Top 3 Reasons to Attend the First Annual MISO Market Symposium

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]MISO’s inaugural Market Symposium (August 18-19) is just a few weeks away. If you still need some convincing on the benefits of attending, here are the top three reasons you don’t want to miss this event.

1)  An opportunity to engage in discussion with thought-provoking and industry-recognized speakers about game-changing technologies and how energy markets will adapt:

Technology continues to unlock new ways to provide reliable and efficient energy across the footprint. The types of resources that makeup our portfolio are expected to change over the coming decade.


Wind generation has seen substantial growth in the MISO region. Solar and storage are expected to grow too. What changes do we need to make to the grid, our markets, processes and procedures to ensure that these technologies can be reliably and efficiently integrated into the grid as they become economically viable?

With new drilling techniques and new technology, the gas supply in North America continues to expand and access to relatively low cost gas appears to there for decades to come. How do we reliably harness that fuel source?

Distributed energy resources are making significant headway in regions of the U.S. What DER management and operational capabilities are likely to exist over the next decade? What are prudent design initiatives to consider given uncertainty about how the DER market might grow and the variety of ways it might evolve?

Speakers listed in order of appearance:

Richard Doying, Executive Vice President of Operations and Corporate Services at MISO.

David Sun, Chief Scientist, The Glarus Group and former Chief Scientist for the Network Management Solutions of Alstom Grid.

Michael Lustig, Editor, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Cathy Woollums, Senior Vice President, Environmental and Chief Environmental Counsel for Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Scott Harvey, Consultant at FTI Consulting

Paul J. Mitchell, President and CEO of Energy Systems Network

Mark Rothleder, Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration at the California Independent System Operator

Melissa Seymour, Regional Executive Director of Customer and State Affairs at MISO

Richard Tabors, Co-project Director, Utility of the Future Project at MIT and President of Tabors Caramanis & Rudkevich

Michael Milligan, Principal Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Eric Schubert, Regulatory Affairs Advisor, BP Energy Company

John R. Bear, President and CEO of MISO

Arnold Quinn, Director of the Office of Energy Policy & Innovation, FERC

Audrey Lee, VP of Analytics and Design of Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Ralph Masiello, Industry Advisor at Quanta Technology

Santiago Grijalva, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Advanced Computational Electricity Systems (ACES) Laboratory and Chairman of the ProsumerGrid, Inc.

Jeff Bladen, Executive Director of Market Services at MISO

Jeffrey D. Taft, Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tim Heidel, Program Director at the United States of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

Joe Schatz, Manager of Transmission and Distribution Research at Southern Company

David Sundahl, Senior Research Fellow of Emerging Research at Clayton Christensen Institute

2)    Collaboration drives innovation

The energy industry is evolving rapidly. New technology, solutions and regulations come to light every day. The MISO Market Symposium will bring together people focused on innovation in the power sector. This is an incredible opportunity to form interdisciplinary relationships for future partnerships that will help ensure reliable and efficient energy for years to come. Sharing integrative resources inspires research and encourages revolutionary solutions – the type of work that is imperative in today’s energy world.

3)   Continuously improving our suite of market services drives value

We announced our Market Vision in 2014. Since then MISO has invested in research and development (R&D) to uncover new and innovative way to improve our market offerings. The Market Symposium provides greater opportunity to scope out and refine areas of research that can adapt markets in line the 5 Guiding Principles established in the Market Vision.

1. Support an Economically Efficient Wholesale Market System that Minimizes Cost to Serve Load

2. Facilitate Nondiscriminatory Market Participation Regardless of Resource Type, Business Model, Sector or Regional Location

3. Develop Transparent Market Prices Reflective of Marginal System Cost, and Cost Allocation Reflective of Cost-Causation and Service Beneficiaries

4. Support Market Participants in Making Efficient Operational and Investment Decisions

5. Maximize Alignment of Market Requirements with Reliability Requirements of the System

There you have it; three undeniably good reasons to attend the 2016 MISO Market Symposium. Now, head over and register before its too late!![/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”I’m In! Take me to the registration” color=”info” size=”lg” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-thumbs-o-up” link=”||target:%20_blank|” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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