Daymark’s Daniel Peaco was a featured speaker at the EUCI’s 16 Annual Integrated Resource Planning conference last week, where he addressed the nature of changes in utility planning as regional markets have transformed across the U.S. and Canada. The conference focused on market changes that are being implemented in the Western United States.
“We’re seeing utilities in a number of Western States joining organized markets for the first time. As they make that transition, they are looking for lessons learned and best practices from utilities that have made the transition to new market structures in other regions. By looking at the planning practices of utilities operating in now-established markets in other regions, we can pull from a variety of situations, challenges and solutions to help develop an effective road map.”
Peaco discussed several case study examples of utility transitions and integrations, including Southwest Power Pool, Manitoba Hydro and Entergy, and in Northeastern US markets. He also reviewed some key transition planning observations, such as the importance of thorough financial planning, regulatory needs and evolving planning models.
Daniel Peaco is a Principal Consultant at Daymark Energy Advisors. He joined the Daymark in 1996, serving as Chairman of its Board since 2002 and as its President from 2002 to 2015. He has 35 years of experience in the electric industry which includes experience with a broad set of policy, planning, and decision support advice and analysis.