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MISO South Conference & SPP Workshop

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7th Annual MISO South Regional Conference

A One-Day Conference on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

PLUS

A GCPA Special Briefing: The State of SPP

A Half-Day Workshop on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites

New Orleans-Convention Center

1201 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130

Cocktail Reception for all Attendees following the Conference

 

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Download our sponsorship brochure here or call Mary Armstrong, Director of Member Services & Marketing at 281-460-3054 or marmstrong@gulfcoastpower.org.

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MISO CONFERENCE AGENDA - Wednesday, February 12, 2020

8:00 AM REGISTRATION / CHECK-IN - Light Breakfast Available

9:00 AM OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS - John Bear, President & CEO, MISO

9:30 AM Session I - Resource Availability & Need (RAN) 

The transition from legacy thermal units to more intermittent and emergency resources requires MISO to understand how planning, markets and operations must evolve to maintain reliability and efficiency. Reliability impacts of this transition are already evident in the operating time frame. More significant impacts will occur as the portfolio continues to transition. MISO is currently analyzing a future portfolio where 40% of the generation comes from renewable resources in order to identify reliability requirements that reflect resource capabilities in all time horizons and identify metrics to assess system reliability regardless of resource portfolio. This panel will examine these issues from a variety of perspectives and horizons.

Moderator: David Sapper, Director, Regulatory Affairs Mid-Continent, Customized Energy Solutions

Panelists:

Nathan Brown, Sr. Vice President & COO, Cooperative Energy
Richard Doying, Executive Vice President Market Strategy and Development, MISO
Shane Hilton, President, Cleco Power LLC
David Mindham, Regulatory Market Affairs Manager, EDP Renewables

10:30 AM  NETWORKING BREAK

11:00 AM Session II - The 3 D’s

As utilities in the MISO South footprint focus on the future, MISO is asking the question: “What will they need from MISO?” Changes in the industry require that MISO increase its focus on availability, flexibility and visibility. Supply and demand of these needs will vary more dramatically based on different business models and resource mix. Another focus is on customers driving change, increasing diversity (resource, load) and urgency for transitional and transformational solutions. This panel will focus on insights and views on the future direction of MISO South and the utility industry as well as what will be required in order to facilitate and integrate what’s next.

Moderator: David Sapper, Director, Regulatory Affairs Mid-Continent, Customized Energy Solutions

Panelists:

Greg Dixon, CEO, Voltus
Manisha Ghorai, Sr. Studies Engineer, Ulteig
Scott Wright, Executive Director, MISO

Representative from Power Secure (Southern Company affiliated company) - TBA

12:00 PM BUFFET LUNCHEON

1:30 PM Session III - Transmission Cost Allocation & Planning

Two key subjects continue to dominate the discussion in MISO: (1) transmission planning and development; and (2) the applicable cost allocation and rate recovery design. Determining who (or what) is causing the need for new transmission and who benefits from that new transmission remains ripe for discussion. How should long-range transmission planning incorporate and account for the changing resource mix in MISO? Is cost allocation, based on beneficiary pays, a critical and necessary aspect of long-range transmission planning and development? What role should the MISO stakeholder process play in transmission planning and cost allocation? What are the next steps with respect to transmission cost allocation?

Moderator: Aubrey Johnson, Executive Director, System Planning & Competitive Transmission, MISO

Panelists:

David Carr, Special Counsel, Federal Energy Affairs, Mississippi Public Service Commission
Calvin Crowder, President & CEO, GridLiance
Charles Long, Vice President Transmission Planning & Strategy, Entergy Services

2:30 PM What We Talk About When We Talk About the Future of Natural Gas in SPP & MISO: The Knowns, the Known Unknowns, and the Unknown Unknowns 

Speaker: Representative from API

3:00 PM NETWORKING BREAK

3:30 PM Session IV - Industrial Issues

Industry faces ever-increasing competitive pressures in today’s global economy. Power cost, optionality and reliability can have a significant impact on the ability of industry to grow and compete on a national and international basis. Creativity is in demand as industry grapples with the future. This panel will focus on key issues and opportunities for industry with respect to power supply including the areas of demand response, meeting resource requirements, and competitive pricing. Additionally, the panel will discuss supply options including the NIPSCO Rate 831, which was recently adopted in Indiana.

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

Panelists:

Jim Dauphinais, Managing Principal, Brubaker & Associates
Claudia Earls, General Counsel, NIPSCO
Randy Young, Partner, Kean Miller; Representing Louisiana Energy User Group (LEUG)

4:30 - 5:30 PM  COCKTAIL RECEPTION

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SPP WORKSHOP AGENDA - Tuesday, February 11, 2020

1:00 PM  OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Mark Crisson, Board Member, SPP Board of Directors

1:30 PM  HITT Panel Part 1

In 2018, the SPP Board of Directors and Members Committee created the Holistic Integrated Tariff Team (“HITT”) to review SPP’s cost allocation model, transmission planning processes, Integrated Marketplace services and disconnects or synergies between reliability and economic operations. The HITT agreed on a set of high-level recommendations that represent consensus-based solutions to improve many of SPP’s critical functions, with the principal goal of reliably providing the lowest-cost electricity to end-use customers. This first panel will discuss why the Holistic Integrated Tariff review was important to SPP and the industry. The panel will discuss the framework of the recommendations and the implications for SPP strategy and reliability. 

Moderator: Carl Monroe, Executive Vice President & COO, SPP

Panelists:

Dennis Florom, Manager, Energy and Environmental Operations, Lincoln Electric System

William Grant, Regional Vice President, Regulatory and Strategic Planning, Xcel Energy

Tom Kent, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Nebraska Public Power District

Richard Ross, Director RTO Regulatory, American Electric Power

Al Tamimi, Vice President, Transmission Planning & Policy, Sunflower Electric Cooperative

2:30 PM  NETWORKING BREAK

2:45 PM   HITT Panel Part 2 

This second panel will discuss the HITT team recommendations for the Integrated Marketplace, Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation in SPP and the implementation plans.

Moderator: Carl Monroe, Executive Vice President & COO, SPP

Panelists:

Dennis Florom, Manager, Energy and Environmental Operations, Lincoln Electric

William Grant, Regional Vice President, Regulatory and Strategic Planning, Xcel Energy

Tom Kent, VP & Chief Operating Officer, Nebraska Public Power District

Richard Ross, Director RTO Regulatory, American Electric Power

Al Tamimi, Vice President, Transmission Planning & Policy, Sunflower Electric Cooperative

3:45 PM  NETWORKING BREAK

4:00 PM  Seams Issues between MISO & SPP 

As we examine the ever-changing portfolio and its needs, seams interaction will continue to be of paramount importance to continued reliability and market efficiency. While there are many technical areas of seams management (congestion management processes, Joint Operating Agreements, market coordination, Transmission Service, outage coordination, and Interchange Optimization), the focus of this panel will be discussing and considering MISO/SPP seam coordination and optimizing the efficiencies and communications across both RTO and non-RTO seams. Although MISO/SPP have been in continuous review and improvement for these multiple aspects of seams, the kick-off in 2018 by members of MISO’s Organization of MISO States (OMS) and SPP’s Regional State Committee (RSC) brought a new emphasis.

Speakers: Casey Cathey, Manager, Reliability Planning, SPP and Jeremiah Doner, Director of Seams Coordination, MISO

 5:00 PM   ADJOURN

MISO CONFERENCE PRICING

MISO CONFERENCE Early Bird Registration
through 1/24/20
Regular Registration
1/25/20 - 2/7/20
On-site Registration
2/12/20
GCPA Members $350 $400 $450
Non-Members $450 $500 $550
State Agency Employees $200 $200 $250
 

SPP WORKSHOP PRICING

SPP WORKSHOP Early Bird Registration
through 1/24/20
Regular Registration
1/25/20 - 2/7/20
On-site Registration
2/11/20
GCPA Members $175 $200 $225
Non-Members $275 $300 $325
State Agency Employees $75 $75 $100
  • Discounted early bird pricing is available for all GCPA Members, Non-Members and State Agency Employees through Friday, January 24th.
  • On-Line Registration closes on Friday, February 7th at 12:00 Noon.
  • On-Site Registration is available at the conference and workshop. The registration desk opens at 8:00 AM on Wed February 12 for the MISO Conference and at 12:30 PM on Tue February 11 for the SPP Workshop.
  • Requests for refunds must be received by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 27th. A 10% processing fee (minimum of $10) will be deducted from all refunds.
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.