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The U.S. Power Industry, ISO Markets, Electric Power Transactions, & Renewable Energy Resources - 2 Day Seminar (Hilton Head Island, United States - October 22-23, 2019) -


The "In Depth: The U.S. Power Industry, ISO Markets, Electric Power Transactions, & Renewable Energy Resources" conference has been added to's offering.

This in-depth, ambitious and fast-paced program provides a comprehensive and clear explanation of the structure, function, and current status of today's U. S. electric power industry and the many industry topics listed below.

It also adds material to address the fundamentals of power marketing and how competitive physical, financial and heat rate power transactions are designed and executed at the wholesale and end-user retail levels - both within and outside of an ISO footprint.

The basics of heat rates, spark spreads, tolling deals, generation optionality, and heat-rate-linked power transactions are also addressed.

Before addressing power marketing and transactions, this fast-paced seminar provides a comprehensive and clear explanation of the structure, function, and current status of today's U. S. electric power industry.

Each part of this complex industry will be explained piece-by-piece, and then the pieces will be integrated so that attendees will leave with an understanding of how it all fits together.


Day 1

  • The properties and terminology of electricity - current, power, var, voltage, etc.
  • An overview of the electric service system, and how it works.
  • The structure and function of the North American power grid.
  • How control areas & balancing authorities operate, what spinning reserves are, and how the lights are kept on.
  • The pros and cons of different sources of electric generation ( coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables ), and how they work.
  • How cost-of-service ratemaking and retail open access markets work
  • Why open access retail electricity markets are finally developing in states that permit them.
  • Who the various industry participants are and their roles.
  • Why restructuring today's power markets is such a complicated task.
  • The difference between ISOs, RTOs, ITCs and merchant transmission companies.
  • Why it is so difficult to build new high voltage power lines.
  • How ISO Day-Ahead energy energy auction markets operate in PJM, New York, Texas, California, MISO and other ISO areas.
  • What locational marginal pricing (LMP) is, and why it is important.
  • How Day-Ahead and Real Time LMP applied and managed in the ISO markets.
  • Virtual bids (Incs & Decs) and convergence bidding and what their purpose is.
  • Financial transmission rights (FTRs), congestion revenue rights (CRRs), TCCs, TCRs and TRs.
  • Forward capacity markets, resource adequacy and generation reserve margins.

Day 2

  • Wind, utility scale solar, rooftop solar, community solar, and the net metering debate.
  • The opportunities, challenges and risks associated with wind, solar and other renewables.
  • The smart grid, demand side management (DSM), distributed energy resources (DER) and demand response (DR), and why these assets are forms of virtual electric generation..
  • How wind, solar, DER, DSM, demand response and conservation are disrupting the U.S. power industry
  • The Western Grid "Energy Imbalance Market," The California "Duck Curve" and California's FRAC-MOO.
  • The fundamentals of bilateral power transactionsunits, concepts and terminology.
  • Common contract language used for bilateral power transactions.
  • Point-to-Point Firm, Network Firm, and Non-Firm transmission service, and how to buy transmission contracts on OASIS.
  • How to transport physical power using purchased transmission service and the purpose of NERC tags.
  • What "seller's choice and buyer's choice are, and how forward "daisy chains" form at virtual trading hubs.
  • The difference between physical, scheduled and contract path power flows, and why power transactions have nothing to do with the flow of electrons.
  • How trading floors and futures exchanges help commercial players manage risk.
  • How and why physical power transactions are often booked-out and settled in cash.
  • How any why companies often move physical power financially causing it to jump' between regions.
  • An introduction to electricity cash settled futures, swaps, and CFDs, and how these products relate to ISO administered financial transmission rights (FTRs), congestion revenue rights (CRRs) and TCCs.
  • Detailed examples of how to execute wholesale and retail power marketing transactions both within and outside of an ISO area - including commonly used contract language & NERC tags; how to manage price, LMP, basis, delivery, volumetric, intermittency and operational risks; and the importance of including NITS, TAC, UCAP, resource adequacy and ancillary service charges.
  • The difference between operating, economic, market and negotiated heat rates, and what the terms spark spread, dark spread and bark spread mean.
  • What "tolling deals" are, and how the powerful technique of heat-rate-linked power transactions can be used.
  • How a natural gas-fired generating plant is a call option on the spark spread, what "optionality" means, and a simple rule to use to optimize the economics of a natural gas or coal -fired merchant generating

For more information about this conference visit
Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
[email protected]
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Source: Business Wire (September 12, 2019 - 8:57 AM EDT)

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