Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals 2020: Background, Purpose, Future

Course Synopsis

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of regional transmission organizations in North America. Attendees will develop a solid understanding of:

  • how and why RTOs were created
  • what their many functions are today
  • how transmission planning is conducted
  • how resource adequacy is managed
  • how the system maintains operational reliability
  • how financial markets operate

The course will end with a discussion of current issues facing RTOs today and tomorrow. 

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draft agenda

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Full series registration is worth 1.7 CEUs.

Day 1 – Monday, april 27 – 8:45 am-12:15 pm CST
(0.3 CEUs)

8:45-8:50                   Welcome

Lori Sakk, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute

8:50-9:00                  Opening Remarks from Dean Robertson

Ian Robertson, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:00-10:30                Background

  • History
  • RTO Functions and Coordination Among RTOs

Suedeen Kelly, Partner, Jenner and Block

10:30-10:45               Break

10:45am-12:15        Overview

  • Stakeholders
  • Regulatory Oversight
  • Jurisdictional Overlap

Marcus Hawkins, Executive Director, Organization of MISO States (OMS)


day 2Wednesday, april 29 – 9:00 am-12:30 pm CST
(0.3 CEUs)

9:00-10:00              Transmission Planning

  • Foundational Orders
  • RTOs and Functional Control of the Transmission System
  • Federal Regulation of Transmission System Rates
  • Regional Transmission Planning

Brian Drumm, Associate General Counsel, American Transmission Company

10:00-10:15              Break

10:15-11:15                Transmission Planning

  • Regional Transmission Planning Process
  • Interregional Transmission Planning Process

Yarrow Etheredge, Transmission Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, Entergy

11:15-11:30                  Break

11:30-12:30                Transmission Planning

  • Integration of Renewables and Generator Interconnection Process

Cynthia Crane, Principal Regulatory Analyst, ITC Holdings Corporation


day 3 – Wednesday, May 6 – 9:00 am-12:15 pm CST
(0.3 CEUs)

9:00-10:30                Markets

  • Overview of Electric Markets

Michael Ferris, Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:30-10:45                Break

10:45-12:15                 Markets

  • Locational Marginal Prices (LMPs)
  • Financial Transmission Rights (FTRs) and Auction Revenue Right (ARRs)/Hedging
  • Congestion Management
  • Market Participants

Megan Wisersky, Electric Planning Manager, Madison Gas and Electric


day 4 – Monday, May 11 -9:00 am-1:15 pm CST
(0.4 CEUs)

9:00-10:30                Markets

  • Market Settlements
  • Market to Market

Laura Rauch, Director – Settlements, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

10:30-10:45               Break

10:45-11:30                 Role of the Market Monitor

David Patton, President, Potomac Economics

11:30-11:45                 Break

11:45-1:15                    Resource Adequacy

  • Demand Forecasting
  • Planning Resource Auction
  • Seasonal Impacts
  • Planned Outages

Eric Thoms, Senior Manager – Capacity Market Administration, Resource Adequacy, Midcontinent Independent System Operator


day 5 – Friday, May 15 – 9:00 am-12:15 pm CST
(0.3 CEUs)

9:00-10:30                Current Issues

  • Cost Allocation
  • Seams
  • Return on Equity
  • New/Emerging Technologies and Clean Energy Goals
  • Western Regionalization

Mike Huebsch, President, Huebsch Consulting Group LLC

Don Fuller, Director of Strategic Alliances, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
Daniel Hall, Central Region Director, Electricity and Transmission Policy, American Wind Energy Association
Matt Lacey, Director, Transmission Business Strategy & Development, Great River Energy
David Sapper, Director of Market Intelligence, Customized Energy Solutions

10:30-10:45               Break

10:45-12:15                Looking Forward

  • Future of RTOs
  • Anticipated Market Changes
  • Disrupters

Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Don Fuller, Director of Strategic Alliances, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
Laura Rauch, Director – Settlements, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)
Evelyn Robinson, Managing Partner – State Government Affairs, PJM Interconnection
Paul Suskie, Executive Vice-President of Regulatory Policy, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

completed 2020 programs

February 21

Members-Only Webex: Economic Overview Regarding the Energy Industry

March 4

Public Utilities Law Update 2020

March 25

Natural Gas – Web conference

September 8

Emerging Technologies – Web conference


Energy Utility Basics 2020 – Multi-day web conference

October 21

Water Affordability – Web conference

Cancellation and refund policy:

  • WPUI reserves the right to cancel this course, substitute speakers, and make other changes to this program or agenda at any time. We recommended that you periodically check this webpage to learn whether any changes have been made.
  • Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals program registration fees are as follows:
    • Member $125/half-day event; $500 for full series of 5 half-day events
    • Non-member $175/half-day event; $800 for full series of 5 half-day events
  • Registration cancellation:
    • Registration cancellation for a single half-day event will be accepted up until 24 hours before that event begins. You will be refunded your full registration fee less a $15 service fee.
    • If you registered for the full series and must cancel your registration for 2 or more of the half-day events within the series, your cancellation will be accepted up until 24 hours before the first half-day event which you will miss. You will be refunded a portion of your registration fee less a $15 service fee.
  • Cancellations must be made by emailing WPUI.
  • You may transfer your registration to a colleague at your place of employment with no penalty. Registration transfers must be made by emailing WPUI.
  • Contact WPUI with any registration questions.
  • WPUI is not responsible for expenses incurred by WPUI course participants.