Why ABB Long-Term Forecasts?
ABB produces long-term forecasts, a fundamental analysis of key power markets across North America and Europe twice a year, known as the Reference Case. This analysis considers current and projected new resources; fuel price forecasts; transmission/interconnection limits and losses; operations and seam issues in neighboring markets; and hourly loads. The long-term forecasts includes a fundamental base forecast of Market Clearing Prices, which are comprised of hourly, monthly and annual prices for the 25 year study period.
Whether building a new generation asset, providing financing for new generation, considering entry into a new market, or any other major capital decision, the need for comprehensive market intelligence and accurate forecasts is critical. Energy is a complex industry, with volatile fuel and energy prices, ever-changing regulations, environmental pressures and rapidly changing demand.
The data gathering, forecasting and analysis required to make strategic investment and operational decisions, requires an enormous amount of resources and expertise. And often times, this analysis needs to be independent and unbiased. Market participants, financial institutions and regulators require an integrated forecast model to help them value assets, evaluate market opportunities and increase confidence in investments.