RTO Insider™ is your eyes and ears on the organized electric markets, putting you “inside the room” at CAISO, ERCOT, ISO-NE, MISO, NYISO, PJM and SPP. We provide independent, objective coverage and analysis of the wholesale electric industry’s markets and policymaking, saving you time and ensuring you don’t miss the issues most important to your interests.
- Coverage of key RTO/ISO committee, subcommittee and task force meetings. We’ll be there when you can’t.
- Coverage of news events impacting the industry throughout the 35 states managed by the RTOs/ISOs.
- Coverage of state and federal regulatory (FERC, EPA) & legislative news affecting RTO/ISO stakeholders.
- Issue Briefs: Concise summaries of major issues (e.g., Order 1000, EPA’s 111(d) rule).
RTO Insider Staff:
Rich Heidorn Jr. — Editor-in-Chief / Co-Publisher
Rich is a former reporter and editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he began covering the electric industry as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware introduced competition in the late 1990s. His coverage won the National Press Foundation’s 1998 award for energy reporting. He later headed a Houston-based startup that produced hourly power indexes and worked as an energy analyst for Bloomberg Government. In between, he worked for eight years in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, where he became a whistleblower — proving he was not cut out for government work. He holds a journalism degree from Penn State University and an MBA from Temple University.
Merry Eisner – Chief Operating Officer / Co-Publisher
Merry is a former marketing consultant and technology professional who with RTO Insider, LLC has launched her third successful business. She holds a BA in marketing from the University of Pennsylvania. A native Philadelphian and avid sports fan, she doesn’t want to talk about the Phillies.
Michael Brooks — Production editor, reporterMichael joined RTO Insider after stints with The Montgomery County Sentinel, USA Today and Patch. A graduate of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Michael lives in North Potomac, Md. A former waiter, he asks you to tip your servers generously.
Ted Caddell — Contributing editor
Ted brings 15 years of newspaper experience (Wilmington, Del. News Journal) and 10 years of experience in internal and external corporate communications in the electric industry (PECO Energy, Exelon Generation, Delmarva Power). He compiles RTO Insider’s news briefs in addition to covering corporate news (mergers, earnings, generation sales). Ted has an English literature degree from the University of Delaware, which may explain why he’s also worked as a commercial fisherman, a roofer, landscaper and spent three years as a roadie for a swing band and orchestra. He now lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., and still doesn’t feel warm enough.
Ben Gardner - Marketing Assistant
Ben Gardner studied classics at St. John’s College and biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent a few years studying the circadian rhythms of the fruit fly in a neuroscience lab. His favorite cuisine is Korean BBQ. He recently went on a road trip across country, only to be rear ended 30 feet from his house. He’s passionate about digital marketing and loves the process of building an online audience more than nearly anything else.
Amanda Durish Cook — MISO correspondent
Amanda has worked in newspapers for over a decade, first contributing to community papers in Michigan before working as a reporter and editor for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. Amanda is an alumna of the University of Michigan and is back in the Midwest where she belongs. She resides in Indianapolis, Ind. with her husband Scott and dog Ichabod. You can find her camping, canoeing, skiing and making her way through the titles in Oprah’s Book Club.
Suzanne Herel — PJM correspondent
Suzanne has been a journalist for more than 25 years. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide, from The Philadelphia Inquirer to The San Francisco Chronicle, where she was on staff for 13 years and served as Technology Editor and Business Editor, among other positions. She is an avid fiction writer and received her MFA in creative writing from Boston's Emerson College, where she was editor of the graduate literary magazine When she was 16, she wrote an award-winning essay that allowed her to run with the torch in the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Robert Mullin - CAISO correspondent
Robert is a former editor with Argus Media, where he oversaw coverage of the US electricity sector, compiled daily power price indexes, and followed developments in the West as a reporter. After a stint writing about California’s cap-and-trade system, he decided to return to the relative simplicity of covering organized energy markets. Robert holds an English degree from Tulane University and a master’s in economics from University College Dublin, where his coursework focused European integration during headier days for the project. He lives in Portland, Or., with his wife, Christina, and son, Henry.
William Opalka — New York/New England correspondent
Bill is an experienced energy writer, with previous stints at North American Windpower and Energy Central’s GenerationHub and RenewablesBiz Daily. He also worked at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Bill has a history degree from State University of New York at Albany and a master’s in journalism from Point Park University. He lives in Glastonbury, Conn. His kids will never forgive him for dragging them on a tour of the Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Station on vacation.