Real Time Energy Trader, Tacoma, Washington

Created 11/25/2021
Reference 479797
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Washington
City Tacoma
Salary $55.48 - $71.18 Hourly
Position Description

Tacoma Power has an opportunity for a Real-Time Energy Trader (RTET) to join our team. Tacoma RTETs optimize our resource portfolio by scheduling Tacoma's generation and power supply contracts, along with energy purchases and sales to ensure that the power supply obligations of Tacoma's customers are met in the most economical and cost efficient manner. Seek out real-time market opportunities and create innovative transactions that maximize the economic benefits from hourly market fluctuations. Tacoma's RTETs work closely with the Systems Power Dispatchers in the operation of Tacoma's generating resources.

Responsibilities include:
  • Evaluate system surplus or deficit situations and implement power sales and purchases in real-time to maintain load/generation/interchange balance.
  • Perform market energy price surveys and evaluate the results for differing points of delivery or points of receipt.
  • Formulate, study, and prioritize all possible real-time operating strategies with a goal to maximize economic benefits in the wholesale market.
  • Perform economic analysis to determine the optimum real-time scheduling of the Tacoma's owned and contracted generation resources along with Tacoma's power supply portfolio to maximize the value of our resource portfolio.
  • Work with System Power Dispatchers in efficiently scheduling Tacoma's generating resources within all appropriate constraints, including economic, hydrological, fisheries, reserves, and regulatory requirements.
  • Negotiate, execute, schedule, and document power sales and purchases and/or ancillary products with marketplace participants.
  • Acquire necessary transmission reservations from transmission path operators or owners using the Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS), or equivalent.
  • Work closely in a team environment to plan the efficient operation of the power supply system.
  • Establish and sustain excellent business relationships with marketplace participants.
  • Collaboratively and effectively participate in a team environment.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Reason and respond quickly to a variety of situations in a calm and efficient manner.
  • Proficiently operate computers, fax machines, and other electronic tools in the workplace.
  • Perform at a high level under limited supervision.
  • Perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy while under pressure.
  • Willingness to take the initiative to solve problems.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
The Resource Operations & Trading Group is committed to a positive culture of teamwork and mutual respect. This position reports to Mark Campeau , Real-Time Energy Trading Manager.

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.

Standard rotating shift (up to 12-hours per work period) covering all 24 hours a day and all days of the year.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Engineering, Economics, Business, or related field)
  • 2+ years of experience working in power marketing or utility operations. Utility operations, marketing, or economics experience may be substituted for years of education.
Desired Qualifications
  • Knowledge of energy markets and market fundamentals (prefer experience with CAISO and EIM)
  • Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills
  • Self-starter able to work effectively without direct supervision in a fast-paced, stressful and multitasking environment
  • Ability to work rotating 12-hour shifts
  • Ability to use personal computers, spreadsheets, word processing, and energy accounting packages
  • NERC Balance & Interchange Operator certified within 12 months of appointment.


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, Washington. 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.

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.

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 cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com 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.
Closing Date/Time: 12/7/2021 5:00 PM Pacific
Employer City of Tacoma, WA

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