Emerging Regional Electricity Market Issues

April 2009

Wholesale energy markets in the United States that are managed by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) face a number of challenges. These challenges are being driven by current economic pressures coupled with emergent public policy, including federal legislative and regulatory initiatives. In the white paper, “Emerging Regional Electricity Market Issues,” ScottMadden will describe the broad level of responsibilities that RTO market administrators must exercise on a daily basis and examine the following challenges that they will likely encounter over the next several years:

  • Credit issues and cash flow constraints
  • Emergency operations planning
  • Grid security
  • Transmission siting and renewables development
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