On September 25th, Kent Balkenbusch assumed the Day Ahead System Operator position. The position was previously occupied by DJ Smith. After dedicating 7 years to KMEA DJ moved on to a new career with the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
Kent has been employed at KMEA since 2014 and has been a system operator since 2016. In his new role Kent will be responsible for daily and monthly scheduling of power supply on behalf of KMEA member cities. Kent also monitors market conditions, oversees meter data and load forecasting, and holds a weekly operations update meeting with member cities.