SOURCE: The Structure Group

January 27, 2006 13:11 ET

The Structure Group to Host Targeted Market Seminars and Client Training in 2006

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 27, 2006 -- The Structure Group will sponsor targeted market seminars on a quarterly basis and monthly product training sessions in the form of one- and two-day sessions at Structure's headquarters or at client sites.

Targeted Market Seminar Series

Structure's Market Intelligence Team (MIT) will host the first of several seminars April 11-12, 2006, in New York at the Millennium Broadway Hotel. The seminar will offer a step-by-step program to maximize profits and manage costs in changing wholesale and retail power markets.

The seminar, entitled "Leveraging Intellectual, Informational and Technological Assets to Maximize Profits in North American Energy Markets," will provide recommendations on operational improvements based on real-world examples and experience gained from working with energy companies across all the North American power markets, according to Structure principal Lelon Winstead.

"If your company currently conducts business in one or more of the competitive power markets, you are preparing to expand your business into additional markets or your company is dealing with staff turnover and finds itself in need of market knowledge training, this seminar will provide a wealth of information that can be put to use immediately," Winstead said. "Since the energy markets continue to change and our industry is experiencing a growth phase, we continue to get requests from our clients for additional time from our Market Intelligence Team. We felt hosting a series of seminars would be an ideal way to leverage our Market Intelligence Team's expertise."

The agenda will include:

--  Market overviews, including drivers, concepts and comparisons
--  Tips on better utilization of back-office assets defined in terms of
    people, data and technology
--  Guides for leveraging people, data and technology in risk management,
    financial and management accounting and settlements
--  Recommendations for improved decision support tools and processes
At this seminar, participants will gain insight into industry best practices, experience networking opportunities and realize the potential for excellent return on their investment.

There is a charge for the seminar and registration is available at or by contacting Laurie Bollig at 913.221.6923 or via email at

Client Training Sessions

Client training classes scheduled for late January at Structure's headquarters include SPP Market Readiness Training -- Settlements in the SPP RTO, slated for January 27. Training already completed in January included an SPP market readiness course focusing on trading, scheduling and operating in the RTO, a Northeast market concepts training and nMarket settlements training for PJM.

Based on client feedback, Structure began offering formalized training hosted at its Software Development Center located in Houston in late 2005. The course topics offered at that time were driven by the major market changes being addressed by Structure nMarket® products.

"We are excited to build upon the momentum and positive feedback we received from the training courses we offered before the 2005 Structure nMarket Users Group Meeting in San Antonio," Structure principal Amy Zupon said. "We continually ask for client input into the direction of our training courses, so we are able to shape our agenda based on their needs."

There is a charge for the training and registration and more information is available by contacting Matt Haggerty at 832.553.1501 or via email at

About The Structure Group

The Structure Group is a leading provider of energy trading business solutions and consulting services to market participants in North America and Europe. Established in 1998, Structure has experience working with organizations in all stages of the energy value chain. Structure introduced nMarket® in 2000 to assist energy organizations with the bidding, scheduling, dispatch and settlement of energy trades and ancillary services in regional power markets. Power marketers who participate in the California, ERCOT, Midwest, New England, New York, PJM, SPP and Ontario markets are currently using the product. For more information about The Structure Group, visit or contact us directly at

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