Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals: Background, Purpose, Future 2020

Pyle Center
702 Langdon St., Rm 235
Madison WI

Pyle Center

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April 20-22, 2020

1.7 CEUs available

Registration fees:
wpui and naruc
member — $900
non-member — $1200
(Registrations received 3/30/2020 and after will be assessed a $100 late registration fee.)
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Pyle Center tiered classroom

Course Synopsis

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

12:15-1:15          Lunch

1:15-2:45           Transmission Planning

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

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

2:45-3:00         Break

3:00-4:30        Transmission Planning

  • Integration of Renewables and Generator Interconnection Process

4:30-5:30        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)
  • Federal 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

2:15-2:30         Break

2:30-3:15         Role of the Market Monitor
Beth Garza, Director, ERCOT Independent Market Monitor

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

wednesday, april 22

8:30-10:00      Current Issues

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


  • David Sapper, Director of Market Intelligence, Customized Energy Solutions

10:00-10:30    Break

10:30-12:00    Looking Forward

  • Future of RTOs
  • Anticipated Market Changes
  • Disrupters


  • Laura Rauch

12:00-12:30    Wrap-up and Boxed Lunches

12:30                 Adjourn

Registration includes breaks, lunches, reception, and access to electronic materials.
CEU certificates will be emailed upon completion of the course.
Accommodations:    Each of these locations is one block from the Pyle Center and our classroom.

Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., Madison, 608-256-2621
$115/night; 1 block from the Pyle Center
Click here to reserve a guest room at the Lowell Center.  Group Code:  “RTO

Graduate Madison Hotel, 601 Langdon St., Madison, 608-257-4391
$169/night; 1 block from Pyle Center
Click here to reserve a guest room at the Graduate Madison hotel.  Group Code: “200419WISC

Parking may be available in UW-Madison Lot 46 and in the City of Madison State Street Campus Garage at 415 N. Lake St.

Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals Registration/Cancellation 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:
    • Registrations received before 3/30/2020:
      • WPUI and NARUC member — $900
      • Non-member — $1200
    • Registrations received 3/30/2020 and after:
      • Add $100 to each fee level
    • Registration cancellation:
      • Cancellations received 03.30.2020 and before will be refunded 75% less a service fee.
      • Cancellations received between 03.31.2020 and 04.05.2020 will be refunded 50% less a service fee.
      • Cancellations received 04.06.2020 and after will not be refunded.
    • Cancellations must be made by emailing WPUI.
    • You may transfer your registration to a colleague at your place of employment before 10.03.2019 with no penalty. Registration transfers must be made by emailing WPUI.
    • Contact WPUI with any registration questions.
    • WPUI is not responsible for travel arrangements made for or related expenses incurred by WPUI course participants.