Job Overview

Summary

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS AMENDED TO CHANGE THE CLOSING DATE FROM MAY 31, 2013 TO MONDAY JUNE 24, 2013.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS AMENDED TO CHANGE THE CUT-OFF PERIODS FROM ONE TO EVERY TWO WEEKS EFFECTIVE 2/4/2013.

This announcement is open until the positions are filled.  The first cut-off will occur Monday 12/10/12 and every week after that until the positions are filled.

As a Power System Dispatcher, you will be working in the Operations Center in Springfield, Missouri as part of the Division of Scheduling & Operations, Office of Corporate Operations.  You will be responsible for transmission dispatching, generation dispatching, and reliable operation of the Southwestern Power  Administration (Southwestern) transmission system and balancing area. 

Southwestern offers career opportunities in the highly energized electric utility industry. 

We market federally produced hydropower from 24 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers multipurpose dams in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Duties

At full performance level, the high-voltage Power System Dispatcher is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of power system operations and can work independently while on shift. 

  • Maintain expertise in high voltage Bulk Power System, (BPS) operation
  • Analyze BPS operations and independently respond to mitigate system problems
  • Work independently on 8 and 12 hour rotating shifts, operating the BPS
  • Analyze Energy Management System  information, verbal information, and other data
  • Maintain high degree of BPS situational awareness
  • Develop resource plans for hydro, and other types of bulk power system generation
  • Ensure Balancing Area (BA) resources operate according to schedule
  • Ensure BA provides proper load regulation
  • Develop plans for, prioritize and analyze hydro release criteria, load projections and energy sales
  • Monitor and manage load/resource balance
  • Maintain BPS reserve requirements
  • Consistently monitor the power system
  • Maintain system voltage and equipment loading within guidelines
  • Operate the BPS in accordance with all Southwestern directives and policies
  • Operate the BPS in compliance with NERC and SPP standards  and requirements
  • Take remedial action for all events to safeguard the public, and protect system equipment
  • Administrate contracts providing power interchange, transmission and ancillary services
  • Coordinate BA interchange schedules and provide functional supervision of energy schedulers
  • Operate various applications that control interchange scheduling and accounting
  • Report BPS problems, order line patrols, and coordinate equipment inspection/testing
  • Possess and maintain minimum NERC Cert at Balancing, Interchange, and Transmission level