REGIONAL TRANSMISSION ORGANIZATION FUNDAMENTALS 2021: Background, Purpose, Future

Program dates:

April 20, 21, 23, 28 & 30, 2021



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. 

2021 flyer RTO Fundamentals

national association of regulatory utility commissioners white and blue logo

regional transmission organization map courtesy FERC

2021 PROGRAMS

October 27
Water Utilities Partnering for Success – Web Conference

COMPLETED 2021 PROGRAMS

February 12
Members-only Program: Utility Economic Overview for 2021 – Web Conference
March 3 
Public Utilities Law Update 2021 – Web Conference
March 16
Energy Storage – Web Conference
June 16
Overview of Hydrogen Technologies – Members-only Web Conference
September 14
Transformation of the Utility Industry – Web Conference
September 21-23, 28 & 29 and October 5-8
Energy Utility Basics – Web Conference

 

DRAFT AGENDA

Web conference
1.6 CEUs for Full Series.
CEUs for each single-day event listed below.


Day 1 – Tuesday, April 20 – 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Central Time
(0.3 CEUs)

Background:

History
RTO Functions and Coordination Among RTOs

Overview:

Stakeholders
Regulatory Oversight
Jurisdictional Overlap


Day 2 Wednesday, April 21 – 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Central Time
(0.3 CEUs)

Transmission Planning:

Foundational Orders
RTOs and Functional Control of the Transmission System
Federal Regulation of Transmission System Rates
Regional Transmission Planning Process
Interregional Transmission Planning Process
Integration of Renewables and Generator Interconnection Process


Day 3 – Friday, April 23 – 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Central Time
(0.3 CEUs)

Markets:

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


Day 4 – Wednesday, April 28 – 9:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Central Time
(0.4 CEUs)

Markets:

Market Settlements
Market to Market

Role of the Market Monitor

Resource Adequacy:

Demand Forecasting
Planning Resource Auction
Seasonal Impacts
Planned Outages


Day 5 – Friday, April 30 – 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Central Time
(0.3 CEUs)

Current Issues – Panel:

Customer Participation & Governance
Western Regionalization
Seams
New/Emerging Technologies and Clean Energy Goals
Cost Allocation

Looking Forward – Panel:

Future of RTOs
Anticipated Market Changes
Disrupters