An era of promise and uncertainty for the energy industry


ISOs/RTOs keep the lights onIt’s no secret that the US energy landscape has undergone massive changes in recent years: the emergence of cost-effective renewables, the natural gas revolution, the wide-scale penetration of intelligence across energy delivery networks, and soon a new resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

All of these changes are impacting different pockets of the energy industry in different ways. For example, independent system operators, also known as regional transmission organizations (ISOs/RTOs) are keeping a close eye on these developments. Since ISOs/RTOs coordinate, control and monitor multi-state electric grids in the US, their viability and success are, to a large degree, dependent on how well they manage through these changes. Though there are only seven players in this space, their importance in keeping the lights on and the economy humming are critical.

The leaders of the ISO/RTO industry will convene at the second annual ISO Summit on March 14-15, 2017 at the SAS Executive briefing Center in Cary, NC. SAS and The RTO Insider are pleased to bring this event to the ISO/RTO industry. Attendees will walk away from the Summit with information they need to help their organizations be successful in the changing industry landscape.

With the theme, “An era of promise & uncertainty," the Summit promises to be a compelling two days spent with many of the ISO/RTO leaders that are shaping the direction of our nation’s energy infrastructure for decades to come. Topics at the Summit include cybersecurity, forecasting, the impact of renewables, analytics strategy, and changes to smart meters. Confirmed speakers to-date include:

  • Rich Heidorn: Editor-in-Chief, RTO Insider
  • Andy Ott: CEO @ PJM
  • Nick Brown: CEO @ SPP
  • John Bear: CEO @ MISO
  • Kenan Ogleman, Vice President, ERCOT
  • Ralph Masiello, Senior Vice President, Quanta Services
  • Mike Smith, Principal Industry Consultant, SAS
  • Jill Dyche, Vice President, Best Practices, SAS

There is no registration fee for qualified attendees, which include ISO/RTO employees and invited guests. We look forward to seeing you at the Summit in March.

For additional information about the ISO Summit, please contact Merry Eisner, RTO Insider, at, or Mike Smith, SAS, at


About Author

Mike F. Smith

Mike Smith is a 26-year veteran of the utility ‘smart grid’/IT/automation, information services and media business, and is currently the Utilities Principal Industry Consultant for SAS, where he is involved in client engagement, thought leadership, and business development activities to drive growth of the business unit. Immediately prior to joining SAS, Mike was Vice President, Sales & Marketing at E Source. He was previously Vice President, Utility Analytics Institute where he has been responsible for product development, business development, and growth of the division. Mike is a graduate of San Jose State University (BA, Economics) and is a veteran of the US Army (Captain, Infantry).

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