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Improving Market and Planning Efficiency Through Improved Software; Notice of Agenda and Procedures for Staff Technical Conference

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This notice establishes the agenda and procedures for the staff technical conference to be held on June 2, 2010 and June 3, 2010, to discuss issues related to unit commitment software. The technical conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EDT) on June 2, 2010, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) on June 3, 2010 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426, in the Commission Meeting Room. All interested persons are invited to attend, and registration is not required.

The agenda for this conference is attached. The presentations will be technical in nature, and approximately 20 minutes in length with 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Equipment will Start Printed Page 30011be available for computer presentations. Presenters who wish to include comments, presentations, or handouts in the record for this proceeding should file their comments with the Commission. Comments may either be filed on paper or electronically via the eFiling link on the Commission's Web site at

A free webcast of this event is available through Anyone with Internet access who desires to view this event can do so by navigating to' s Calendar of Events and locating this event in the calendar. The event will contain a link to its webcast. The Capitol Connection provides technical support for the free webcasts. It also offers access to this event via television in the DC area and via phone bridge for a fee. If you have any questions, visit or call (703) 993-3100.

FERC conferences are accessible under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For accessibility accommodations please send an e-mail to or call toll free 1-866-208-3372 (voice) or 202-208-8659 (TTY), or send a fax to 202-208-2106 with the required accommodations.

For further information about this conference, please contact:

Eric Krall (Technical Information), Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, (202) 502-6214,;

Tom Dautel (Technical Information), Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, (202) 502-6196,

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Kimberly D. Bose,


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Agenda for AD10-12 Staff Technical Conference on Unit Commitment Software Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

June 2, 2010
8 a.m.Richard O'Neill, FERC—Welcome and Introduction
8:20 a.m.Session A—Unit Commitment Models in ISO Markets
Andy Ott, PJM
Mark Rothleder, California ISO
Rana Mukerji, NYISO
9:25 a.m.Session B—Experience, Challenges, and Future Directions in Unit Commitment Models
Art Cohen and Chien-Ning Yu, ABB
William Hogan, Harvard
11:40 a.m.Lunch
12:40 p.m.Boris Gisin, PowerGEM
1:50 p.m.Session C—Advances in Hardware and Software
Jeremy Bloom and John Gregory, IBM
Alkis Vazacopoulos, FICO
3 p.m.Session D—New Designs and Advanced Unit Commitment Models
Kory Hedman, Arizona State University
Jianhui Wang, Argonne National Laboratory
Eugene Litvinov, J. Zhao, and T. Zheng ISO-NE
4:55 p.m.Session E—Test Model Data Sets
Avnaesh Jayantilal, Areva and Jim Waight, Siemens
Richard O'Neill and Eric Krall, FERC
5:30 p.m.Richard O'Neill, FERC—Day 1 Conclusion
June 3, 2010
8 a.m.Richard O'Neill, FERC—Day 2 Welcome
8:05 a.m.Session F—Special Topics
Paul Gribik and Li Zhang, Midwest ISO
Gary Stern, Southern California Edison
9:25 a.m.Session G—Variable Energy Resources and Demand Resources in Unit Commitment Models
Erik Ela, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jayant Kalagnanam, IBM
Marija Ilic, Carnegie Mellon
Dhiman Chatterjee, Midwest ISO
11:55 a.m.Session H—Modeling Uncertainty and Flexibility in Unit Commitment Models
David Sun, Alstom
12:30 p.m.Lunch
1:20 p.m.Jianhui Wang and Audun Botterud, Argonne National Laboratory
Mohammad Shahidehpour, Illinois Institute of Technology
Pablo Ruiz, CRA
Avnaesh Jayantilal, Areva T&D
3:50 p.m.Session I—Forecasting for Market Operations
Audun Botterud, Argonne National Laboratory
Victor M. Zavala, Emil Constantinescu, and Mihai Anitescu, Argonne National Laboratory
5 p.m.Richard O'Neill, FERC—Conclusion and Next Steps
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[FR Doc. 2010-12851 Filed 5-27-10; 8:45 am]