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Third Annual Northwest Wholesale Power Markets: Transition in Progress

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Third Annual Northwest Wholesale Power Markets Conference
Transition in Progress
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
University Place Hotel & Conference Center, Portland


NewsData and CJB Energy Economics are pleased to present our 3rd annual Northwest Wholesale Power Markets Conference, coming May 15 to Portland.

We invite and encourage you to join us and other energy-industry colleagues, to enhance your understanding of regional power markets, including current conditions, evolutionary forces, trends and future prospects.

This year's event is subtitled "Transition in Progress," recognizing that many changes affecting power markets are shifting from discussion to implementation. In other words, the future is arriving.

Specifically, a number of significant developments underway are likely to reshape the regional power system, including:

  • Proposed major legislation under consideration in both Washington (clean-energy standard) and Oregon (cap and trade) would further decarbonize those states' electric systems.
  • Major coal-fired plants are retiring, starting in 2020 with the closures of Boardman in Oregon and one unit of Centralia in Washington. Nearly 3,000 megawatts of coal-fired capacity serving Northwest loads are currently planned for retirement by 2025.
  • As coal units cease to operate, policies and plans indicate more renewables, energy efficiency, natural gas and energy-storage technologies will fill the emerging gaps.
  • With the demise of coal plants and rise of variable renewables, concerns are emerging on how to maintain regional resource adequacy and system reliability.
  • The Western EIM continues to expand, and California ISO is exploring day-ahead market enhancements. Meanwhile, the prospect of a regionwide grid operator has stalled but not disappeared.
  • Natural gas and power prices on the wholesale market continue to be generally low, although occasionally volatile.
  • Overall electricity demand is flattening, although with pockets of local growth.

As these and other developments unfold, this year's Northwest Wholesale Power Markets conference will take an integrated look at key topics, shown below on the agenda.

We are assembling a group of top-notch speakers for the conference, including leading analysts and thought leaders from around the Northwest and beyond (names to be added soon). In addition to opportunities to gain information and insights from panelists, the conference will offer audience participation/questions and networking.

For questions or more information, please contact Mark Ohrenschall, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, NewsData (marko@newsdata.com; 206-285-4848 x. 204); or Charlie Black, principal of CJB Energy Economics (cjbenergy@msn.com; 425-765-3321).

Cost: For up to the first three attendees, $400 for NewsData subscribers (individual or organization); $450 for non-NewsData subscribers; and $275 for NGO/Educational organizations. If four or more people from the same organization attend, the cost for the fourth and each subsequent attendee is $275 for NewsData Subscribers; $300 for non-NewsData subscribers; and $275 for NGO/Educational organizations..

Third Annual Northwest Wholesale Power Markets: Transition in Progress


8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m.

  • Charlie Black, Principal, CJB Energy Economics
  • Mark Ohrenschall, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, NewsData

8:40 a.m.-9:40 a.m.
Current Power Market Conditions: Demand, Supply and Prices

  • Jeff Richter, Principal, Energy GPS

9:40 a.m-10:20 a.m.
Impending Changes to the Regional Load-Resource Mix and Implications for Resource Adequacy in 2024

  • John Fazio, Senior Power Systems Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Tomas Morrissey, Senior Policy Analyst, Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee

10:20 a.m.-10:40 a.m.
Morning Break

10:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
New Policy Mandates for Clean Energy: Impacts on Resources, Markets and Transmission

  • Tim Belden, Principal, Energy GPS
  • Nicole Hughes, Executive Director, Renewable Northwest
  • Margaret Miller, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Market Development, Avangrid Renewables
  • Steve Wright, General Manager, Chelan County PUD

11:50 p.m.-1:20 p.m.

  • Keynote Speaker: Randy Hardy, Principal, Hardy Energy Consulting

1:20 p.m.-2:40 p.m.
Progress Report on Western EIM, California ISO EDAM and CCAs

  • Kathy Anderson, Transmission and Balancing Operations Manager, Idaho Power
  • Todd Glass, Partner, Energy & Infrastructure, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Phil Pettingill, Director, Regional Integration, California ISO

2:40 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:00 p.m.-4:20 p.m.
Fireside Chat About the Power Market

  • Tom Bechard, President & CEO, Powerex
  • Larry Bekkedahl, Vice President, Grid Architecture, Integration and Systems Operations, Portland General Electric
  • Scott Corwin, Executive Director, Public Power Council
  • Wendy Gerlitz, Policy Director, NW Energy Coalition
  • Elliot Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration

4:20 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

NOTE: Names of additional speakers will be posted as they confirm.

Refund Policy: Registered attendees can substitute another person at any time up to the day of the conference. Registered attendees who want to cancel their registration will receive a full refund, if the cancellation occurs a month or more before the conference. If the cancellation occurs between two weeks and a month before the conference, the refund is 50 percent. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than two weeks before the event (although substitutions will be allowed).

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