Power Resource Engineer
Mission: Provide customers safe, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable electricity.
Vision: Connecting customers to energy to power Cowlitz County’s future.
Compensation Philosophy: Cowlitz PUD is committed to providing a fair and competitive compensation program to attract, retain and reward high-performing employees at all levels. Cowlitz PUD staff positions are set in pay ranges as determined by a market based salary study and salaries are determined by evaluating a candidate’s experience and qualifications as well as organizational pay equity.
The Power Resource Engineer is responsible to assist in the development, coordination and implementation of Business Unit initiatives and projects to assure an adequate and economical power supply for the District.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Prepare data and reports for regional load/resource forecasts, reports and studies including the PNUCC Regional Forecast, WECC, BPA and Pacific Northwest Coordination Agreement regulation studies.
- Prepare report and coordinate compliance with the Renewable Portfolio Standards, resource emissions limits and other compliance reporting initiatives.
- Coordinate and provide guidance and input to consultants in the preparation of the District’s Integrated Resource Plan, Conservation Potential Assessment and Clean Energy Implementation Plan. Perform studies and analyses of existing, new, and proposed power supplies.
- Coordinate resource planning and operation for District-owned resources and provide oversight and input on operation of the District’s BPA Slice resource.
- Develop and implement optimal economic dispatch plans for the District’s hydro resources.
- Direct and review the continuing operation and development of computer applications for engineering studies, system load data acquisition and application of automation to industrial billing processes, power purchasing, power sales and other departmental functions.
- Manage contract implementation, amendments and billing of power purchases and sales for the District’s major industrial customers.
- Manage the accounting, inventory management and reporting related to the District’s purchases, sales, and retirements of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and power supply portfolio carbon content.
- Maintain certain electronic field monitoring and data login equipment and devices, their calibration, and their related configuration programs at the District’s Swift No. 2 Hydroelectric Project.
- Coordinate with The Energy Authority to manage and prepare the District’s power cost models used for budgeting and financial management.
- Perform studies related to and assist in negotiations of District power supply activities.
- Represent the District at meetings, conferences and on various committees as assigned.
- Assist the Director of Power Management in the administration, operation, maintenance, and construction of power resources in which the District has contractual or ownership responsibilities and collaborate on power resources issues.
- Assist the Director of Power Management in arranging power purchases, sales and hedging activities as required to meet load, to dispose of surplus power or RECs to reduce the District’s power supply risk.
- Prepare contracts and agreements related to retail sales or wholesale power purchases and sales.
- Assist in the administration and interpretation of various contracts and agreements associated with the purchase, maintenance of, and utilization of power resources.
- Cooperate with department staff in developing plans and programs to carry out routine power scheduling and accounting functions, including review and/or preparation of power billings.
- Participate in and provide input to the District’s Risk Management Committee including analysis and input on decisions related to swaps, options, forward sales and purchases, and other hedging activities.
- Perform after-the-fact settlement of certain power supply and REC sales and purchase activities.
- Perform duties related to the District’s Swift 2 hydroelectric project, including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) duties such as routine dam safety inspections, preparation of Dam Emergency Action Plans. Occasionally responsible for coordinating and managing equipment repair, maintenance, upgrade, installation, and procurement.
Education and Qualifications
- Bachelor level degree in Engineering (BSEE preferred), Economics, Mathematics, or equivalent experience with power supply exposure within a utility setting.
- Master’s degree in Engineering, Economics or Mathematics
- Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
- Certification in Microsoft Excel
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to compose correspondence, and other official materials while effectively employing principles of good correspondence. Strong verbal communications are essential to the position. Have skill in communicating and presenting a positive, professional image of Cowlitz PUD services.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to complete accurate mathematical calculations as may be required for the position. Knowledge of being able to work with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, order of operations, exponents and some general algebra.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to work within established guidelines with little direct supervision; ability to perform a variety of tasks at the same time; and ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Have or have the ability to obtain, a valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s license. Have or ability to obtain a Project Management Professional certification and a Microsoft Excel Certification.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Strong telephone skills are required. Ability to accurately type a minimum of 50 WPM. Ability to operate standard office machines, i.e., computer, calculator, telephone, copy machine and fax. Ability to operate and use the Microsoft Office suite of programs, i.e.: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, stoop, and sit at a desk. This employee must occasionally exert or lift to 25 pounds.
The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
- Work is typically performed in an office environment.
- Some field work required at our Swift Hydro Power plant.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.