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Northern California Power Agency
Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
48.02 Per Hour
Roseville, California
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5+ years
Education level:
Associate Degree

System Dispatcher


The System Dispatcher is responsible for dispatching system resources to match NCPA load in a safe and economical manner, direct switching on NCPA jurisdictional equipment, implement real- time energy transactions, and nominate gas as appropriate.  Directs member load reductions and performs other emergency operations as necessary.  NCPA is registered as a GO/GOP and operates as a Metered Subsystem within the California ISO Balancing Authority.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


1)      Ensures Agency scheduling and dispatch operations are in compliance with all applicable NERC and WECC Reliability Standards.


2)      Dispatches all NCPA and customer generation.


3)      Operates and/or monitors member and customer generation resources as assigned.


4)      Monitors city metering and communication between all NCPA facilities.


5)      Monitors real time telemetry, data flow, and manage system data.


6)      Coordinates maintenance outages of NCPA and customer facilities.


7)      Participates in outage planning.


8)      Performs real-time load forecasting.


9)      Coordinates ISO units and bids into the CAISO markets.


10)  Purchases and sells energy to balance loads and resources.


11)  Purchasse and sells energy from generation resources to stay within operational constraints.


12)  Coordinates Hydro project water releases to meet environmental licensing requirements.


13)  Maintains accurate logging and record keeping.


14)  Coordinates equipment clearance and switching with NCPA and customer generation facility personnel and third parties.


15)  Directs emergency plant and dispatch operations.


16)  Calls out field and emergency service personnel in response to certain operational conditions.


17)  Monitors and responds to alarms appropriately.


18)  Follows established NCPA, CAISO, and customer operating procedures.


19)  Reports to work on time and maintains satisfactory attendance in accordance with Agency policies. Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent. Arrives to meetings and appointments on time.


Supervisory Responsibilities


Has no direct reports but retains authority to implement load shedding procedures and direct other emergency operations as necessary when acting as the NCPA on shift System Dispatcher, or as directed by the Transmission Operator or Balancing Authority.


Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience


Requires High School diploma or equivalent; and more than five years related dispatch experience and/or electric industry related training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in scheduling and dispatch within the electric industry. A Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in engineering, business, or related field is preferred. Knowledge and experience with real time energy, capacity, transmission transactions, and basic electrical theory.


Current knowledge of CAISO Tariff, Protocols and Operating Procedures, and WECC and NERC standards to ensure/maintain grid reliability.


Language Skills


Active listening skills, ability to speak clearly, ability to write effectively.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Mathematical Skills


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as add, multiply, divide, ratios, fractions, proportions, percentages,   and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Reasoning Ability


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to apply reasoned judgment to non-standard situations.  Ability to think coherently and prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines.


Computer Skills


To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient with electronic mail, database software, spreadsheet software, SharePoint, and word processing software.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations


Valid California driver's license and insurance.


Other Skills and Abilities


Ability to work 12 hour rotating day and night shifts as well as on Holidays and weekends. Ability to stay calm and work under pressure.   Ability to assess, define, and identify potential issues and what resources are available to provide assistance in resolving the issues.


Other Qualifications


NERC Certification as a System Operator is required to advance to top two salary levels.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and multi-task; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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