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  1. Real-Time Energy Market

    Real-Time Energy Market

    Real-Time Energy Market The real-time energy market follows the actual price of electricity hour by hour and is correlated to physical supply and demand. Suppliers and utilities are required by grid operators to submit a day-ahead demand report (see Day-Ahead Demand) in order to forecast their customers' anticipated energy usage by hour for the next […]
  2. Glossary TBD Related Topics: Electricity Supplier Energy Demand vs. Usage  
  3. Day-Ahead Energy Market

    Day-Ahead Energy Market

    Day-Ahead Energy Market Since electricity cannot be stored on the grid and grid operators must continually balance supply and demand to avoid blackouts, day-ahead energy markets play a significant role in the planning process. Grid operators need to know in advance how much power supply to schedule in order to meet customer electricity demand. They […]
  4. Day-Ahead Demand

    Day-Ahead Demand

    Day-Ahead Demand Since electricity cannot be stored on the grid and grid operators must continually balance supply and demand to avoid blackouts, day-ahead demand plays a significant role in the planning process. Grid operators need to know in advance how much power supply to schedule in order to meet customer electricity demand. A day-ahead schedule […]
  5. Customer Choice

    Customer Choice

    Customer Choice Energy deregulation brought about customer choice in many states throughout the U.S. Prior to deregulation, energy customers were forced to purchase electricity and natural gas from their local utility providers at regular rates. This is still the case in states that are regulated. In deregulated states, however, customers have the option to purchase […]
  6. Credit Sleeve

    Credit Sleeve

    Energy Credit Sleeve A credit sleeve is a relationship between energy companies where one company offers the other a line of credit to purchase electricity or natural gas. Many times, credit sleeves exists between retail energy suppliers and energy wholesalers where the wholesaler will also take on the risk of the market.  Why Would a […]
  7. Congestion Costs

    Congestion Costs

    Electricity Congestion Electricity congestion costs are electricity expenses related to the operating costs of various locations on an electric grid. In order to fully understand congestion costs as they relate to electricity, one must understand the structure of the electric grid...  It Starts at the Hub Each electricity grid throughout the U.S. (PJM, ERCOT, NYISO), […]
  8. Capacity

    Capacity

    Electricity Capacity Capacity can take on different meanings in the electricity market depending on the aspect of the market being discussed. As it relates to electricity generators, capacity is the total amount of electricity that can be generated at any given time at the plant. When talking about retail electric bills, capacity is a charge, […]
  9. Calendar Strips

    Calendar Strips

    Calendar Strips In electricity and natural gas trading, there are two main markets to consider: a physical market where energy is purchased and consumed, and a financial market, where speculation occurs. For the sake of defining calendar strips as they relate to energy trading, we are going to focus on the financial market and its […]
  10. Broker

    Broker

    Energy Brokers Energy brokers act as liaisons between energy customers and suppliers in the retail energy markets and between buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets. Energy broker bring value to the supply chain through supplier relationships, price options, and advisory.  What Are Retail Energy Brokers? Retail energy brokers act as middlemen between end users […]

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