Associate Resource Manager / Resource Manager 

MidAmerican Energy Company Published: September 9, 2019
Location
Des Moines, Iowa
Job Type
Full-time
Categories
Admin/ Gen Mgmt / Energy /
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Description

~ MidAmerican Energy Company is a rate-regulated utility that provides reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy to customers in Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Nebraska. ~

With a diversified generation portfolio that includes wind, coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydro and biomass, MidAmerican Energy demonstrates environmental respect by proactively engaging in emissions-reduction projects. In fact, it’s MidAmerican Energy’s wind projects that not only foster economic growth, but have established the company as a recognized leader in the use and development of renewable energy. 

Position Overview

The Associate Resource Manager / Resource Manager role operates BHE Renewables' portfolio of resources (primarily, but not limited to, electric generation) in accordance with criteria and procedures established by regional transmission operators, joint dispatch customers, municipal customers and committed wholesale sales and purchases while adhering to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved North American Electric Reliability Corporation standards. The resource manager provides key resource portfolio information to manage operational parameters to maximize trading opportunities. The resource manager reports timely and accurate operational information to the balancing authorities, direct supervision, senior management and owners.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Respond to regional transmission operator directives. Manage plant operational information and issues through communications with generation plant personnel. Oversee automatic generation control and work with operations to manage intermittent renewable production. Work to achieve optimum economic resource utilization while considering plant performance, regulatory compliance, and reliability of the interconnected system. (70%)  
  • Assist the resource manager, on a 12-hour continuous rotating shift, in responding to regional ISO and transmission operator directives to dispatch generation and other portfolio resources providing approximately 2,500 megawatts of wind and solar generating capacity. While dispatching energy from the portfolio resources, they must operate in compliance with the rules, policies and guidelines established by the North American Electric Reliability Council, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other regulatory agencies. (55%)
  • Effectively respond to regional transmission operator directives related to unit commitments and actions taken in abnormal and emergency operational events. Serve as point of control and communication for actions to correct capacity and energy deficiencies through active, direct control, and indirect notification. (15%)
  • Respond to transmission loading relief and re-dispatch events through the modification of generation patterns as directed by reliability coordinator at the appropriate regional transmission operator. (5%) 
  • Verify and confirm hourly and daily schedules through before and after-the-fact check outs and settlement review. (5%)
  • Provide services for joint plant operations off-takers (5%)
  • Perform additional responsibilities as requested or assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in business or engineering-related field or equivalent combination of education and experience specifically related to electric system operation or energy trading. (Typically six years of related, progressive work experience would be needed for candidates applying for this position who do not possess a bachelor's degree.)
  • Minimum of 1 to 3 years of electric control center or electric trading center experience, demonstrated understanding of forecasting electric system loads, evaluating options to serve the forecasted system load, analyzing quotes for trading activities, or evaluating transmission costs and/or savings through purchases. Prefer past experience coordinating electric energy resources such as generation; load control, energy trading, supply contracts, and/or electric system operation.
  • NERC Balance and Interchange certification or higher certification is required.
  • 4 years of control center, power plant or trading experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to forecast daily generation, evaluate the best economic options to serve our customers, perform agency services, analyze trading activities savings, and multi-task during very stressful conditions.
  • Experience with Generation Management Systems/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition.
  • Knowledge of power system economics, especially economic dispatch and generator efficiency characteristics and energy trading. Technical skills and mechanical knowledge related to understanding electric generation and power system operations.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving, resourcefulness and analytical skills to forecast and evaluate operational problems, energy production costs scenarios and system reliability concerns to promote continuity of service to customers at the lowest cost while assuring reliability standard and guideline compliance.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and leadership abilities.
  • Project management skills; ability to prioritize and handle multiple issues and projects concurrently.

Note: Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without an accommodation.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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