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NCC Power System Operator I

Company:  PPM TECHNICAL SERVICES, I
Location: 

Portland, OR, US

Company

Company

Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number one producer of wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities in terms of market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France, with a workforce of more than 35,000 people.

Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through its investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, to offer its customers the most advanced products and services. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to sustainability and the fight against climate change.

 

 

Purpose

The Power System Operator I (PSO I) is responsible for the safe and reliable operation and the economical generation dispatch of Avangrid’s generation facilities according to system and commercial requirements. The PSO I interfaces with plant personnel, Asset Management, Real Time Trading, generation facilities, transmission system operators, other personnel, and agencies operating the plants to optimize efficiencies and revenues while ensuring system stability.

Responsibilities

•    Operation of Avangrid Renewables' U.S power generation fleet.
•    Operate power generation projects in compliance to permits, power sales agreements, generation schedules, and transmission operator requirements.
•    Forecast plant performance based on multiple inputs including but not limited to; meteorological, turbine, power curve, plant performance at various wind speeds (plant power curve), real time equipment availability, plant constraints, and outages.
•    Economical dispatch of generation, optimizing plant performance and revenues.
•    Communicate and respond to directives from balancing authorities/transmission system operators.
•    Troubleshoot system and turbine faults taking corrective actions as appropriate.
•    Evaluate system alarms and irregularities taking corrective action accordingly.
•    Interpret turbine, SCADA, substation, transmission, and other system data taking actions to optimize plant performance.
•    Monitor AGC and SCADA response for plants on AGC including MISO DIR, ERCOT nodal, and PJM AGC. Coordinate with each RTO generation dispatcher the return of units from outage.
•    Monitor, interpret, and notify site personnel of potentially dangerous site conditions.
•    Ensure reliable telemetry, monitor data flow, and manage system data.
•    Performs switching operations using established procedures in coordination with field personnel.
•    Optimizes wind generation in BPA with available balancing resources to target a zero error including dispatching peaking units and on-demand tagged resources.
•    Respond to voltage dispatches by switching reactive equipment in and out of service and monitoring projects for voltage schedule compliance.
•    Work in concert with asset and wind plant managers regarding outage management and other operational requirements.
•    Interpret and respond to substation alarms and inform appropriate personnel to troubleshoot.
•    Perform periodic and real time system reporting.
•    Evaluate and troubleshoot systems and networks, perform real time maintenance and corrective actions.
•    Understands and adheres to applicable NERC reliability standards.
•    Call-out field and emergency service personnel as appropriate.
•    Adhere to effective internal controls.

Skills and Requirements


•    1+ years’ experience as an OIT I within Avangrid’s National Control Center performing generation dispatch.
•    3+ years’ experience in real time operations, power plant and transmission operations, electrical, technical, or engineering roles.
•    PJM & NERC generation dispatcher certifications
•    Understanding of control room operations and generation dispatch.
•    Ability to read and interpret requirements to operate generating systems, schematics and one-line diagrams.
•    Familiar with MS Office, OSI PI, diagnostic and troubleshooting tools.
•    Ability to work rotating shifts of 12 hours, including night shifts, weekends and holidays and be on-call.
•    Demonstrate willingness to sustain NCC operations by providing short notice shift coverage, participating in inclement weather or disaster recovery protocols, and taking on special projects when assigned.
•    Ability to travel (less than 10%).

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience in real time operations or a control room environment.
•    Power plant operations.
•    Electrical, technical, or engineering experience.
•    Balancing authority operations.

•    Ability to navigate and succeed in a highly matrixed reporting structure, preferably at an international company.
•    Self-starter with demonstrated performance leading initiatives and building consensus at all levels of a matrixed global organization with minimal supervision.

 

 

Competencies

  • Develop Self & Others
  • Empower to grow
  • Collaborate and Share
  • Be a role model
  • Focus to achieve results
  • Be agile
  • Technical Skills

Our Selection Process

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a medical Fit for Duty exam, background check, references, drug screen, verification of legal right to work in the U.S., and in some cases, a credit check. A credit check will be administered when a prospective employee will be working in Finance, Accounting, Treasury or where duties may involve handling of funds, accounts or cash. A Motor Vehicle (MVR) check will be administered when a prospective employee will be regularly using a company vehicle. Avangrid Renewables is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an individual with a disability, or any other status or class protected by federal or state law.

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Avangrid employees may be assigned a system emergency role and in the event of a system emergency, may be required to work outside of their regular schedule/job duties. This is applicable to employees that will work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York within AVANGRD Network and Corporate functions.  This does not include those that will work for Avangrid Renewables

AVANGRID’s employment practices and policies are geared to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. At AVANGRID we provide fair and equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. Learn more about equal employment by following this link

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