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OATI Western EIM Workshop: Sacramento, CA


Registration for the complimentary OATI western EIM Workshop in Sacramento, California is now closed! Please check back for our upcoming EIM workshops and/or contact us to request a customized EIM training workshop for your utility. 

At this enhanced version of our highly-regarded Workshop, you will gain insight into the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) from Dr. Farrokh Rahimi, Mehdi Assadian, Gray WrightDr. Jim Price, and Paris Amani. These instructors will use their unique experience and working knowledge of energy markets to address the most pertinent concerns of business leaders and energy industry operators as they contemplate the prospect of joining the western EIM market.

The OATI Western EIM Workshop will address the following questions:

  • Why an EIM?
  • What are the similarities and differences between an EIM and a conventional   Independent System Operator (ISO)/Regional Transmission Operator (RTO) Real-Time Market?
  • What are the potential benefits of the Imbalance Market?
  • What are the required infrastructure and potential costs to operate an EIM?
  • How does western EIM operation work?
  • What is a balanced scheduled, and what are the important timelines and operational processes in the Western EIM for Balancing Authority (BA) Transmission and Merchant departments?
  • What are the challenges that BA Transmission Operators have in managing e-Tags, transmission deration, and outages?
  • What are the challenges that BA Merchant Operators have in managing dispatchable resources—balancing energy schedules, meeting ancillary service requirements, and providing resource offer curves?
  • How do Green House Gas policies work in the EIM?
  • What elements are BAs required to consider in order to come up with a mixture of resources to meet energy and ancillary services base schedules within the BA?
  • How can utilities participating in the EIM leverage their demand-side assets to earn additional revenues?
  • What are the main charge codes that BAs Transmission and Merchant departments receive as part of the western settlement?
  • What is the process for shadowing or disputing western charge codes, and what is the time line?
  • What are western settlement cycles, and how do they work?
  • What is the best way to allocate western charge code statement and invoices amongst the BA Transmission and Merchant sub participants?
  • What are the lessons learned from previous EIM implementations?
  • What are planned Western EIM enhancements for Year One and Year Two?
  • What factors should a BA consider when deciding whether to join the EIM as an EIM entity?
  • What factors should an Asset Owner consider to decide whether to participate as a Participating Resource or Non-participating Resource?
  • What factors should a Transmission Owner consider when deciding whether to join western as an EIM Entity or a full participant (Participating Transmission Owner)?
  • Much more

Workshop Speakers:
Dr. Farrokh Rahimi has more than 39 years of experience in electric power systems analysis, planning, and operations. He spent more than 14 years working on the design, implementation, analysis, and monitoring of the restructured electricity markets. Prior to joining OATI, Dr. Rahimi was Project Manager and key contributor for CAISO, including Bidding, Scheduling, Settlement, and CAISO Billing Systems.

Mr. Mehdi Assadian has more than 30 years of experience as an engineer and software developer for the energy industry. Before joining OATI, Mr. Assadian led the design and implementation initiatives for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Nodal Market and worked as lead in the CAISO Market Redesign and Technology Update (MRTU) market interface front office and shadow system applications.

Mr. Gray Wright is a SME about the energy imbalance market with more than 30 years in the energy industry. He specializes in systems integration and holds expertise in transmission computer systems. Gray has led initiatives involving energy management systems (EMS), Energy Accounting Systems, and NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP). Previously at NV Energy (NVE), Gray led and oversaw the success of NVE’s integration into the western EIM. As liaison, he executed vendor development processes, created statements of work, and tested systems for accuracy. He currently serves as OATI’s Senior Technical Consultant where he provides leadership and technical insight to OATI systems and projects.

Dr. Jim Price is a Senior Advisor in Market Development and Analysis at CAISO, providing technical analysis and policy development for integrating energy and ancillary service products in the wholesale market and working with other organizers on regional markets, solutions for integrating large amounts of renewable resources, and reducing market inefficiencies. He came to CAISO after working for the California Public Utilities Commission and California Office of Economic Policy, Planning, and Research, in areas including market development and rate design.

Mr. Paris Amani has six years of experience in the electric power business,
managing power applications. Mr. Amani is currently a Director at OATI where he
manages a team of Project Managers. He is also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for
the SPP market. Mr. Amani was a contributor to the successful launch of the OATI
SPP Integrated Market solution that went live on March 01, 2014, as well as the
western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) that went live on December 01, 2015. Mr.
Amani was named 2012 OATI President Award recipient. This award is given to the
employee that best represents OATI’s commitment to its customers. Mr. Amani was
also awarded the 2015 OATI Top Team Award for the successful implementation
of NV Energy webEIM Solution. This award is given to a Team for outstanding
dedication and customer-first attitude that results in success for OATI customers.

Who Should Attend:

  • Personnel involved in system control, reliability, and planning
  • Power-plant managers
  • Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS) Administrators
  • Transmission Contracts Administrators
  • Real time energy schedulers
  • Personnel involved in system control and reliability
  • Managers, Balancing Authority
  • Managers, transmission and distribution control
  • Personnel involved in planning and technical services
  • Supervisors, transmission system planning and administration
  • System supervisors, generation control
  • System reliability specialists
  • System supervisors, transmission, distribution, generation control
  • Transmission planning engineers
  • IT personnel involved in IT infrastructure and systems integration