Energy Training & Electric Power Classroom Seminars

Fundamentals of Today's U.S. Electric Power Industry, the Smart Grid, ISO Markets & Wholesale Power Transactions
A Two-Day Classroom Seminar (CPE Approved)
Houston, TX - December 9 & 10, Courtyard Marriott Houston by the Galleria

If you find today's electric power industry difficult to understand, you are not alone.

This in-depth two-day program provides a comprehensive and clear explanation of the structure, function and current status of today's U. S. electric power industry. The seminar also addresses the smart grid, renewable power sources, ISO day-ahead auction markets, LMP, FTRs, power marketing within and outside of ISOs, and how physical and financial power is traded by industry participants conterparty-to-counterparty and on the Intercontinental ("ICE")and Chicago Mercantile ("CME") Exchanges. The impact of the new Dodd-Frank Law is also addressed. Click here to register.

What You Will Learn
  1. The structure and function of the electric service system, its terminology and units, and the properties of electricity.
  2. How the North American power grid is structured and how it operates; how the major sources of electric generation work ( coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables ) and the issues they face; how control areas, spinning reserves, AGC and economic dispatch works.
  3. Who the key players in the industry are, and why the industry is so difficult to restructure.
  4. The differences between cost-of-service regulation, open access markets, ISOs, transcos, ITCs, RTOs, and ICTs.
  5. What the "smart grid" is, a summary of the different business models being tested, a discussion of the key issues and and how the smart grid is likely to develop.
  6. The major issues facing Demand Response, wind energy, solar and other renewables and how these generation sources relate to the proposed FERC Order 1000 buildout of the backbone power grid.
  7. How ISO Day-Ahead auction markets operate, or will operate, in PJM, New York, Texas, California and other markets; what locational marginal pricing (LMP) is, and why it is important; how LMP is applied in the ISO markets, and why FTRs, TCCs, CRRs, TLRs, RPM and forward capacity markets are important concepts to understand. (The seminars presented at the Houston and California locations will discuss the Texas and California/Western Power markets respectively. Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. seminars will focus on PJM, MISO and the New York ISO.)
  8. The structure and characteristics of the wholesale bilateral spot and forward physical and financial power markets.
  9. The terminology, concepts and mechanics of bulk power trading, and the difference between physical, scheduled and contract path power flows.
  10. Why open access retail electricity markets may finally now develop.
  11. The basics of executing a wholesale power transaction - including common contract language and what NERC tags are.
  12. What "sellers choice is", and how forward "daisy chains" form at virtual trading hubs.
  13. How to financially trade physical power with financial bookouts.
  14. An overview of the three different types of forward electricity markets: physical, over-the-counter financial and CME & ICE swap futures.
  15. The basics of the CME & ICE electricity swap futures contracts, and how these contracts can be used to hedge electricity price risk.
  16. How the Dodd-Frank law implementation is impacting power markets.
  17. An introduction to electricity swaps and Cfds and how these relate to ISO financial transmission rights (FTRs, CRRs and TCCs).
  18. The definition of heat rates, spark spreads, dark spreads and heat-rate-linked power transactions.
Seminar Agenda
  • The properties and terminology of electricity - current, power, var, voltage, etc
  • An overview of the electric service system, and how it works
  • The pros and cons of different sources of electric generation ( coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables ), and how they work.
  • The structure and function of the North American power grid.
  • Who the various industry participants are and their roles.
  • Why restructuring today's power markets is such a complicated task.
  • How control areas function, what spinning reserves are, and how the lights are kept on.
  • A summary of FERC Orders 888, 889, & 2000
  • The difference between ISOs, ITCs, Transcos and RTOs.
  • What TLRs, ATC, OASIS, pancaking rates, shrinkage, economic dispatch and other terms mean.
  • What locational Marginal Pricing (LMP) is and why it's used
  • What the "smart grid" is, a summary of the different business models being tested, a discussion of the key issues and and how the smart grid is likely to develop.
  • The major issues facing wind energy, solar and other renwables and how these generation sources relate to the proposed buildout of the backbone power grid.
  • The difference between auction and bilateral bulk power markets and the pros & cons of each
  • The fundamentals of the PJM, MISO, ERCOT or California wholesale market (Depending on seminar location) and the role of LMP
  • How the PJM/MISO/ERCOT/California two-settlement energy and Day-Ahead markets operate, or will operate.
  • The meaning of the terms "RPM" and "Forward Capacity Markets " and why this issue is important.
  • A summary of the key issues of today and where the U. S. electric power industry is headed, including a discussion of the smart grid, renewable energy and the building of new transmission lines..
  • The pros & cons of PJM's RPM generation capacity planning proposal versus MISO's energy-only market-based approach.
  • What PJM FTRs are; their equivalent names in other ISOs, and how and why these financial instruments are used.
  • An overview of the similarities and differences between the PJM, New York, New England, MISO, ERCOT and/or California markets. (Depending on seminar location)
  • The fundamentals of bilateral bulk power trading units and terminology.
  • The three different types of wholesale forward power markets.
  • Common contract language used for bilateral power transactions.
  • What OASIS & NERC tags are.
  • How power marketers and traders use "sellers choice" to buy and sell forward power at "virtual hubs" across North America.
Your Instructor - Houston

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.

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?

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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 4:30 PM on the first day. On the second day, the seminar will resume at 8:00 AM and will finish at 12:00 PM (noon). The program includes continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks. Attendees also receive a professionally produced seminar manual that can serve as a valuable office reference. Dress is casual for all seminars.
December 9 & 10
Courtyard Marriott Houston by the Galleria
2900 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056
Telephone: 713-622-3611
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 $1,595 (USD).

  • 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. 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. PGS will not be responsible for any airline, hotel or other fees in such situations. 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 11.0 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 education (CPE) credits. PGS Energy Training has determined that this program qualifies for 11.0 credit hours. If you are a GARP CPE participant, please record this activity in your Credit Tracker at Please inform PGS Energy Training that you are a GARP CPE participant upon seminar registration.

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