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Associate Generation Operator - Portland, Oregon - 105154

Date: Apr 14, 2021

Location: Portland, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp

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PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Purpose

Evaluate the Day Ahead Resource Operations Plan and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) optimized market solution and execute the plans within the constraints of real-time system conditions. Validate accuracy of load and variable energy resource (VER) forecasts, and dispatch system generation efficiently, to balance the electric system and deliver the lowest net power cost solution to customers. Ensure compliance with all applicable reliability requirements of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). 


  • Maintain compliance with NERC/FERC/WECC and Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) requirements.
  • Maintain accurate unit capabilities in the Energy Supply Management System (EMS) and CAISO Market Model.
  • Reliably and economically balance current system load and resource requirements.
  • Determine available excess supply to be marketed by Marketing Function Employees (MFEs).
  • Determine and communicate required reliability-based energy transactions, to PacifiCorp Energy Transaction Traders. 
  • Collaborate with resource management, resource planning, and gas scheduling to develop the most efficient and reliable operating strategy.
  • Monitor the economic and reliable dispatch of the Company’s generating assets on an hourly basis.
  • Communicate plant dispatch instructions electronically and via verbal communication with plant operators. 
  • Identify internal system failures and implement corrective action.
  • Author and maintain best operating practices and procedures.
  • Maintain and update internal tools and calculations.
  • Inform the resource planning group, load and VER forecasting groups, and day ahead operations to areas of improvement in the Day Ahead Resource Plan. 
  • Maintain professional and effective relationships with generating plant and reliability operations personnel.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Finance, Economics, Marketing or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to obtain the NERC Balance and Interchange certification or equivalent within 90 days.
  • Ability to analyze market conditions and identify resource opportunities and resource management improvements.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills necessary to develop industry contacts, establish relationships, and negotiate outcomes.
  • Proficient with the use of personal computers and automated tools to support resource analysis activity.
  • Position work hours are non-standard.


  • Prior experience in generation dispatch.
  • Analytical skills in order to understand market conditions and to analyze resource opportunities.

Additional Information

Req ID: 105154 
Company Code: PacifiCorp
Primary Location: Portland 
Department: Pacific Power 
Schedule: No Selection 
Personnel Subarea: EXEMPT 
Hiring Range: 81,800.00 - 96,200.00 


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.

At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.  

It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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