Power Markets 101 Series

As the focus on a clean energy transition continues, understanding the energy industry will become increasingly important for 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. Find resources covering everything from the components of the grid to the history of power in the US to modern power markets.

Energy Basics and the Power Grid

To understand the power industry and power markets, you first need to understand the grid. Learn about electric supply and demand, generation, the transmission system, and the power grid as a whole.
Explore the power grid.

Energy Basics

The History of US  Power

Explore the history of power in the US, 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.
See the history.

History of Power

The Introduction of  ISOs

See what Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations are and their main goals. Learn about the existing ISOs and RTOs in North America and a brief history of each. 
Dive into ISOs.


Competitive Power Markets

Once you understand the basics of the grid and understand ISOs and RTOs, explore how competitive markets operate. Learn about the dual settlement market, economic dispatch, constraints, locational marginal pricing, and more.
See competitive power markets.


Basic Principles of Electricity Generation

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 electricity generation helps make sense of the system of economic dispatch.
Take a peek into electricity generation.

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Financial Power Market Structure and Liquidity

Explore financial markets, starting with their purpose. Learn about security-constrained economic dispatch, different types of power market participants, and how financial market participants facilitate market liquidity.
Discover financial power markets.


Financial Power Market Trading and Trade Types

Explore financial power markets further in this blog. Learn about trading types, including virtuals, financial transmission rights, and spreads.  
See power market trading types.


Yes Energy's      Glossary

There are a lot of terms and acronyms associated with the energy industry and power markets. See some of the most important terms.
Browse the glossary.

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Other Power Market Resources

Check out our resources page for a roundup of other links that may help you on your energy and power markets learning journey. 
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