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PJM Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Authentication
Used to authenticate users and devices, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is a technology commonly used in the digital world to add more security and prevent unauthorized users from accessing disclosed data. The basic idea is to have one or more trusted parties digitally sign documents certifying that a particular cryptographic key belongs to a specific user or device and is safe to use. These documents are known as certificates. PJM implemented PKI certificate-based authentication to browser-less transfers of MSRS as optional in the production environment on Sept 28 at 4 p.m. EPT. The mandatory cut-over date will be in the spring of 2022. Users participating in PKI-based authentication can use Account Manager to request access to a role called “Certificate-Based Authentication Opt-In.” Afterward, approval of the request by the member’s CAM will be given. Once the user’s access is approved, the user will need to provide a certificate to access browser-less transfers of Capacity Exchange, DR Hub, FTR Center, InSchedule, Market Gateway, Power Meter & MSRS. To set up PKI based authentication: · User needs to purchase a certificate from one of the approved certificate authorities. · Link certificate from account manager and follow up with company CAM for approval. · Update any browser-less custom code to pass PKI certificate for authentication. · Use latest PJM-CLI version 1.5.0 For any reason users want to opt-out, they can work with their CAM to terminate access to the “Certificate-Based Authentication Opt-In” role. Detailed instructions may be found in the PKI User Guide and an FAQ document. for additional information. More information can be accessed here.
CAISO Decommission of ADS URLs
Since July 30, the CAISO ADS decommissioning of Active Directory Services (ADS) URLs has been available in map stage. On October 15, CAISO will be decommissioning ADS URLs with Certificate Trust Store Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Ciphers. New SSL cipher settings will be enforced for ADS. There will not be a change in the TLS version; it will stay as version 1.2. CAISO encourages customers to transition to the new SSL cipher settings as early as possible to avoid impacts when the new settings become enforced for ADS.
Once this change is pushed into production, there will be a few Legacy URLs that will no longer be available:
Clients will need to either: Add “Digicert CA” as the root certificate provider in their certificate store. This should be handled by the default trust stores. For example, if you are using an up-to-date version of Java, the default ca certs file contains the Digicert Certificate Authority files already. There is no need to change any client certificates, as they will continue to be signed by the CAISO_ISSUING_CA. Replace their custom-defined certificate store back to the default libraries in the code distribution (Java being the default ca certs files). Thank you for engaging with Adapt2. We are proud to bring you the latest market news.
MISO FTP Servers for Load Forecast Files
MISO has built a new application to support the daily upload and view of medium-term load forecast files (MTLF) sent by the Local Balancing Authorities (LBAs). The parallel operations period is ending and as of Monday, October 6th, MISO will retire its FTP Servers for Load Forecast Files and the services will no longer be available to users. The new tool MISO has implemented replaces current processes to upload these files through MISO’s FTP server. Now that the solution is in production and accessible using the MISO Market Portal, authenticated users are allowed to upload Load Forecast files for their LBA; it is important to note that the format did not change, but certificates are required for access. For digital certificate set-up, roles should be configured by your company's designated Local Security Administrator (LSA) through the Self-Service LSA Tool. Adapt2 has ensured all clients who need software personalized for this change are prepared. If you would like more information on how the new tool may be used, the Load Forecast Upload User Guide may be accessed here.
Hydro-Quebec Modernizes Back-Office Operations in North American ISOs
Adapt2 completes Phase 1 implementation with Hydro-Quebec to create efficiencies in North American ISO market operations utilizing cloud-native technology. HOUSTON, Texas (October 5, 2021) – Adapt2 Solutions, a leading provider of AI-enabled multi-market operations and power settlement software, today announced establishing a partnership with Hydro-Quebec. The new partnership enables complete market participation and functionality for streamlined settlements in seven North American ISOs, including seamless integrations with ETRM systems. Hydro-Quebec recognizes the need for advanced, forward-thinking technology, and will leverage Adapt2’s cloud-native platform, with access to the AI-driven data in Adapt2’s Tahoe Data Lake, to help optimize multi-market, cross border settlements in the United States and Canada. “Adapt2 is known and trusted as a leader in multi-market power settlements, says Benoit Labonte, Team Leader of Coordination and Performance at Hydro-Quebec. “With a core focus on energy markets, Adapt2’s leading edge technology and A.I. backed data lake provide us with a value proposition that other solutions in the marketplace could not.” Being heavily involved in multiple markets, Hydro-Quebec required a single market integration platform. By selecting Adapt2, Hydro-Quebec will be provided with all settlement, award, invoice, energy accounting, and ISO interfaces needed to make their operations more efficient in the North American energy markets. All operational and market related data will flow through Adapt2 Tahoe, an A.I. enabled data lake, to further enhance Hydro-Quebec’s ability to automate processes, perform settlement forensics and manage data. “With Hydro-Quebec’s market participation depth in markets and trading activity, the ability to leverage current technology in a multi-market environment will be a significant advantage,” said Adapt2 Solutions Executive Vice President, Jason Kram. “Adapt2 believes that back-office settlements operations implementation and capabilities have changed and is excited to work with one of Canada’s leading energy organizations to automate and streamline their multi-market operations.” Adapt2’s proven track record of success helping energy market participants access and utilize market data at the speed of change, will help Hydro-Quebec pass on value to their customers by being able to more accurately and efficiently produce invoice and settlement statements. To learn more about how Adapt2 is accelerating cross border and international power and gas market operations, visit https://www.adapt2solutions.com/solutions/ or follow Adapt2 on Linkedin (@Adapt2 Solutions) for more information on upcoming energy market operations and management webinars. About Adapt2 Solutions: Adapt2 Solutions (Adapt2) is the leading provider of AI enabled multi-market operations software designed to help market participants streamline all of their front and back office operations. Founded in 2008, Adapt2 delivers market-based solutions on the latest and most current technologies providing customers with fast, intuitive and stable user experience and performance. With over 170 market implementations representing over 2500 market participants, Adapt2 is a leading solution provider in the energy industry. Adapt2 Solutions is a privately held company based in Houston, Texas. To learn more about Adapt2, please visit www.adapt2solutions.com. About Hydro-Quebec: Hydro-Quebec delivers reliable electric power and high-quality services. By developing clean, renewable energy sources, Hydro-Quebec makes a strong contribution to Québec’s collective wealth and plays a central role in the emergence of a low-carbon economy. As recognized leaders in hydropower and large transmission systems, Hydro-Quebec exports clean, renewable power and leverage their expertise and innovations within Québec and around the world. For more information about Hydro-Quebec, please visit: www.hydroquebec.com
PJM Retiring Weak Encryption on Internet-Facing Websites
Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a widely-used security protocol that encrypts data sent over the Internet between two endpoints, most commonly when loading websites over HTTPS. Over time, new attacks against TLS and the encryption algorithms it uses have been discovered, creating risks for data integrity and safety. As a result, network connections utilizing obsolete protocols are left in vulnerable positions and are at a higher risk of exploitation by hackers. Therefore, PJM is retiring obsolete TLS protocol configurations in PJM internet-facing websites. As a way to provide more secure access to the PJM websites, PJM aims to discontinue supporting TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1 protocols and certain insecure ciphers such as 3DES cipher and the TLS_RSA_* ciphers in TLS 1.2. In the browser and browser-less production environments, PJM will retire obsolete TLS protocol configuration changes on November 1, 2021. After this date, TLS 1.2 encryption will be required to connect to PJM websites. PJM asks that your organization share this information within your organization with technical staff who manage the setup of desktops/laptops and server applications used to connect to PJM’s applications. For more information on how to update the non-compliant source device (browser or browser-less) deployments so that TLS protocol configurations can be updated, PJM has provided the Weak Encryption Remediation Guide as a reference. Adapt2 is happy to help in keeping your organization informed on the latest market changes.
IESO EIM Portal Refresh
In the Real Time Production Build for IESO, the Energy Market Interface (EMI) and eMIM Web Service planned for the September 16, 2021 R46.0 Release has been deferred and will be rescheduled to a later date. According to IESO, the EMI site and eMIM Web Service will function as normal using the existing Portal AD accounts and NOT the new IESO Gateway system accounts. which was originally scheduled to be pushed into production has been deferred and will be rescheduled to a later date. As part of the EIM portal refresh project, the IESO plans to migrate from the current Oracle Access Manager and internal Microsoft Active Directory authentication solution to the Okta cloud-based solution (IESO Gateway). TRA, EMI, Dispatch, CROW (OCSS), Online IESO, Prudential Manager, Reports Site, CRS GUI and FUS applications will all need to be switched over to IESO Gateway in Sandbox and Production Environments. Manual account provisioning for external users in Online IESO will be updated to automated account provisioning. In addition to what was previously communicated, Online IESO API’s will also be updated. As communicated by IESO, the reasoning behind the delay is that due to the number of scheduled changes for September 16th release, some application cutovers have exceeded their expected window for completion. As a result of this, the cutover for EMI and eMIM Web Service are deferred to a later date (to be scheduled) to ensure its success. External users that interact with the Energy Market Interface (EMI) and eMIM Web Service (in person or through automation) are requested to continue using their existing Portal Active Directory accounts and not use the new IESO Gateway accounts. The URL for the Energy Market Interface (EMI) and eMIM Web Service are to remain the same. More information about the IT Release schedules can be found here.
MISO Market User Interface All Users Webinar
With the start of MISO Market User Interface (MUI) 2.0 parallel operations on Wednesday, September 8th, Adapt2 hopes to ensure clients feel well-prepared for transitioning to the new platform. This begins the four-month parallel operations period. Adapt2 has put together three webinars to help your organization best prepare for changes. Thank you to those who attended the first two webinars. The final webinar will be on Tuesday, September 14th at 9AM CT. The MISO MUI 2.0 All Users Webinar is scheduled to review the new changes from the MISO MUI 2.0 implementation. In this meeting, Adapt2 will discuss new MISO products, the corresponding Adapt2 UI parameter codes, and answer any questions your organization may have. Users are welcome to join and share with others who may benefit from these conversations. Adapt2 highly encourages attending to get the most out of the new capabilities and processes. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. When: Sep 14, 2021 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BiAxrB6TQsO9-RB52LUFNA Please migrate to the new MUI 2.0 early and utilize the four month window to address migration issues. If needed to revert back to address migration issues, the legacy MUI will remain available during parallel operations. The legacy MUI will retire on January 18, 2022. Adapt2 hopes the webinar will help answer questions and prepare your organization for these changes. For more information on parallel operations, please review the August MISO Applications User Group MUI 2.0 update. Additional resources are available on the MUI 2.0 website. You can also use the following links to reach the new MUI 2.0: · For MUI 2.0 user interface go to https://markets.midwestiso.org/marketportal/ · Find the “Market User Interface (MUI)” tile and click on the “Launch MUI 2.0” link For MUI 2.0 programmatic use the base URL is https://markets.midwestiso.org/dart2
PJM Fast Start Resources
According to PJM, implemented in 2017, FERC Order 831 required PJM to verify incremental offers greater than $1000. For Fast Start, FERC directed PJM to enhance this process to include the incremental offer plus amortized commitment costs (startup and no-load costs for gen, shutdown cost for ELR) - now known as the “Composite Offer”. Fast Start resources with a Composite Offer over $1,000/MWh, as of Wednesday, September 1st, are screened and validated each time a variable affecting the Composite Offer calculation is changed. As a result of the Fast Start Offer verification change, there are three new MSRS download reports related to Fast Start that have effective trade dates for September 1st and forward. Adapt2 has ensured appropriate clients are ready for the changes. New MSRS reports include: 1. Day-ahead Double Counting Operating Reserve Credit Offset 2. Dispatch Differential Lost Opportunity Cost Charge Summary 3. Dispatch Differential Lost Opportunity Cost Credits Updates were made to existing MSRS reports: 1. Generator Credit Summary Added new column – Dispatch Differential LOC Credit (2375.26) 2. Generator Portfolio Credit Summary Added new column – Dispatch Differential LOC Credit (2375.06) 3. Operating Reserve Charge Summary Added new column – Total Daily DDLOC Charge (1375.72) There were Fast Start postings to Data Miner that went into production on Wednesday, September 1st, also. PJM changed a few download reports to include Fast Start pricing. As part of the Fast Start pricing implementation, the following data publications/feeds in Data Miner will be updated to post Fast Start pricing data beginning on the Market Day of September 1st: 1. Day-Ahead Hourly LMPs 2. Real-Time Five Minute LMPs 3. Real-Time Hourly LMPs 4. Ancillary Services Five Minute LMPs 5. Ancillary Service LMPs 6. Day-Ahead Marginal Value 7. Real-Time Marginal Value 8. Day-Ahead Transmission Constraints 9. Operations Summary - Forecast Transfer Limits In addition, the following feeds in Data Miner train environment will not be updated with daily pricing data beginning September 1st: 1. Fast Start Real-Time Five Minute LMPs 2. Fast Start Ancillary Services Five Minute LMPs Thank you for allowing Adapt2 to bring your organization the most up-to-date market news.