Platte River Power Authority is a public power provider that has emerged as a leader in Colorado’s utility sector. Our staff works collaboratively and efficiently to safely deliver reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to our owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.
We share a sense of purpose and great pride in what we do and the value we provide to our communities, our region and the energy industry. If you’re searching for a collaborative working environment within a mid-sized organization that values innovative ideas, diverse perspectives and provides opportunities to make a difference, consider joining the Platte River team.
Power System Operator - Generation
On-shift power system operators in the generation functional area are responsible for the real-time power marketing, generation scheduling, load forecasting and balancing of Platte River Power Authority’s (Platte River) resources and obligations in an economic, reliable and compliant manner. Power system operators work as part of a collaborative and cross-functional team across multiple areas both internally and externally.
Individuals in this role are under the direct supervision of the manager of generation dispatch and power markets and receive guidance from senior staff.
Essential duties and responsibilities
Individuals in the role must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, the essential functions of the job.
Coordinates and monitors generation resources to balance forecasted load, required reserves, and sales/purchase with other companies
Maximizes the utilization of available resources in an economic manner
Communicates generation outages/issues with neighboring reliability and marketing entities
Complies with applicable FERC Orders, NERC Reliability Standards, WECC Reliability Standards, regional procedures/criteria, and Platte River specific plans, procedures and contracts
Administers marketing contracts on a real-time basis
Supports management in the documentation and maintenance of current or emerging processes, policies and best practices, as well as provides input to a digital knowledge base of information acquired through training and research; maintains power marketing/generation scheduling related records; maintains documentation for HQ and power supply backup control centers
Maintains a working knowledge of all tools and processes provided to perform duties
Disseminates information regarding generation/market related events to management and necessary personnel
Successfully demonstrates key competencies for Platte River bulk electric system organization-specific reliability-related tasks
Assists senior power schedulers (day ahead) and other power market and generation dispatch employees
Performs successfully in periodic power system operator-generator training evaluations and demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities to enable independent performance of assignments
Works collaboratively with other transmission, generation and headquarters team members
Maintains regular and reliable attendance
Works safely and demonstrates safe work practices
Provides generation on-the-job training for power system operator trainees
Performs other duties as assigned
This position has no supervisory or lead role responsibilities.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Working knowledge of power marketing and generation scheduling and real-time operations
Strong written and verbal communication skills and an ability to communicate technical information effectively
Strong mathematical aptitude and an ability to work with complex variables and factors when analyzing data and indicators
Proven ability to resolve complex issues and interpret policies, procedures and regulations; excellent analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills
Ability to provide attention to detail and to meet deadlines with a high degree of accuracy and timeliness
Strong team skills and the ability to effectively work with others to provide solutions and resolution to complex problems
General knowledge of government regulations affecting electric utilities
Ability to work with individuals and groups at all levels of the organization
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, exhibit a positive approach and collaborate with others to provide a high level of service internally and externally
Excellent organizational and planning skills and an ability to complete work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment
Ability to work productively while demonstrating a high level of initiative and self-motivation
Ability to maintain composure and a professional demeanor in stressful or challenging situations
Strong proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word and Outlook
Ability to identify colors visually and to hear alarm sounds
Ability to read, write and understand complex instructions and procedures
Ability to work 24-hour, 7-day-a-week office environment, on 12-hour rotating shifts and work hours in excess of an assigned workweek as needed
Ability to work safely and engage in safe work practices
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, energy or a related field is preferred; H.S. diploma or equivalent
Current valid driver’s license and ability to remain insurable under Platte River’s vehicle liability policy
Three or more years of power marketing/generation scheduling experience
Current NERC certification or ability to obtain NERC certification
Bi-weekly salary range for this position (placement DOQ): $4.278 - $5,882
(if annualized, placement also DOQ: $111,216 - $152,928)
Additional Salary Information: Placement within range is DOQ
Salary range, if annualized: $111,216 - $152,928
About Platte River Power Authority
Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit utility that generates and delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. Platte River's generation portfolio includes thermal, hydro, wind and solar resources.