Regional Transmission Organizations

April 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 3:45 pm
The Pyle Center, Rooms 325/326
University of Wisconsin: Pyle Center
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
$100 for members, $150 for non-members
Lori Sakk
Draft agenda

Regional Transmission Organizations

0.6 CEUs

What is an RTO?
How has the RTO model changed?
What are the drivers that will be key in future RTO developments?


8:15-8:30            Registration check in and welcome coffee

8:30-9:30            RTO 101 Overview – What are the RTOs? How and why were they created? What are the differences among RTOs? Who decides which RTO to join, and why isn’t there just one overall RTO?  Sudeen Kelly, Partner, Jenner & Block   Suedeen Kelly presentation

9:30-10:30          FERC, the Independent Market Monitors, and the Regional State Committees — Who regulates what? Where does jurisdiction begin and end? How much weight does an individual state have?  Jay Matson, Bureau Chief, Office of Enforcement, Division of Investigations, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;  Michael Chiasson, Vice President, Potomac Economics; Marcus Hawkins, Director of Member Services and Advocacy, Organization of MISO States

Jay Matson presentation
Michael Chiasson presentation
Marcus Hawkins presentation

10:30-10:45        Break

10:45-11:30        Resource AdequacyWhat is the interplay between states’ resource adequacy power per the Federal Power Act and the RTO’s Reliability Coordinator role? Is a state Integrated Resource Plan necessary anymore? How does the whole market accommodate state, regional, and national subsidies for select resources? Mitchell Myhre, Manager – Regulatory Affairs, Alliant Energy  Mitchell Myhre presentation

11:30-12:15        Cost Allocation — The principle might be “the beneficiary pays,” but why should I pay when the line or the upgrade is not even in my state? Is it possible to measure all of a project’s benefits? Who should pay and how? What is the appropriate way to handle changes in the originally-identified benefits over time?

Moderator:        Robert Camfield, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting  Robert Camfield presentation

Panel:         Andrew Siebenaler, Senior Engineer, Xcel Energy 
                    John Krajewski, P.E., JK Energy Consulting

12:15-1:00           Lunch

1:00-1:45            Seams Saga – The management of a web, more than a line between RTOs. What happens when there are organizations that are similar in function, but different in characteristics, and their seams touch and overlap each other? How do the RTOs manage to function effectively despite all the differences?  Megan Wisersky, Electric Planning Manager, Madison Gas and Electric  Megan Wisersky presentation

1:45-2: 30           Connecting to the Transmission Grid in Today’s World With the diversity of items connecting to the transmission grid, new generation devices are needed to act as buffers in order to help regulate the power flow such that transmission elements are not overloaded in real time. Hear about ATC’s experience with installing such a device and how it coordinates with MISO. Mike Londo, Transmission Reliability Administrator, American Transmission Company LLC    Mike Londo presentation

2:30-2:45            Break

2:45-3:45            “Can’t We All Just Get Along?  — Hear from a panel of RTO experts about their thoughts on the major issues facing RTOs in the near and long term, and join in the discussion on how those issues should be addressed.

Moderator:      Libby Jacobs, President, The Jacobs Group LLC  

Panel:        Melissa Seymour, Executive Director, Central Regions, Customer and State Affairs, MISO
                   Bruce Rew, Vice President of Operations, Southwest Power Pool
                   Tim Burdis, Lead Strategist, State Government Policy Department, PJM Interconnection LLC 


3:45                     Adjourn


Your registration fee includes welcome coffee, breaks, and lunch.

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