Pacific Gas & Electric Company Realtime Asset Manager -- San Francisco, CA in San Francisco, California
Requisition ID # 16266
Job Category : Energy Services / Trading
Job Level : Individual Contributor
Business Unit: Strategy and Policy
Job Location : San Francisco
Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States.And we deliver some of the nation's cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, Together, Building a Better California is not just a slogan.It's the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services.They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic informationor any other factor that is not related to the job.
The Energy Policy and Procurement (EPP) organization procures electricity, capacity, and ancillary services to serve the needs of bundled electric customers. In addition, EPP procures natural gas, pipeline capacity, and storage capacity on behalf of residential and small commercial customers, and for both utility-owned and contracted third-party electric generation. EPP is responsible for the front-office and back-office functions associated with power and gas procurement. Front-office functions entail planning, contracting, trading, scheduling, and dispatching electricity and natural gas for PG&E’s customers. Back-office functions entail administering procurement agreements and ensuring timely and accurate payments to the CAISO and third-party power and gas suppliers. EPP also actively participates in regulatory and legislative proceedings that shape the design and implementation of state, regional, and federal energy regulation and policy. In addition, EPP is responsible for long-term planning, risk management, and compliance functions related to PG&E’s energy portfolio.
The Real Time Operations group is part of the Short-Term Electric Supply department within Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Energy Policy and Procurement organization. Key activities include procuring and scheduling electricity to meet PG&E’s retail load in a least cost fashion by utilizing PG&E owned generation, contract generation and market transactions in the real time market. The portfolio of generation the group is responsible for is large and diverse,
ranging from nuclear power plants, hydro, gas power plants, geothermal, biomass, wind, solar and batteries. The Real Time Operations group acts as the single point of contact between PG&E and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) for generation dispatching, planned outage implementation, generator emergency outage notification, water management and all other scheduling activities including energy imports and export schedules. The department also manages and documents transactions across transmission tie points between control areas, including confirming import and export information with counterparties; source, sink and each transmission segment for each schedule and tagging. The Department supports the Utility’s long-term electric procurement activities, including renewable resources and acquisition of power from outside the Utility’s service area, by providing operational and marketing expertise as well as system integration requirements. The Real Time Operations Department is an integral element of the Short-Term Electric Supply team and contributes/ receives input from the Day Ahead Operations team and the Electric Fuels Department to manage real time transactions.
Real-Time Asset Managers are responsible for monitoring, dispatching and controlling PG&E’s portfolio of generating units and associated water conveyance systems to ensure energy and ancillary service obligations are met. As part of this responsibility, the Real-Time Asset Managers are also required to make assessments, develop strategies and implement those results throughout their assigned shifts. The decisions include instructing Hydro and Power Plant operators to shut down and start generating units, vary the generation output to achieve desired energy schedules and water management.
The Real Time Asset Management function acts as PG&E’s single point contact with the CAISO for real time generation dispatch communications and instructions on a 24 x 7 basis.
The position is staffed on a 24 x 7 basis. The shift rotation provides coverage which includes weekdays, weekends, nights, and holidays. This position is based in San Francisco and will also require up to 30% travel time to Vacaville and San Ramon.
Staffing the department’s emergency backup facility is also part of the responsibility of the RealTime Asset Manager. PG&E is seeking a dedicated individual that can work in a fast paced environment and possess the ability to work as an effective team member to perform these duties while complying with all required regulations, such as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the CAISO Tariff. Key capabilities include the ability to multi-task, maintain situational awareness, effectively communicate and make decisions quickly. As this is a role that covers a diverse portfolio, qualified candidates will need to have a strong motivation and capacity for learning. Additionally, this is a very team oriented environment where team members rely heavily.
- Real Time Operations is seeking a dedicated individual to fill the position of a Real-Time AssetManager that can work in fast paced environment and possess the ability to work as an effectiveteam member.•Monitor PG&E portfolio generating unit status. Ensure energy and ancillary service obligations are met. Monitor: (1) current water conditions (river flows and reservoirs levels) and adjusts plant output as needed, (2) the availability of generating units, (3) system constraints and market conditions. Modify generation schedules using ISO market transactions in the Day Ahead and Hour Ahead Scheduling Process markets.•Manage all CAISO directed generation dispatch orders.•Manage all real time generator outages designated as planned or emergency outages and complete associated documentation within prescribed CAISO tariff timelines.•Provides input and recommendations to Day Ahead Asset Managers on generation schedules and or water management issues.•Develops solutions to increase efficiency of team operations.•Monitor CAISO activities/initiatives.•Expand knowledge of the CAISO Wholesale Market Rules and Market Participants.•Analyze/quantify impacts of new initiatives (e.g., advanced components of Multi Stage Generation ,intermittent generation, Demand Response, new supply within and outside the PG&E Service Territory and CAISO control areas) on PG&E’s supply portfolio’s operations and costs and document changes to existing processes to integrate new initiatives.
•High school diploma / GED
•Requires a minimum of one year relevant experience.
•The position requires strong computer skills, including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
•Bachelor’s Degree in a quantitative discipline such as Engineering, Math, Economics or related discipline, or equivalent experience.
•Direct experience with PG&E electric load characteristics and supply side assets.
•Excellent knowledge of electric system operations or resource planning knowledge.
•Strong communication skills required.
•Knowledge of CAISO protocols, tariffs and tools.
•Demonstrates advanced understanding and mentor others on generation and impacts to the electric markets.
•Demonstrates advanced understanding of the PG&E hydroelectric system including a mechanical understanding of units and components.
•Demonstrates advanced understanding of production generators, pumps and basic electricity.
•Demonstrates advanced understanding of renewable resources including wind, solar, biomass and geothermal resources.