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Today's U.S. Electric Power Industry, Renewable Energy, ISO Markets, & Electric Power Transactions Seminar
This seminar is the electric power industry's most comprehensive two-day training program - A Two-Day Classroom Seminar (CPE Approved)

19 June, 2018 - 20 June, 2018, New York, NY, United States

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Learn ''how it all fits together.'' This in-depth two-day program provides a comprehensive and clear explanation of the structure, function, and current status of today's U.S. electric power industry; the fundamentals of ISO day-ahead auctions, LMP, FTRs, CRRs and capacity markets; the issues raised by the integration of solar, wind, distributed generation and demand response resources into the current power grid; how physical and financial electricity transactions are done at the wholesale and end-user retail levels both within and outside of an ISO footprint; and the basics of heat rates, spark spreads, tolling deals and a heat-rate-linked power transactions. Each part of this complex industry will be explained piece-by-piece and then the pieces will be integrated using several clear cut examples so that attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the industry.


What You Will Learn

  1. The structure and function of the electric service system, its terminology and units, and the properties of electricity.
  2. How the North American power grid is structured, how it operates and what the different types of electric generation are.
  3. How control areas, balancing authorities, spinning reserves, AGC and security constrained environmental economic dispatch work.
  4. Who the key players in the industry are, and why the industry is so difficult to restructure.
  5. How cost-of-service utility ratemaking and open access deregulated markets work, and why open access retail electricity markets are finally developing in states that permit them.
  6. What ISOs, RTOs, ITCs and merchant transmission companies are, and how they operate.
  7. What the smart grid, demand side management (''DSM''), distributed energy resources (''DER'') and demand response (''DR'') are, and how these forms of ''virtual generation'' and renewable energy resources are disrupting the U.S. power industry.
  8. The opportunities and challenges associated with wind, solar and other renewables.
  9. How ISO Day-Ahead energy auction markets operate in PJM, New York, Texas, California, MISO and other ISO areas;
  10. What locational marginal pricing (LMP) is and why it is important; how Day-Ahead and Real Time LMP is applied in the ISO markets, and why FTRs, TCCs, CRRs, TCRs , virtual bids (''Incs & Decs'') and convergence bidding are important to understand.
  11. What capacity markets and resource adequacy are, and how this important issue relates to demand response, DER and demand side management and affects the integration of wind, solar and other renewables into the existing power grid.
  12. An overview of Utility scale solar, rooftop solar, and net metering, and wind and other renewable energy resources.
  13. What the Western Grid ''Energy Imbalance Market'' is, and why it is important to understand Community Choice Aggregators, the California ''Duck Curve'' and ''FRAC-MOO.''


You Will Also Learn

  1. The terminology, concepts and mechanics of physical, financial & heat rate power transactions.
  2. How to transport physical power using OASIS and NERC tags, and how and why companies often move physical power financially causing it to ‘jump’ between regions.
  3. The difference between physical, scheduled, and contract path power flows.
  4. What ''sellers choice'' is, and how transaction ''daisy chains'' form at virtual trading hubs.
  5. How and why physical power transactions are often ''booked-out'' and settled in cash, and why bilateral transactions in ISO markets are primarily financial.
  6. How to execute wholesale and retail power marketing transactions both within and outside of an ISO area- including commonly used contract language and NERC tags; how to manage LMP, basis, delivery, volumetric, intermittency and operational risks; and why NITS, TAC, UCAP, resource adequacy and ancillary service charges need to be included.
  7. How ICE & CME cash settled futures contacts, commodity swaps and FTRs/CRRs/TCCs can be used to hedge electricity price, basis and LMP spread risk.
  8. The difference between operating, economic, market and negotiated heat rates, and what the terms spark spread, dark spread and bark spread mean.
  9. What ''tolling deals'' are, and how the powerful technique of heat-rate-linked power transactions can be used.
  10. How a natural gas-fired generating plant is a call option on the spark spread, what ''optionality'' means, and a simple rule to use to optimize the economics of a natural gas or coal-fired merchant generating plant.


Who Should Attend this Seminar

Among those who will benefit from this seminar include energy and electric power executives; attorneys; government regulators; traders & trading support staff; marketing, sales, purchasing & risk management personnel; accountants & auditors; plant operators; engineers; and corporate planners. Types of companies that typically attend this program include energy producers and marketers; utilities; banks & financial houses; industrial companies; accounting, consulting & law firms; municipal utilities; government regulators and electric generators.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation
This fundamental level group live seminar has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required before the seminar.

Program Level
Basic level. This fundamental course begins with basic material and then proceeds to the intermediate level.

Delivery Method
Group-live.

Each Class is Limited to First 20 Registrants

Hotel and Seminar Information

This two-day seminar will be held at the hotels listed below. The seminar will start promptly at 8:00 AM and will finish at 5:00 PM on the first day. On the second day, the seminar will resume at 8:00 AM and will finish at 3:00 PM. The program includes continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks on the first day. On the second day a continental breakfast, snack and coffee breaks are included. Attendees also receive a professionally produced seminar manual that can serve as a valuable office reference. Dress is casual for all seminars.


Venue

NYC Torch Club (NYU Campus)
18 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003
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Because of the diversity of hotels found in the area, we will not be holding a block of sleeping rooms with one particular hotel.

Seminar Agenda

DAY 1
  • The properties and terminology of electricity - current, power, var, voltage, etc.
  • An overview of the electric service system, and how it works.
  • The structure and function of the North American power grid.
  • How control areas & balancing authorities operate, what spinning reserves are, and how the lights are kept on.
  • The pros and cons of different sources of electric generation ( coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables ), and how they work.
  • How cost-of-service ratemaking and retail open access markets work
  • Why open access retail electricity markets are finally developing in states that permit them.
  • Who the various industry participants are and their roles.
  • Why restructuring today's power markets is such a complicated task.
  • The difference between ISOs, RTOs, ITCs and merchant transmission companies.
  • Why it is so difficult to build new high voltage power lines.
  • How ISO Day-Ahead energy energy auction markets operate in PJM, New York, Texas, California, MISO and other ISO areas.
  • What locational marginal pricing (LMP) is, and why it is important.
  • How Day-Ahead and Real Time LMP applied and managed in the ISO markets.
  • Virtual bids (''Incs & Decs'') and convergence bidding and what their purpose is.
  • Financial transmission rights (''FTRs''), congestion revenue rights (''CRRs''), TCCs, TCRs and TRs.
  • Forward capacity markets, resource adequacy and generation reserve margins.

DAY 2
  • Wind, utility scale solar, rooftop solar, community solar, and the net metering debate.
  • The opportunities, challenges and risks associated with wind, solar and other renewables.
  • The smart grid, demand side management (''DSM''), distributed energy resources (''DER'') and demand response (''DR''), and why these assets are forms of ''virtual'' electric generation..
  • How wind, solar, DER, DSM, demand response and conservation are disrupting the U.S. power industry
  • The Western Grid ''Energy Imbalance Market,'' The California ''Duck Curve'' and California’s ''FRAC-MOO.''
  • The fundamentals of bilateral power transactions—units, concepts and terminology.
  • Common contract language used for bilateral power transactions.
  • Point-to-Point Firm, Network Firm, and Non-Firm transmission service, and how to buy transmission contracts on OASIS.
  • How to transport physical power using purchased transmission service and the purpose of NERC tags.
  • What ''seller’s choice'' and ''buyer’s choice'' are, and how forward ''daisy chains'' form at virtual trading hubs.
  • The difference between physical, scheduled and contract path power flows, and why power transactions have nothing to do with the flow of electrons.
  • How trading floors and futures exchanges help commercial players manage risk.
  • How and why physical power transactions are often ''booked-out'' and settled in cash.
  • How any why companies often move physical power financially causing it to ‘jump’ between regions.
  • An introduction to electricity cash settled futures, swaps, and CFDs, and how these products relate to ISO administered financial transmission rights (FTRs), congestion revenue rights (CRRs) and TCCs.
  • Detailed examples of how to execute wholesale and retail power marketing transactions both within and outside of an ISO area-- including commonly used contract language & NERC tags; how to manage price, LMP, basis, delivery, volumetric, intermittency and operational risks; and the importance of including NITS, TAC, UCAP, resource adequacy and ancillary service charges.
  • The difference between operating, economic, market and negotiated heat rates, and what the terms spark spread, dark spread and bark spread mean.
  • What ''tolling deals'' are, and how the powerful technique of heat-rate-linked power transactions can be used.
  • How a natural gas-fired generating plant is a call option on the spark spread, what ''optionality'' means, and a simple rule to use to optimize the economics of a natural gas or coal -fired merchant generating

Your Instructor

John Adamiak
John Adamiak is President and Founder of PGS Energy Training and an expert in energy derivatives and electric power markets. Mr. Adamiak is a well-known and highly effective seminar presenter who has over 20 years experience in the natural gas and electric power industries. His background includes 15 years as a seminar instructor, 9 years of energy transaction experience, and 6 years of strategic planning and venture capital activities. John's academic background includes an M.B.A. degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Event details

PGS Energy Training
19 June, 2018
20 June, 2018
New York
NYC Torch Club (NYU Campus)
New York
United States
Training Course
ASDE-18526


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