Fuel Management in Scotland
Due to privatization, the electric power generation marketplace in the United Kingdom is highly competitive. ScottishPower is optimizing its performance with the introduction of a new fuels management system. As part of its improvement program, ScottishPower expects significant benefits by utilizing a fully integrated, relational database system from SCT Utility Systems.
The fuels management software integrates data from the fossil-fuel plant, storage facilities and vendors with information on fuel availability, transportation, quality and quantity. “We expect to enhance the management of our entire fossil fuel process, including fuels planning and forecasting, budgeting, bids, contracts, purchasing, transportation, delivery, quality analysis, inventory management, invoicing, vendor performance and accounts payable,” said Gordon Cowie, ScottishPower`s fuel supplies officer. Utility employees will have integrated on-line information supported by analysis tools enabling more effective decision making. The fuels management system is available as a client/server or host-based application software. It utilizes Oracle`s RDBMS and is available in character or graphical user interface environments. Other utilities using this system include the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Delmarva Power & Light.