Energy Training & Electric Power Classroom Seminars

Energy/Electricity Hedging, Trading, Futures, Options & Derivatives
This seminar is the energy & electric power industry’s most comprehensive two-day training program on this topic
A Two-Day Classroom Seminar (CPE Approved)
New York, NY - November 15 & 16, NYC Torch Club (NYU Campus)
Houston, TX - December 6 & 7, Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria

This proven program is for energy professionals who are looking for a comprehensive and clearly explained understanding of natural gas, oil and electricity financial instruments, the markets they trade in, and how these powerful tools can be used to manage risk and structure profitable transactions. Click here to register.

What You Will Learn
  1. How to use futures contracts, options, swaps, trigger deals and EFPs to protect your company from natural gas, oil and electricity price risk.
  2. How physical and cash settled futures contracts, over-the-counter energy swaps, and physical forward contracts are traded and the purposes served by these markets.
  3. How the CME-NYMEX and ICE Futures & options markets operate, and how electronic marketplaces and electronic futures exchanges such as ICE, CME Globex, and CME Clearport Services work.
  4. How "margining" works with the Futures Exchange, its cash management impacts, and the role of the Clearinghouse.
  5. What the difference is between an FCM, OTC broker, trader, market-maker and energy/power marketer.
  6. How buyers and sellers can use natural gas futures and options to create price hedges, price caps, price floors, and "no-cost" collars to manage natural gas, electricity, oil, and petroleum products price risk.
  7. What basis risk is, and how basis and delivery risk can destroy your hedging program.
  8. How to structure profitable energy and electric power transactions without exposure to price risk, and what "trading around assets" means.
  9. A summary of industry clearing procedures and transaction contract language.
  10. The difference between brokers, traders, dealers, market-makers, marketers, and wholesale energy merchants.
  11. How electricity futures and derivatives are impacting the forward electric power markets.
  12. How to structure profitable energy, electric power, and petroleum transactions; financially create energy assets; financially turn one commodity into another; and how to make money by buying valuable options from your customers and suppliers for low prices.
  13. Why "Extendible" deals are so profitable, and what "trading around assets" means.
You Will Also Learn
  1. The fundamentals of basis trading, spread trading, structured transactions, and EFPs.
  2. How heat-rate-linked power transactions can effectively convert natural gas futures, options, swaps and other financial instruments into powerful electric power hedging instruments and financial derivatives.
  3. The Master Energy Trading/Hedging Equation, and why trading energy is different from trading financial products and other commodities.
  4. The fundamentals of energy and electricity options, the implications of high energy price volatility, and why energy and electric power assets are really valuable Call options in disguise.
  5. How to hedge energy price risk with CME-NYMEX options contracts.
  6. How to calculate annualized volatility, the fundamentals of pricing options and why the Black Scholes model doesn't work for pricing energy and electricity options.
  7. The put-call option parity equation, synthetic option positions, and how to delta hedge.
  8. What Tolling Deals, Asset Optionality, and the petroleum industry "Carry Trades" are, and how they work.
  9. How the electricity financial markets interact the ISO Day-Ahead Energy Auction markets, and how these two separate worlds support each other.
  10. What the terms "Contango" and "Backwardation" mean.
Seminar Agenda

Day One

  • Overview of energy & electric power forward markets, terminology, price risk and the basics of energy and electricity trading.
  • Liquidity risk, funding risk, credit risk and a brief discussion of Mark-to-Market accounting.
  • What futures contracts are, and why and how they evolved.
  • How physically-settled energy futures contracts are traded on both the NYMEX trading floor and electronically through the new NYMEX CME Globex platform.
  • How cash-settled energy futures contracts are electronically traded on the ICE Futures Exchange and why the crude oil futures contract has been wildly successful.
  • How the NYMEX futures exchange & its new computer trading system operates.
  • Futures-related account maintenance, margin deposits, clearing and cash management issues.
  • How buyers and sellers hedge natural gas price risk with NYMEX futures contracts.
  • How to hedge electricity price risk with NYMEX natural gas futures contracts.
  • What basis is, and what the different types of price spreads are.
  • What basis risk is, and how it can destroy your futures hedge.
  • How traders "basis trade" and why it works.

Day Two

  • The fundamentals of fixed-for-floating swaps, basis swaps, exchange indexed swaps, and contracts-for-differences.
  • How over-the-counter dealers and institutional energy brokers operate.
  • How electronic marketplaces such as ICE and NYMEX's Clearport Services work, how an Internet marketplace differs from an Internet futures exchange, who the CFTC and the United Kingdom's FSA regulates, and why these issues are important.
  • The difference between financial and physical basis ("fin" and phys").
  • Why so many industry participants use trigger deals.
  • What EFP's are, and how and why this powerful tool is used by sophisticated traders.
  • How the wholesale energy trading equation is defined, and what its implications are.
  • How this equation underlies the structure of energy trading books.
  • Puts and calls / Basic option terminology and concepts.
  • The difference between exchange-traded, over-the-counter and physical energy options.
  • What American, European and Asian style options are.How to create price caps and collars with exchange-traded options.
  • How to calculate annualized volatility and why the BSM does not accurately price energy and electricity options.
  • What the option Greeks are, and the basic concept of delta hedging.
  • How to buy and sell volatility.
  • Two examples of structured energy transactions.
Your Instructor - New York

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.

Your Instructor - Houston

Kenneth Skinner, PhD - VP and Chief Operating Officer, Integral Analytics

Kenneth Skinner, Ph.D. is Vice President of Risk & Evaluation Products for Integral Analytics, an analytical software and management consulting firm focused on operational, planning, and market research solutions. Dr. Skinner has over 20 years’ experience in evaluation and risk measurement, having worked as an energy consultant with PHB Hagler Bailly and Financial Times (FT) Energy, and as the Derivative Structuring Manager for the retail energy supplier Sempra Energy Solutions. He has his Ph.D. from Colorado School of Mines, in Mineral Economics, with an emphasis in Operations Research, an MBA from Regis University and his BS in Engineering from Letourneau University.

Dr. Skinner is a nationally recognized expert in economic evaluation and modeling of energy assets including energy storage, distribution and generation, efficiency and demand response, renewable energy alternatives, financial derivatives and structured contracts using net present value, econometric and statistical methods, optimization principles, and real option valuation techniques. Dr. Skinner is currently the technology columnist for Wiley Natural Gas and Electricity Journal and is a noted speaker on energy related topics for organizations such as AESP, IAEE, ACEEE, PLMA, IEPEC, INFORMS, Infocast, EUCI, SNL Energy and PGS Energy Training.

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


Why choose PGS?

PGS seminars are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register for a PGS class today, and join the over 10,000 energy professionals who have already attended one of PGS's proven programs. View Past Seminar Attendees

Hotel and Seminar Information
This two-day seminar will be held at the hotels listed below or can be conducted on-site at your facilities. 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 2:30 PM. The program includes continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on the first day and a continental breakfast and coffee breaks on the second day. Attendees also receive a professionally produced seminar manual that can serve as a valuable office reference. Dress is casual for all seminars.
November 15 & 16
NYC Torch Club (NYU Campus)
18 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003
Because of the diversity of hotels found in the area, PGS Energy Training will not be holding a block of sleeping rooms with one particular hotel. Should you need a list of local hotels in the area, please contact us at (440) 853-1038 and we can help you with your accommodations.
December 6 & 7
Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria
5160 Hidalgo Street
Houston, TX 77056
Telephone: (713) 621-8988
Because of the diversity of hotels found in the area, PGS Energy Training will not be holding a block of sleeping rooms with one particular hotel. Should you need a list of local hotels in the area, please contact us at (440) 853-1038 and we can help you with your accommodations.
Registration Fee and Discounts

Register Today!. The price for this comprehensive two-day seminar is $1,889 (USD).

Early Bird Special:
Seminar Date(s) Cutoff Date Additional Savings
New York - Nov 15 & 16 Nov 5, 2018 $100 per order
Houston - Dec 6 & 7 Nov 16, 2018 $100 per order
Register soon to get Early Bird pricing. A limited number of Early Bird seats are available.
  • Additional attendees and government employees receive a 10% discount.
  • Members of TOGA, AIPRO, INGAA or IOGA-NY receive a 15% discount. Please call (440) 853-1038.
  • Sign up for 4 or more classroom seats during the same month and all attendees will receive a 20% total discount.
    (If you plan to register 4 or more classroom seats for the same seminar, but want attendees to pay by separate credit cards, register one party now and mention this fact in the "Comments" section of the registration form. We will manually subtract the 20% discount from the first registrant's seminar fee and will call you to obtain the credit cards and registration information for your other attendees in order to give them their 20% discount. If applicable the Early Bird discount of either $200 or $100 will be divided evenly between all participants.) Please call (440) 853-1038 for more information.
    Special pricing is available for groups of 5 or more. Please call Janice Ohmura at (440) 853-1038.
Payment and Cancellations

Payment is due prior to the start of the seminar by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, or corporate check. Seminar fees will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made. Please make checks payable to "PGS Energy Training" 26 Teal Lane · Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. Cancellations can be made up to five (5) business days prior to the start of the seminar for a full refund. No refunds will be made thereafter, but a one year full seminar credit will be given toward future workshops upon receipt of $175 which will used to help offset the non-refundable food, beverage, manual and other expenses incurred by PGS. This one year seminar credit is good for any PGS Energy Training program except for seminars offered by PGS affiliate organizations. Colleague substitutions may be made at any time. If PGS needs to cancel a seminar due to instructor unavailability, lack of attendance or other unforeseen reason, you will be offered the choice of rescheduling for another seminar, a seminar credit, or a refund. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

CPE Credits in Specialized Knowledge & Applications

This live group seminar is eligible for 13.5 CPE credits. Be aware that state boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. As of January 1, 2002, sponsored learning activities are measured by program length, with one 50-minute period equal to one CPE credit. One-half CPE credit increments (equal to 25 minutes) are permitted after the first credit has been earned in a given learning activity. You may want to verify that the state board from which your participants will be receiving credit accept one-half credits.

PGS Energy Training is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: CPAs interested in attending any seminars should contact our offices for details on CPE credits granted and any prerequisite requirements. PGS telephone seminars are eligible for CPE credits only if seminar participants use the printed seminar slides - not the Internet posted slides.

PGS Energy Training is registered with GARP as an Approved Provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. PGS Energy Training has determined that attending Energy/Electricity Hedging, Trading, Futures, Options & Derivatives qualifies for 13.5 GARP CPD credit hours. If you are a Certified FRM or ERP, please record this activity in your Credit Tracker at

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