market drivers to assess there impact on plant performance. This well-established and internationally recognised WEC activity is focused on improving power plant performance worldwide by promoting international data exchange and best practices to achieve the most effective use of generation assets and energy resources. The generating plant performance indicators database is at the centre of this activity. This unique global database of plant KPI has been used in the production of reports for a wide range of bodies, including the G8.

Access to the full database is limited to those who participate in the data exchange. For details login here.

The Performance of Generating Plant knowledge network has also developed a new computer-based tool which helps to evaluate and compare technical and commercial performance metrics, the so called Commercial Availability Model.

“If all power plants in the world could achieve the same availability levels as the top performing 25% of plants are achieving today, the industry could save at least 80 billion dollars a year, and at the same time avoid 1Gt of GHG emissions and cut other emissions. A clear win-win situation.”

The knowledge network also covers nuclear power plant trends and performance issues, key performance metrics for renewable plant and integration of renewables into the grid.

Gérard Hatabian, Leader Performance of Generating Plant

WP_Gerard HatabianGérard Hatabian is the Leader of the WEC’s Knowledge Network on the Performance of Generating Plant.

Gérard Hatabian is the Head of the Statistics Department at Electricité de France (EDF). He has been working for almost 30 years at EDF, spending the first 17 years in the R&D Division where he worked on applying statistics and data analysis to nuclear energy issues, then implementing IT solutions aimed at optimising the electricity network. Gérard Hatabian served 11 years as the Deputy CIO of the Generation Division: in charge of infrastructure and after this in charge of IT performance and business IT projects. He currently works in the Optimising and Trading Division, as the Head of the Statistics Department of EDF, in charge of data collection and administration. His Department is also in charge of providing data needed by governmental, or non-governmental organisations.

For further information, contact Elena Nekhaev, Director, Technical Programmes & Senior Advisor, World Energy Resources.

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