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Transmission Manager at Calpine (Houston, TX)

We are seeking a talented Transmission Manager for our Houston, TX  location.


Job Summary: 

Responsible performing electrical load flow studies associated with Calpines use of the electric transmission system.

The Transmission Manager will be familiar with the topology, operation of the transmission grid, and procedures for facilitating electric transmission transactions within various defined market areas. Responsible for managing analytical efforts to inform Calpines view of locational market pricing across all ISO/RTOs in which Calpine operates.

Job Responsibilities:

Provides oversight to developing Calpines FTR and CRR analysis and trading strategy.

Manages single function or portion of a department with an operational focus.

Coordinate analysis and dissemination of information concerning transmission issues affecting Calpines generation portfolio including but not limited to: siting, interconnections, transmission service requests, development activities, plant operation, strategic studies and trading activities etc.

Represent Calpines interests on appropriate regional and/or national industry committees, work groups, or task forces.

Optimize profitability by providing input and guidance on transmission issues and their effect on over-all operations.

Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines tactical approach, resources, schedules and goals.

Works within general guidelines; applies advanced technical knowledge to solve moderately complex problems for a function.

Regularly manages large-scale projects/activities or a very closely related set of projects/activities.

Knowledge base should be far-ranging and should cover a subset of the following:

          Electrical grid physics

          Electricity market structures, dynamics, and rules; FTR, CRR and TCC structures Power plant operations

          Load flow and nodal price modeling software platforms (such as PSLF, PSSE, PROMOD, UPLAN, Dayzer, etc.) and associated data structures

          Comfortable with the IT aspects of transmission modeling; skilled with analytical applications such as Excel, SQL, Visual Basic, R, SAS, C++, Java/.NET, and other programming languages.

          Strong orientation toward designing efficient and reliable processes is required; should be able to demonstrate success managing and improving complex processes

          Background and understanding of ISO market structure and energy commodities. ERCOT operation, planning and market experience preferred

          Additional risk-analysis-oriented certifications such as FRM are a plus

Perform transmission system studies and market simulations, using power flow programs and market modeling platforms to identify transmission system capabilities and limitations, and determine risks and opportunities for Calpines generation assets and commercial positions.

Support hedging and trading activities through CRRs/FTRs and other market transactions to help optimize Calpines portfolio.

Provide transmission expertise and analytical support for Calpines commercial development and strategic origination activities.

Produce regular short-term to mid-term market reports and forecasts.

Support the development and continuous improvement of Calpines proprietary LMP market modeling and analytics platform.

Participate in RTO/ISO and Regional Reliability Council meetings to support

Calpines positions in transmission matters; gather competitive intelligence concerning changes in the transmission grid that may affect the wholesale market in general, and Calpines interests in particular.

Support other analytical and managerial efforts as needed within and beyond Commercial Analytics.

Other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering, mathematics, applied statistics, economics or commensurate operational experience. Advanced degree in technical fields is highly desirable

  • Previous work leadership or senior level contributor experience.

  • Minimum of seven (7) years experience with an electric utility entity with transmission & distribution functionality.


Calpine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


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