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City of Tacoma WA CAISO Markets Senior Analyst in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

Tacoma Power’s Resource Operations and Trading group is currently looking for an EIM Analyst to join our dynamic team. This position is responsible for optimizing and tracking transactions with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), including: evaluating and enhancing the effectiveness of bidding strategies and subsequent dispatch of generation resources, analysis of settlements and validation of meter data, validating CAISO billing and troubleshooting billing issues.

The Resource Operations and Trading group is responsible for managing the operation and optimization of Tacoma Power’s resource portfolio and maximizing the value of our interactions with the wholesale energy market. The core focus is to maximize wholesale revenue while minimizing price and volumetric risk. These activities are vital to maintaining low and stable rates for our customers. Tacoma Power expects to join the Western EIM in spring 2022.

The ideal candidate will draw on their CAISO/EIM technical experience, and their ability to analyze situations accurately, to help lead our team to implement and continually improve strategies to maximize market opportunities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Function as the subject matter expert and strategic lead for market opportunities within the CAISO and EIM.
  • Analyze trading strategies, evaluate their effectiveness, identify opportunities to increase values and communicate these strategies to the team, including bidding strategies for the optimization of Tacoma Power’s share of the California intertie and other transmission assets.
  • Analyze and validate settlements for both EIM Entity Scheduling Coordinator (EESC) and Participating Resources Scheduling Coordinator (PRSC). Troubleshoot and resolve billing issues.
  • Support the development and improvement of models and software to further optimize interactions with CAISO markets.


  • An equivalent combination to: graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in engineering or a related field and five (5) years of increasingly-responsible experience with an electric utility in system design and operations, planning or engineering economics. Advanced degree education may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Experience working in wholesale energy markets, preferably in an analyst roles is highly desired;
  • Experience working with CAISO and the Western EIM is highly desired; Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Power Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

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Apply Interested individuals should **apply online and attach **a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

Salary: $116,771.20 - $149,718.40 Annually

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: Power

Job Number: 5128-20A

Closing: 2/26/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400