Power Markets 101 Series

As the focus on a clean energy transition continues, understanding the energy industry will become increasingly important for both the average citizen and up-and-coming industry professionals.  If you're interested in learning more about the power industry and its unique markets, you've come to the right place.  Below you will find resources covering everything from the components of the grid to the history of power in the US to today's modern markets.

Energy Basics & The Power Grid

In order to understand the power industry and power markets, you first need an understanding of the grid.  Learn about electric supply and demand, generation, the transmission system, and the power grid as a whole.
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Energy Basics

The History of U.S.  Power

Explore the history of power in the U.S., covering vertically integrated utilities, power monopolies, cooperative utilities, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the regulatory acts that led to the existing power markets.
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History of Power

The Introduction of  ISOs

Learn what Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations are, and what their main goals are.  Additionally, learn about the existing ISOs and RTOs in North America and a brief history of each. 
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Competitive Power Markets

Once you understand the basics of the grid and understand existing ISOs and RTOs, you'll be ready to explore how competitive markets operate. In this blog, learn about the dual settlement market, economic dispatch, constraints, Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP), and more.
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Electricity Generation Basics

Let's review all things generation. Learn about different fuel types, different categories (baseload, peaking, and intermittent), and the pros and cons of different generation sources. Understanding generation helps make sense of the system of economic dispatch.
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Financial Power Markets & Liquidity

In this blog, we introduce financial markets, starting with their purpose. Learn about security-constrained economic dispatch (SCED), different types of power market participants, and how financial market participants facilitate market liquidity, hedging, and more.
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Financial Power Markets & Trade Types

Explore financial power markets further in this blog.  Learn about different trading types, including virtuals, Financial Transmission Rights (FTRs), Spreads, and more. 
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Yes Energy's      Glossary

There are a lot of terms and acronyms associated with the energy industry and power markets. For a quick reference, here's a glossary with some of the most important terms.
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Other Power Market Resources

Check out our resources page for a guide to other resources that may be helpful to you on your energy and power markets learning journey. 

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