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Power Dispatcher

Date:  Nov 2, 2019
Job ID:  305
Location: 

Redmond, WA, US, 98052

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with like-minded, top talented individuals like you!  With our rapidly growing, award winning energy efficiency programs, our pathway to an exciting and innovative future is now.

 

PSE's Load Serving Operations team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Power Dispatcher position!

Job Description

The Power Dispatcher operates PSE’s Transmission, Generation, AGC, and System Reliability functions in a safe, efficient, and reliable manner and has the authority to take independent actions as deemed necessary and as specified in NERC and WECC Standards to fulfill responsibilities. Additionally, this position analyzes information, coordinates and directs actions, and controls multiple operating systems under normal and emergency conditions. Successful candidates must have strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to clearly communicate both orally and in writing, and be available to work rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays, and is available for emergency call-outs.

Job Responsibilities
  • Monitors and controls the real-time operation of the transmission network, generation resources, and interties using the EMS. Has responsibility and authority to implement real-time actions, during normal and emergency conditions, to ensure the stable and reliable operation of the electric system.
  • Maintains system reliability in accordance to NERC, WECC and NWPP Standards and Procedures.  
  • Controls voltage and VAR levels within limits and schedules and responds to system alarms
  • Maintains a balance between resources and load.
  • Manages switching for planned maintenance outages and directs restoration response for unplanned outages
  • Performs real time transmission scheduling using the OASIS and E-tagging systems.
  • Assures accurate accounting for the PSE Balancing Area.
  • Logs and reports system events occurring at PSE and within on bulk electric system in the Western U.S
  • Coordinates operations with neighboring entities.
  • Communicates with the Reliability Coordinator and follows any directives issued during system emergencies.
  • Maintains compliance as a Balancing Authority and Transmission Operator per NERC and WECC Standards
  • Has authority to drop load as deemed necessary to maintain system integrity.
  • Has authority to direct field operating personnel, distribution system operators and generation operators.
  • Has authority to direct PSE Power Supply Operations (marketing function) employees to maintain system reliability. 
  • Creates routine and emergency reports to NWPP, WECC, DOE, and NERC, as needed.
  • Review, approval and scheduling of near term and real time facility outages (planned and unplanned).
  • Preparation of near term and real time switching and apparatus documents.
  • Provides on-the-job training and leadership for Power Dispatcher Trainees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Operator certification per NERC Standards.
  • Successful experience in operating PSE’s transmission, generation, AGC, and reliability functions. 
  • Extensive knowledge of interconnected transmission systems and generation characteristics.
  • Proficiency in operating control center systems: SCADA, AGC, OASIS, E-Tag, WECCNet, accounting systems.
  • Expert in lock-out tag-out principles, State and PSE safety rules and Standards, and safe operating practices.
  • Ability to climb a 15-foot ladder.
Desired Qualifications
  • Previous Power Dispatch experience.  
  • Transmission or energy scheduling experience.  
  • System Operation, Generation, Substation, or Transmission experience.
  • Experience working rotating shifts.
  • BA/BS degree in Engineering.
Additional Information

Families and businesses depend on PSE to provide the energy they need to pursue their dreams.  Our steadfast commitment to serving Washington communities with safe, dependable and efficient energy started in 1873.  Today we're building the Northwest's energy future through efforts like our award winning energy efficiency programs and our leadership in renewable energy.

 

At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer an expansive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan, and an employee assistance and wellness program.

 

Puget Sound Energy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or presence of a disability that with or without reasonable accommodation does not prevent performance of the essential functions of the job. Should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Staffing department at jobs@pse.com or 425-462-3017.


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Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue