OEC’s Smith receives PJM Certification


Kara Smith, operations analyst at Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, recently received a PJM Generation Dispatch Certification.

The designation covers the common tasks performed by those who dispatch generation resources and perform other generation-related real time duties. The certification gives the trainees a baseline level of knowledge, awareness, and familiarity with PJM procedures, tools, tasks, power system operation theory, market concepts, and business rules.

Smith attended multiple trainings, along with weeks of studying and reviewing all of PJM’s operating manuals.

“It was also helpful to study for the test, as well,” Smith said. The test covered eight of the PJM manuals, so studying was mostly comprised of reading, along with attending a one-week training provided by PJM.

Smith interacts with the PJM markets quite a bit. Each morning, she develops a generation offer for the next day and submits it to PJM. She’s also responsible for coordinating with the plant and scheduling generation outages with PJM.

“The knowledge gained from passing the certification and maintaining the continuing education hours will be a great help as we transition to operating all of our own plants,” said Director of System Operations Kevin Zemanek.