Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals 2020: Background, Purpose, Future

Due to COVID-19 disruptions,
the previously scheduled in-person training for April 20-22 will not happen.

We are currently working on an alternative option and will update this page soon.

Pyle Center
702 Langdon St., Rm 235
Madison WI

The Pyle Center at UW Madison

map showing pyle center location
Pyle Center tiered classroom
RTO Fundamentals Classroom

Dates TBD

1.7 CEUs available

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. 

regional transmission organization map courtesy FERC

draft agenda

Monday, april 20

8:30-8:45         Registration check-in

8:45-9:00         Welcome
Lori Sakk, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute

9:00-10:30       Background

  • History
  • RTO Functions and Coordination Among RTOs

Suedeen Kelly, Partner, Jenner and Block

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:15      Overview

  • Stakeholders
  • Regulatory Oversight
  • Jurisdictional Overlap

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

12:15-1:15          Lunch

1:15-2:15           Transmission Planning

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

Brian Drumm, Regulatory Relations and Policy Manager and Associate General Counsel, American Transmission Company

2:15-2:30         Break

2:30-3:30        Transmission Planning

  • Regional Transmission Planning Process
  • Interregional Transmission Planning Process

Yarrow Etheredge, Transmission Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, Entergy

3:30-3:35            Stretch Break

3:35-4:35        Transmission Planning

  • Integration of Renewables and Generator Interconnection Process

Cynthia Crane, Principal Regulatory Analyst, ITC Holdings Corporation

4:35-5:30        Welcome Reception

Tuesday, april 21

8:30-10:00      Markets

  • Overview of Electric Markets

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

10:00-10:15     Break

10:15-11:45       Markets

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

Jeff Klarer, Market Strategist, WEC Energy Group

11:45-12:45      Lunch

12:45-2:15       Markets

  • Market Settlements
  • Market to Market

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

2:15-2:30         Break

2:30-3:15         Role of the Market Monitor
Potomac Economics

3:15-3:20         Stretch Break

3:20-4:45        Resource Adequacy

  • Demand Forecasting
  • Planning Resource Auction
  • Seasonal Impacts
  • Planned Outages
  • State vs. Federal Policy

Eric Thoms, Senior Manager, Resource Adequacy, Midcontinent Independent System Operator

wednesday, april 22

8:30-10:00      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

10:00-10:15    Break

10:15-11:45    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 Company
Paul Suskie, Executive Vice-President of Regulatory Policy, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Southwest Power Pool, Inc

11:45-12:30    Wrap-up and Boxed Lunches

12:30                 Adjourn