As a result of CMPAS day-to-day scheduling in the MISO energy market and periodic request for proposals (RFP), the agency has up-to-date knowledge of market conditions. CMPAS also annually hires an independent consultant to perform a natural gas price forecast and a MISO market price forecast for capacity and energy.
Our knowledge of the market positions us to assist municipals in various market analyses. We assist municipal utilities with:
- Evaluating various sales or purchase proposals and RFP responses
- Optimizing market purchases for time of day, time of week or season
- Maximizing profits from the sale of excess capacity or energy to the MISO market or to bilateral buyers
- Optimizing dispatching of resources
MONITORING OF EMERGING INDUSTRY ISSUES
Association with CMPAS gives municipals membership representation in the MISO TO Owners Group and the MISO Load Serving Entities (LSE) Coalition. CMPAS participates in industry groups to stay abreast of the changes and emerging issues in the MISO market and the energy industry.
MISO TRANSMISSION OWNERS GROUP
CMPAS is a member of the MISO Transmission Owners (TO). Participation in MISO TO monthly meetings and conference calls allows CMPAS to keep up with emerging MISO issues. Our membership gives us a seat at the table with larger MISO TOs to discuss emerging issues related to transmission and, to a lesser extent, the MISO energy and capacity markets. The MISO TO Group has two stakeholder votes on the MISO Advisory Committee (AC) Board, which advises the MISO board of directors along with all other stakeholder groups. As a member, we can influence how the MISO TO group votes at the monthly AC meeting. Being in the group also provides us the opportunity to cost share the legal expenses associated with making FERC filings.
LOAD SERVING ENTITY (LSE) COALITION
CMPAS is a member of the LSE Coalition facilitated by Customized Energy Solutions, an energy advisory consultant. As a member of this group, we cost share the expense of Custom Energy Solutions staff participating in all the various MISO committee meetings. They monitor the activities of each committee, identify issues and consult with the group to the desired position or strategy to influence pending MISO tariff changes that affect transmission service. Our participation in their monthly conference call is an efficient way of staying informed. The LSE Coalition also has one stakeholder vote on the MISO Advisory Committee. As a member, we can influence how the LSE stakeholder group votes at the MISO AC monthly meeting. We are also given the opportunity to cost-share the legal expenses associated with making FERC filings.
CMPAS is a member of the Transmission Access Policy Study (TAPS) and Transmission Dependent Utilities (TDU) groups that monitor transmission issues.
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