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Northwest Power Markets: Mapping the Road Ahead

Embassy Suites near Portland International Airport

Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Northwest power markets are in considerable flux, influenced by many circumstances, including:

  • Increasing renewable-energy generation, especially in California, with low variable costs and episodes of oversupply
  • Changing retail electric-load patterns, flattening overall but not everywhere
  • Low wholesale power and natural gas prices
  • An expanding Western Energy Imbalance Market and a prospective broader regional independent system operator, with potential implications for bilateral trading and renewables integration
  • An increasingly interconnected and automated Western power grid
  • A shift toward shorter-term markets
  • A likely growing divergence between energy policies of West Coast states and the federal government

A range of underlying factors are affecting how power is bought and sold, including carbon and environmental policies, technology advances, societal and consumer preferences, market forces and a re-examination of the traditional utility business model. Meanwhile, electric reliability remains a central imperative.

This conference will focus on the evolution of Northwest power markets amidst these swirling issues, spotlighting challenges as well as opportunities.

Leading industry experts will explore market structures, policies, resources, transmission, prices and more, to help expand your understanding of Northwest power markets today and where they may head in the future.

We invite you to join us for this informative and illuminating event!

Cost: $300 for Energy NewsData subscribers (individual or organization); $350 for non-Energy NewsData subscribers; four or more people from the same organization will pay half-price for the fourth and subsequent attendees. NOTE: Lunch is included.


Morning Session: Drivers for Change

1. Welcome, Schedule, Logistics 8:30 a.m.

Mark Ohrenschall, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Energy NewsData

2. Primer on Key Characteristics of Northwest Power Market

Charlie Black, Principal, CJB Energy Economics

3. Regional Power Markets, Prices

Moderator: Charlie Black, Principal, CJB Energy Economics

Jeff Atkinson, VP of Origination, EDF Trading North America

Scott Kinney, Director of Power Supply, Avista Utilities

Arne Olson, Partner, Energy and Environmental Economics (E3)

Jeff Richter, Principal, Energy GPS

4. Morning Break

5. Centralized Markets: Growing EIM, CAISO Potential Expansion

Moderator: Mark Ohrenschall, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Energy NewsData

John Prescott, Member, Western EIM Governing Body

Mark Rothleder, VP, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California ISO

Paul Wetherbee, Director, Energy Supply Merchant, Puget Sound Energy

6. Lunch - Noon

Keynote Speaker: Larry Kellerman, Managing Partner, Twenty First Century Utilities

Afternoon Session: Envisioning Roads Ahead

7. Changing Resource Mix & Impacts on Regional Markets, Transmission

Moderator: Shauna McReynolds, Executive Director, PNUCC

Tim Belden, Principal, Energy GPS

Michelle Manary, VP, Transmission Marketing and Sales, Bonneville Power Administration

John Ollis, Power System Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Randy Hardy, Hardy Energy Consulting

8. Afternoon Break

9. Making It Work: Bilateral & Exchange Trading, EIM, ISO and More

Moderator: Scott Corwin, Executive Director, Public Power Council

Stefan Bird, President/CEO, Pacific Power

Elliot Mainzer, Administrator/CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

Mark Rothleder, VP, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California ISO

Steve Wright, General Manager, Chelan County PUD

10. Thank You’s and Wrap-Up 4:20 p.m.

Updated 4/20/17

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