2/21/2019 8:30:00 AM | Pan American Life Center, New Orleans, LA

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6th Annual MISO South Regional Conference

6th Annual MISO South Regional Conference

Online Registration is now closed.  On-site registration will be available at the event with on-site rates as follows:

GCPA Members           $315
Non-GCPA Members   $450
Govt. agencies             $250 


A One-Day Conference on
Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Pan American Life Center
11th Floor Auditorium
601 Poydras Street (Downtown)
New Orleans, LA  70130

Cocktail Reception for all Attendees following the Conference

Welcome to the sixth annual GCPA MISO South Regional Conference. Once again, this conference will focus on the ongoing challenges to MISO South, including southeast Texas and the Louisiana area, and how some of these regional perspectives stretch beyond state borders.  

This year the conference will look at market mechanics and where the future of MISO South is heading. We welcome back MISO President and CEO John Bear to provide his annual look and to start the strategic discussion by addressing MISO strategic initiatives. As you can see, the agenda peers into the future in numerous sessions, but also provides perspectives on how the market is working now with sessions on operations and market metrics. After all, you can’t address the future if you don’t know where you are starting. We close the conference with a CEO roundtable as we hear a frank discussion on where they see the market going.

What would a GCPA event be without networking? You will have the opportunity to meet with many of your peers in the electric power and industrial sector all day, but plan on staying for the reception after the presentations. Mix and mingle, make new contacts, re-establish former contacts and make post-event dinner plans to continue the conversations.

All of this is happening in New Orleans. We hope you will join us.

Tom Foreman
Executive Director, Gulf Coast Power Association






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AGENDA - Thursday, February 21, 2019


Coffee, Juice & Pastries Available



“A Look at MISO Strategic Initiatives”
John Bear, President & CEO, MISO


9:30 AM Session I - What to Do with the Queue?

The generation interconnect request queue is growing in both capacity and diversity of fuel types. What is the 10-year outlook for the queue? How do transmission interconnections and transmission constraints affect the queue? How are technologies being represented in the queue?

Moderator: Kham Vongkhamchanh, Sr. Manager, Transmission Policy & Regulatory Support, Entergy Services

Betsy Rosenblatt Beck, Director, Electricity Markets & Transmission Policy, AWEA
Vikram Godbole, Director, Resource Utilization, MISO
Gary Hutson, Vice President, Power Supply, Cooperative Energy



10:45 AM Session II - To Know Where You are Going You Need to Know Where You Have Been:  A Look at MISO South Natural Gas Supply Past, Present and Future

What has happened with natural gas supply? Did the challenges and issues of the past get resolved or are they still there? And what about the future…will natural gas continue to be a major fuel source in MISO South? Or will delivery and availability issues arise?

Speaker: Todd Snitchler, Vice President - Market Development, American Petroleum Institute

11:00 AM Session III - The Strategic Direction of MISO, Its Initiatives and How They Impact Consumers

Where is the market design headed? What role will Market System Enhancement (MSE) play? What flexibility will exist for consumers? Why should consumers care?

Moderator: Jennifer Vosburg

Richard Doying, Executive Vice President – Market Strategy & Development, MISO
Marcus Hawkins, Director, Organization of MISO States
Paul Jett, Vice President - Corporate Development, GridLiance



1:00 PM Session IV - Resource Availability & Need (RAN) and MISO South Operations

This panel will be a discussion between the MISO IMM, MISO and large consumers. Panelists will address the challenges in aligning market capacity and energy needs as well as the increasing number of non-system peak emergency events. A discussion between the MISO IMM, MISO and large consumers.

Moderator: Ken Anderson, Former Texas PUC Commissioner

Jeff Bladen, Executive Director – Market Development, MISO
Jim Dauphinais, Managing Principal, Brubaker & Associates
Dr. David Patton, President, Potomac Economics and MISO IMM

2:00 PM Session V - Next Generation of Market Machines: Role of the Regulator & Market Participant

This panel will discuss flexible generation, battery storage, solar PV, small on-site generation and DER. Also addressed will be the question of whether this should be a state or federal or market driven set of solutions.

Moderator: David Dismukes, Executive Director, LSU Center for Energy Studies

Leslie Kerr, Deputy Director, Division of Policy Development, FERC
Sam Scupham, Vice President - Emerging Markets, Kiewit Energy Company
Ted Thomas, Chairman, Arkansas PSC & MISO OMS
Randy Young, Louisiana Energy User Group (LEUG) & Partner, Kean Miller



3:30 PM Session VI - State of the Market

This session will review key statistics and market conditions in 2018. Is the market performing as planned?

Speaker: Khai Le, Sr. Vice President, Power Costs Inc.

4:00 PM Session VII - CEO Roundtable

A thoughtful conversation by executives on MISO South current and future. A unique way to re-visit today’s conference topics.  

Moderator: Rich Heidorn, Editor-in-Chief & Co-Publisher, RTO Insider

Devin Hartman, CEO, ELCON
Phillip May, President & CEO, Entergy Louisiana


Registrant Type Early Bird Registration
through 02/05/2019
Regular Registration
02/06/2019 - 02/19/19
On-site Registration
GCPA Members $240 $290 $315
Non-Members $340 $390 $415
State Agency Employees $175 $225 $250

Discounted early bird pricing is available for all GCPA Members, Non-Members and State Agency
Employees through Tuesday, February 5th.
• On-Line Registration closes on Tuesday, February 19th at 12:00 Noon.
• On-Site Registration is available at the conference. The registration desk opens at 8:00 AM.
• Requests for refunds must be received by 5:00 PM on February 6th. A 10% processing fee (minimum of
$10) will be deducted from all refunds.

UPDATE:  We have been approved for 6.25 hours of CLE credits for this conference.

GCPA has applied for approval from the Louisiana State Bar for Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Credit for this conference. We will provide the necessary forms on-site at the conference for attorneys to file for their credits.