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Power Systems Analyst

at City of Glendale, CA

Posted: 5/13/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2428591

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

The Position

Under general direction, positions in this series perform responsible analytical, technical and professional duties used in the operation of a municipal electric utility.

Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
Ensures the scheduling of all physical electrical energy so as not to exceed any generation capacity limits or transmission line limits.

Monitors power resource availability and recommends alternatives to the Energy Marketer/Trader; coordinates forward and day-ahead wholesale power scheduling activities with counterparties and control areas; creates and/or approves North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) e-tags as needed.

Monitors planned and unplanned maintenance activities and outages; coordinates and communicates resource availability/curtailments, path restrictions, and line outages for trading, scheduling and planning purposes.

Verifies, inputs, and adjusts physical flows and financial volumes into the City's Energy Trading and Risk Management (ETRM) system.

Verifies accuracy of portfolio. Assists with daily position preparation and makes wheeling arrangements with other entities within contract limits.

Directs personnel on matters pertaining to power contracts, power schedules, transmission line curtailments, availability of energy resources and energy pricing, both orally and in written form.

Updates volumes and settlement prices associated with wholesale transactions in the ETRM system as necessary after real-time operations, and assists in resolving data discrepancies in a timely manner.

Supports monthly settlements by Glendale Water and Power (GWP) energy purchases and sales, in coordination with other electric utilities, non-utility generators, natural gas producers & transporters, marketers, and brokers.

Performs accounting and reporting functions related to energy transactions, such as audits/approval of invoices for power, gas, transmission, and environmental commodity purchases and sales.

Monitors contract compliance and investigates/prepares reports on specific requests and complaints pertaining to energy transactions and power generation.

Prepares short-term and long-term forecasts for peak demand, power system energy & fuel requirements, and sales & revenue requirements.

Develops price forecasts for the power supply and fuel budgets.

Supports and provides input to complex power system studies, such as, the Integrated Resource Plan and Demand Side Management Programs.

Develops and maintains operational databases in high level computer languages as required to support the needs of the resource planning process.

Maintains records and completes reports as required for local, state, and federal agencies.

Coordinates operation and engineering personnel for the installation and maintenance of the Power Scheduling and Accounting System, control systems for the power plant, and other computer systems.

Prepares monthly and annual reports on financial analyses, power operations, power purchases/sales, and power consumption for Division Management and the Glendale Water & Power Commission.

Develops plans and directs in-house testing programs to evaluate the performance and efficiency of turbine generators, auxiliaries, and plant systems.

Administers and coordinates testing programs with outside agencies required to meet environmental or other rules and regulations governing power plants.

Performs complex power plant system studies and recommends corrective measures or system/equipment upgrades.

Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of this position are performed in a safe, efficient manner.

Ensures Department services are provided with exceptional customer service and highest ethical standards.

Drives on City business as necessary.

Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.

Responsible for increasing responsibility for data analysis required for state and federal regulatory compliance.

Ensures accuracy and timeliness of regulatory reporting, including reports to the Balancing Authority.

Ensures Department services are provided with exceptional customer service and the highest level of ethical standards.

Represents GWP at external functions and work groups.

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of:
Applicable safety rules, practices and procedures.
Electrical power system practices.
Internal reporting on a regular basis.
Operations of an electric utility.
Principles of supervision.
Utility financial and accounting practices.

Knowledge of and skill in:
Exceptional customer service practices.
Skill in:
Making independent judgements and decisions based on standard policy or procedure.
Ability to:
Develop the necessary skills from on-the-job training and meet the standards of performance for the classification by the end of the probationary period
Effectively interact and negotiate with counterparties, consultants, outside agencies, and vendors.
Effectively supervise subordinates.
Establish and maintain smooth and effective working relationships and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
Foster a teamwork environment.
Lead, coach, instruct and motivate employees.
Model and practice the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Provide exceptional customer service to those using the Glendale Water and Power Department.
Provide clear work instructions.
Read, write, communicate effectively and comprehend directions in English.
Review and evaluate employees' job performance and recommend personnel action.
Utilize a computer system.
Other Characteristics
Willingness to:
Assume responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment.
Work the necessary hours and times to accomplish goals, objectives, and required tasks.

Four years increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering experience or power system operation experience in the electrical utility field, with at least one year in either energy account settlements, energy scheduling, power plant equipment studies, plant system control studies, and/or environmental compliance programs.

A Bachelor's Degree in Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Finance, Economics or a related field.

Valid California Class C driver's license.

An equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training may substitute for the listed minimum requirements

Selection Process

The examination will consist of an evaluation and an oral, with the evaluation as a qualifying step  and the oral 100%. All applications, resumes and submitted reference materials will be reviewed and evaluated and only the best-qualified candidates based on applicable experience will be invited to the oral examination.  Any evaluation will be based on the candidate's education and experience as related to the position. Any examination will be to evaluate the candidate's education, experience, knowledge and skills for the position. The City of Glendale reserves the right to modify the above stated examination components and/or weights.  Should this be necessary, the candidates will be notified of the specific examination components and weights prior to the administration of any examination. The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including LiveScan fingerprinting. TIME AND PLACE OF THE EXAMINATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED. The City of Glendale conforms with State and Federal obligations to make reasonable accommodation for applicants and employees with disabilities.  The Human Resources Department asks that it be advised of special needs at least five days prior to the first test part so that a reasonable accommodation may be made. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract.  In  compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Glendale requires that all new employees provide documentation to establish both work authorization and identity.