Welcome to the fourth annual GCPA MISO South Regional Conference! We had a positive response about having it at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in February 2016…so we will be having it at this wonderful venue again. This conference will again focus on the ongoing challenges to MISO South and the Louisiana area and how some of these regional perspectives stretch beyond state borders.
We welcome back MISO President and CEO John Bear to provide his annual look at how the market is progressing after a couple years of market integration and what challenges remain from both a market operations and infrastructure perspective. Following this keynote, we have a look at opportunities for large end user efficiencies, including CHP and renewable energy. The next session will look at transmission and the various entities involved, both traditional and independent, as they address who is or will provide transmission solutions.
After a New Orleans style buffet, the afternoon begins with a keynote update from Entergy Louisiana President Phillip May (invited) which includes the status of the MISO South cost/benefit study. This leads directly to the next discussion on whether the MISO wholesale power market is competitive. This discussion is quickly followed by a point:counterpoint discussion on the future of capacity in MISO from MISO Independent Market Monitor (IMM) David Patton and key expert Sam Newell of The Brattle Group. After the networking break, we will take a look at lessons learned from the Macquarie Acquisition of CLECO. The day’s closing session will look at the past, present and future regarding distributed energy resources (DER) and demand side management (DSM).