WECC Balancing Area (BA) Operations Best Practices

January 19-20, 2021


Tuesday, January 19, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing (Includes Breaks)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

BA Operations Overview

Managing Planning/Pre-Hour BA Operations in EIM

Managing T-40 to Real Real-Time BA Operations in EIM

Managing Real Real-Time BA Operations in EIM

5:00 p.m. :: Course Adjourns for Day

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing (Includes Breaks)

Managing After-the-Hour BA Operations in EIM

Look Ahead

Lessons Learned, Course Review & Round-Table Discussion

12:00 p.m. :: Course Adjournment


Ryan Kroelinger,  Consultant, Utilicast

Ryan Kroelinger is an expert in Balancing Area Operations, Unit Commitment, Fleet Optimization, Energy Management Systems and the Western Energy Imbalance Market.  As a Shift Supervisor at SRP he led the operations team in the technical implementation of EIM.  He has extensive experience leading skilled technical teams in a wide variety of projects that enable the reliable and economic operation of the power system.  Mr. Kroelinger assists with Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) preparations to join the EIM.

Justin Shearer, Senior Director, PCI

Justin Shearer is Senior Director at PCI.  He participates in all phases of solution development, deployment, and consulting for market participants in the CAISO MRTU and EIM markets. He has been closely involved with the deployment of the PCI EIM suite at NV Energy, Arizona Public Service, Puget Sound Energy, Portland General Electric, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Salt River Project.  Mr. Shearer received both his BA and MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

Suiyi Su, Manager, PCI

Suiyi Su is the PCI subject matter expert on EIM transmission operations and billing.  He led the implementation of the PCI Transmission-Billing suite at Arizona Public Service, Puget Sound Energy, and Salt River Project.  Mr Su obtained his Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida.

Jarod Cannicott, Senior Director, PCI

Jarod Cannicott is Senior Director at PCI.  He provides leadership, business development, and product management for the PCI suite of products.  He has a decade of experience with power trading, risk management, portfolio management, outage management, and bid-to-bill workflows.  Mr. Cannicott received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and his MBA from the University of Texas.


We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.