Energy Institute at Haas

CSEM Executive Education Course
January 14 - 15, 2008
AGR Hall at the Buehler Alumni Center
University of California
Davis, California 95616





Severin Borenstein, Director of U.C. Energy Institute, Co-Director of CSEM and E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley.

James Bushnell, Research Director of U.C. Energy Institute, Co-Director of CSEM and Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley.

Course Description

Electricity deregulation and the ensuing California crisis have dramatically changed electricity markets. Drawing heavily on the tools of economics and finance, this course will cover the regulatory and public policy issues that these changes have raised. The impacts and consequences of different strategies are evaluated in the context of the continuing changes in the organization and regulation of electricity markets.

Learning Objectives

- Identify market implications of different regulatory strategies
- Examine electricity market fundamentals
- Comprehend basic financial instruments, hedging, and trading strategies
- Understand the relationship between retail and wholesale markets
- Explore the economics underlying transmission pricing and management regimes
- Understand market power and market manipulation, and options for mitigation

Who Should Attend?

- Management and senior level regulatory staff with minimal training in economics or electricity regulation;
- Professional staff interested in post-restructuring electricity economics; and
- Electricity industry professionals interested in understanding the economics of electricity regulation and markets.