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Manager, Balancing Authority

Company: Portland General Electric
Location: Portland
Posted on: August 18, 2019

Job Description:


For over 125 years, Portland General Electric has proudly served Oregon. Our dedication to helping customers is matched by our commitment to providing PGE employees with a diverse array of rewarding career opportunities. Diversity and community are at the heart of what we do for our customers and for each other. We are committed to a team that looks like the Oregon community that we know and love.

PGE team members are creative problem solvers who love to apply themselves to challenges, big and small. We are looking for team members who will grow their skills, their career and their future with us.

Manager, Balancing Authority (R-19-1553)

Reliably operates PGE's transmission and distribution systems in compliance with electric system reliability standards, applicable tariffs and other rules and takes actions necessary to protect electrical equipment and ensure public safety.

You will support our journey by:

Manage Staff

Manages a team of balancing authority and transmission prescheduler staff responsible for reliably operating PGE's balancing authority, monitoring power production at PGE generating resources and power delivery to PGE customers and scheduling and delivery of transmission and ancillary services; provides technical management for the team, ensuring that objectives are met and all relevant standards/procedures are followed; ensures that operational problems are identified and resolved; ensures that operational procedures and working practices are current and fit for the purpose.

Manage Operations

Manages Balancing Authority and Transmission Preschedule operations; ensures that the PGE's Balancing Authority is operated reliably, efficiently and in accordance with NERC/WECC reliability standards and other applicable government and industry criteria. Ensures power production by PGE generating resources is effectively monitored in compliance with NERC/WECC reliability standards and other applicable government and company operating restrictions on each resource. Ensures that balancing authority operators and transmission preschedulers schedule and deliver transmission and ancillary services to wholesale customers in accordance with NERC/WECC reliability standards, company standards of conduct and government "open access" rules.

Maintain and Contribute Expertise

Maintains NERC certification as a system operator at a level that includes the balancing and interchange function; fills in as a balancing authority operator as required to maintain familiarity with operating challenges and to support shift coverage. Devises solutions to prescheduling problems presented by the transmission preschedulers and real-time operating problems presented by balancing authority operators. Provides operations expertise to other PGE departments and evaluates impacts of industry changes on the overall operation of PGE's Balancing Authority.

Represent Company

Represents the company on various task forces and subcommittees within industry organizations; ensures the company's interests are effectively represented and protected.

Financial Management

Monitors and manages expenditures, ensuring that all financial targets are met, and examines any areas where budgets/expenditures vary from plan; assists with the definition and operation of effective financial controls and decision making.

Resourcing. Oversees resourcing decisions and planning for team; partners with HR in the definition of jobs, recruitment, evaluation and selection processes.

Professional Development

Reviews organizational development needs and training strategies to determine required learning and development outcomes for the team; provides guidance in the creation of development plans; monitors ongoing progress and provides coaching and mentoring and provides feedback; completes annual performance management reviews.

You will bring the following skills to our team:

Requires a bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical engineering, information systems or relevant field of study or equivalent experience.

Prefer eight or more years of work experience involving the operation of bulk electric transmission systems; three years of supervisory experience preferred.

Certifications, Licenses and Training

NERC certification as a system operator at a level that includes balancing and interchange certification.

Advanced knowledge of the theory, precepts and practices involved in operation of a balancing authority.

Advanced knowledge of Energy Management Systems and Automatic Generation Control programs.

Advanced knowledge of PGE power scheduling and dispatching policies and procedures.

Advanced knowledge of industry and government standards that apply to operation of electrical power transmission systems.

Advanced knowledge of PGE's Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) and related FERC rules and Standards of Conduct.

Advanced knowledge of NERC and WECC reliability standards and related procedures and guidelines for operation of the bulk electric system in the western interconnection.

Advanced knowledge of PGE transmission reservation, scheduling and curtailment procedures.

Advanced knowledge of PGE generating plant capabilities and limitations.

Intermediate knowledge of electrical theory underlying reliable operation of electrical systems.

Advanced ability to distill generalized industry and government standards down into operating procedures that can be easily understood and applied by the balancing authority operators and transmission preschedulers to operation of PGE resources.

Intermediate ability to lead positive change.

Intermediate ability to engage employees.

Intermediate ability to achieve results.

Intermediate ability to build capability.

Intermediate ability to design work.

Intermediate ability to uphold values.

Working knowledge of the balancing authority operator tasks and procedures sufficient to take shift responsibility as a balancing authority operator.

Join us today and power your potential!

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the deadline:


If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 503-464-7250.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

Talent Acquisition Contact:

Danny Fajardo




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