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POWER SYSTEM
BASICS

  • Working of the interconnected grid
  • Basic power flow concepts
  • Role of loads and their curtailments
  • System planning and operations
  • Reactive support
  • Ancillary services
  • Transmission control
  • Reliability concepts and reliability economics
  • Security coordination
  • The smart grid
  • Transmission expansion and investment

EVOLVING ELECTRICITY MARKETS

  • Market basics
  • Electricity market design
  • The role of auctions
  • Forward markets
  • Balancing markets
  • Ancillary service markets
  • Congestion management
  • Price spikes
  • Risk management
  • Transmission access pricing and services
  • Effective asset utilization
  • Impacts of carbon cap and trade mechanisms
  • Meeting of regional transmission needs
  • Market monitoring and compliance enforcement
  • Seams issues
  • Energy Reliability Organization
  • PUHCA repeal aftermath
  • Carbon legislative/regulatory impacts
  • Implementation on new FERC Orders
  • Role of renewable energy projects
  • Smart grid implementation benefits

TRANSMISSION BUSINESS MODELS

  • Who does what?
  • Transmission business structures
  • Regional transmission organizations (RTOs)
  • Independent system operators (ISOs)
  • Independent system operators (TSOs)
  • Who controls the tariff?
  • What is the changing role of regulators?
  • Who is responsible for reliability?
  • Who manages markets?
  • Who does planning and expansion?
  • Who monitors markets?
  • Merchant transmission projects
  • Regulatory initiatives
  • Integration of renewable and demand resources
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