Future Power Market FormL
Future Power Market FormL

A Project of

Where We’re
Going

Future Power Markets Forum investigates market design proposals for a deeply decarbonized electricity system.

We won’t know how to get there if we don’t know where we’re going.

Future Power Markets Forum brings practitioners, experts and regulators together to explore practical solutions for efficient and reliable power market design based on the observed trajectory of decarbonization.

 

The Forum looks for market structure and design solutions that are:

  • Reliable: balancing load and generation in all hours
  • Low carbon: incorporating high penetration of zero production cost resources such as wind and solar.
  • Market-oriented: relying on markets and price signals as much as possible while addressing any market failures.
  • Efficient: incentivizing least cost short-term operations to keep the system balanced.
  • Economic: attracting and retaining a mix of capital assets that meet reliability and carbon objectives over the long term.

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Reliable, Efficient, and Low-Carbon Resource Portfolios

About This Topic

There are many technical paths to an efficient, low-carbon grid. Resource mix studies, like the four featured here, identify grid needs and resource options to meet those needs.

The Forum
Contributors

RTOs and ISOs; generation companies and utilities; and trade associations and think tanks use Future Power Markets Forum to study possibilities for electricity markets as variable generation expands.

Cheryl A. LaFleur

Cheryl A. LaFleur

Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia SIPA

Jesse D. Jenkins

Jesse D. Jenkins

Princeton University

Christopher T. M. Clack

Christopher T. M. Clack

Vibrant Clean Energy

Ric O’Connell

Ric O’Connell

GridLab

Arne Olson

Arne Olson

E3 - Energy and Environmental Economics

Cheryl A. LaFleur

Cheryl A. LaFleur

Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia SIPA

Christopher T. M. Clack

Christopher T. M. Clack

Vibrant Clean Energy

Ric O’Connell

Ric O’Connell

GridLab

Arne Olson

Arne Olson

E3 - Energy and Environmental Economics

Jesse D. Jenkins

Jesse D. Jenkins

Princeton University

Past and Future Topics

Past Topics

Explore the proposals for future power markets

Reliable, Efficient, and Low-Carbon Resource Portfolios

The changing generation mix across the United States is one of the most pressing reasons to modernize electricity markets. 

Central Procurement Structures for Energy, Capacity, and Environmental Products

Centralized procurement methods provide a means of coordinating an efficient set of resources and providing longer-term certainty to supply and demand resources. 

Decentralized Market Structure

Decentralized energy markets rely on active wholesale buyers to provide the certainty needed for new resources to be able to finance their investments at low costs.

Future Topics

See which other topics will be covered this year.

Integrating Long-Term Procurement Markets, Short-Term Markets, and Integrated Resource Planning

How much central planning by state or regional entities is beneficial relative to each load-serving entity (utility or competitive retail supplier) making their own choices?

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Research Library

Future Power Markets Forum collects research on pathways to a low-carbon electricity system. While assumptions and methods differ, the scientific consensus is clear: an affordable, reliable and low-carbon grid is feasible in the United States and other regions.

 

Explore research on possibilities for electricity market design.

Survey Papers

Understand the challenges facing the electricity system

Resource Mix

Discover which resources complement each other for a reliable, low-carbon mix

Structural Options

Explore regulatory structures for a reimagined electricity system

Short Term Markets

Investigate options for products and market designs for short-term efficiency

Resource Adequacy

Look at how electricity markets incentivize investment for long-term reliability

Distributed Energy Resource Integration

Learn how DERs can provide maximum value to the grid