USEA has been working with USAID to develop capacity-building activities to support USAID partner countries efforts to incorporate non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) onto their grids while maintaining or improving system reliability and accommodating expected growth in demand. These capacity-building efforts include organize a series of webinars presented by independent market monitors throughout the U.S. as well as internationally.

These webinars seek to improve knowledge in the wholesale electricity market sector and among Colombian government officials who work with the sector about the role of the independent market monitor, different ways of overseeing the market in the U.S. and other countries, and to share some ideas about best practices in this area. This effort is funded by the USAID Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI).

The Independent Market Monitor (IMM) is an organization or individual retained by an Independent System Operator (ISO), the electricity regulator, or another agency to impartially implement Market Monitoring and Mitigation (MMM) business practices. The IMM may report directly to the ISO’s Board of Directors, or to regulators or to other instances and monitors activities of Market Participants and Local Balancing Authorities without interference from the ISO or state regulatory agencies.

To guarantee a properly functioning wholesale market, some degree of oversight is needed to: 1) detect attempts to exercise market power and fraudulent behavior, 2) monitor market performance, 3) identify market design imperfections, 4) supervise efforts to prevent transmission and generation blackouts, and 5) monitor market activities and transactions.

February 2nd, 2021
This webinar will feature a presentation by Scott Johnston, director at the Australian Energy Regulator. He will discuss how market monitoring takes place within Australia’s electricity-market framework.
March 31st, 2020
This webinar will feature presentations by Jose Sanhueza, Economist at the Market Monitoring Unit of Chile’s National Electrical Coordinator; and Camilo Tautiva, Unit Coordinator, Market Monitoring Unit for Electricity and Gas, Superintendencia de Servicios Públicos Domiciliarios. They will discuss how market monitoring takes place within their country’s electricity-market frameworks.
February 11th, 2020

The United States Energy Association, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development under our Energy Utility Partnership Program are pleased to invite you to our latest webinar on Independent Market Monitors (IMM) for the wholesale electricity market. We will be redoing the second of our presentations from the October workshop in Cartagena, with Dr. Eric Hildebrandt of CAISO. Dr. Hildebrandt will be discussing the role and organization of the IMM in CAISO with comparisons to other U.S. electricity markets.

September 3rd, 2019

Joseph Bowring, President of Marketing Analytics, the Independent Market Monitor for PJM, discussed the role of Monitoring Analytics in monitoring PJM, its current structure and operations, its online market monitoring and technological platforms, and the importance of independent market monitoring. This is the second in a series of webinars on Independent Market Monitors organized by the Energy Utility Partnership Program under USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3).

July 30th, 2019

Robert Sinclair, Vice President of Potomac Economics, presented on the Independent Market Monitor for MISO, NYISO, ISO NE, ERCOT. 

The Independent Market Monitor (IMM) is an organization or individual retained by an ISO to impartially implement Market Monitoring and Mitigation (MMM) business practices. The webinar covers the current structure and operation of the monitoring unit, online market monitoring and technological platforms, and the applications of market monitoring.

January 30th, 2019

Dr. Mario DePillis, the Chief Economist Associate Consultant at ESTA, and Director of the Independent Market Monitor for the Mexican wholesale electricity market, will be presenting.