Online Seminars

Introduction To Today's U.S. Electric Power Industry-142 Minutes

On-Demand Recording ‐ Available Now! (72 hour access)

How These Online Seminars Work

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

This easy-to-follow seminar will bring you quickly up-to-speed on both the details and the "Big Picture" of how this key industry works. Register today, and learn how it all fits together.

This proven online seminar features the same material used in the popular PGS in-person classroom training program. Register today and join the over 10,000 energy professionals who have already benefited from an in-depth PGS seminar.

What You Will Learn

  • A brief summary of the structure and function of the six North American AC power grids.
  • Who the participants are in today's electric power industry, and what their respective roles and perspectives are.
  • The differences between ISO "organized" market structures and the bilateral world of the non-ISO areas in the Southeast and West.
  • A summary of utility cost-of-service regulation, rate cases, tariffs, and why regulated utilities are not fans of conservation, demand response, DSM, roof top solar, and distributed energy resources ("DER").
  • Open (direct) access retail and wholesale competitive markets, and how we arrived at today's bifurcated marketplace.
  • State versus federal jurisdiction issues, the role of the courts, why Chicago is an island of PJM, and why "No one is in charge."
  • What ISOs, RTOs, balancing authorities, and merchant ITCs are, and how these participants function and interact.
  • A map of the current U.S. ISOs and RTOs and how we got to where we are today.
  • Why the restructuring of the North American electricity markets is such a complicated issue at all four levels- operating, economic, regulatory, and political.

What You Will Also Learn

  • The difference between ISOs, RTOs, and the California EIM.
  • The definition of for-profit merchant HV transmission power lines, OATT tariffs, and market-based transmission rates.
  • Why it is so difficult to build HV power lines and restructure the industry,.
  • A summary of today's key industry issues and where the U. S. electric power industry is headed.
  • The major issue of state generation subsidies and Zero Emission Credits ("ZECs").
  • The definition of Locational Marginal Pricing ( "LMP" or "LBMP" ) and a brief discussion of its use.
  • What the difference is between NERC and FERC.
  • A brief summary of what the terms resource adequacy, "capacity", and California's FRACMOO, and why these are important issues.

Who Should Attend this Seminar

This seminar will benefit a wide variety of organizations in the electric power, financial and reneable energy industries. Professionals from banks, energy producers, electric utilities, energy marketers, industrial companies, electric generators, and municipals will gain valuable insights, as will natural gas and electric power executives, asset developers, traders, marketers, (sales, purchasing & risk management professionals), accountants, economists, trading support staff, auditors, attorneys, government regulators, rate specialists, plant operators, engineers and corporate planners.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level group live seminar has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required before the seminar.

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.


John Adamiak
President PGS Energy

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.

Seminar Price

$295 for the first attendee, $195 for the second attendee, and $95 for each attendee thereafter
for either the live or on-demand version of this seminar.

Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to seminar attendance. Payment can be made by Visa, Master Card, or American Express. Seminar purchases will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.

Live seminar registrations can be cancelled for a full refund up to 5:00 PM (U.S. Eastern Time) two (2) business days before the scheduled seminar date. For example if the live seminar is on Thursday then the cancellation would need to occur by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the Tuesday before the seminar. No refunds will be made thereafter, but a streamed recording of the live seminar can be provided. Attendee substitutions may be made at any time. 

Due to the nature of a recorded event, no refunds can be made for on-demand recorded seminars. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

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