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Generation Control and Performance Management

El Centro, CA
This is a salaried, temp-to-hire role
$42.34 / hr

Under general direction, oversees, coordinates, plans and integrates generation resource plans by maintaining load-interchange-generation balance within the district control area; maintains interconnection frequency and control performance compliance; coordinates and communicates with power generation facilities personnel to ensure tariff contract compliance; administers contract provisions, including reconciliation of metering and actual generation, energy balancing and ancillary services. Performs other duties as assigned.

  • The incumbent carries out responsibilities in accordance with the NERC, WECC and FERC standards, directives and applicable laws;
  • Interacts and participates in regional planning meetings and/or other governmental entities outside of the district.
  • The incumbent is expected to be available on a 24-hour basis to respond to questions regarding system operations.
The examples of essential functions listed below are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive and incumbent may be assigned other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position.

1. Oversees district transmission tariffs with multiple privately owned power generation facilities; communicates with district internal power generation facilities to maintain and coordinate contracts to resolve problems and to ensure contractual compliance provisions and obligations are met on a daily basis.

2. Oversees schedules, creates contracts and reconciles district metering interface of power generation facilities generation against generation and production from power generators and directs dispatchers as required.

3. Reviews and prepares monthly settlement of power generation facilities generation, discrepancies or corrective actions and ancillary services to reconcile base billing on contractual terms.

4. Develops resource plans including budgeting and controls for power generation facilities transmission, generation, line loss recovery and ancillary service plans for use of the district's transmission system.

5. Makes recommendations on metering interface standards to power generation facilities.

6. Receives and implements operational plans and commitments from generation operators within the district control area; coordinates events with regional reliability coordinators to analyze; directs generators operators to implement re-dispatch for congestion management as directed by the reliability authority.

7. Directs personnel, manages generator resources to ensure generation balance in real time; deploys interconnected operations services to ensure balance in coordination with the reliability authority.

8. Calculates area control error and frequency response parameters within the district control area.

9. Monitors and reports control performance standards and disturbance recovery ensuring compliance with NERC and WECC criteria.

1. Directs power dispatchers to determine real-time hourly power generation facilities generation and ramp schedules and forecasts of expected geothermal generation; approves transactions from ramping ability perspective.

2. Performs other duties as assigned

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's degree with a major in business, economics or engineering and;
  • Two years of increasingly responsible experience in electrical power system transmission and distribution operations.
  • Progressively responsible directly related experience may be substituted for the required education at the ratio of two years of experience for one year of education required.
  • A valid driver's license issued by the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles is required.
  • District Substation Awareness Certification must be obtained within probationary period.
  • Knowledge of Power system operations; mathematics; NERC; Federal Electric Regulatory Commission; and Western Electricity Coordinating Council standards and regulations;
  • Independent system operator congestion, unscheduled flow conditions and day-ahead transmission markets; power accounting principles and practices and metering and generation reconciliation processes;
  • Power plan economics; current industry trends, technical industry advancement, regulatory changes, industry reliability standards and regulations; energy management system;
  • Power generation facilities transmission contracts, electrical rates and electrical theory and practice as applied to power transmission lines and associated equipment; district power system and facility locations.
  • Ability to follow current NERC, WECC regulations and guidelines;
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, legal documents or governmental regulations;
  • Able to exercise sound judgment and reasoning ability under normal and emergency conditions;
  • Perform computation and record data accurately; maintain personal computer database records;
  • Convey instructions accurately and expeditiously during emergency situations;
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends, technical industry advancements, regulatory changes, adherence to industry or district reliability standards and changes to the utility or regional system reliability standards or regulations;
  • Calculate figures and amounts such as reductions, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and energy accounting;
  • Ability to understand safety rules and regulations and work safely; be prompt and regular in attendance; maintain effective relations with general public, private and/or public agencies or utilities and staff; and work courteously and cooperatively with employees, public and private agency representatives, utility representatives, vendors, consultants, brokers and the general public.
Tools and Equipment Used:
General office equipment, computer, internet web-based vendor products by Open Access Technology International such as WebOASIS, Webtrans, WebSAS and energy trading systems, Southwest Reserve Sharing Group program, OATI energy accounting applications, current energy management systems, telephone, fax, copy machine, computer printout, manuals, code books, reference books and vehicle.

​​​​​​​Tags: Project Management, Power Distribution, Engineer, NERC, Electric, Power Systems, Regulatory, Commission, WECC, Energy

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