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EMS Analyst

LS Power Development, LLC
Location: Albany, NY US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: January 11, 2021
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LS Power is a power generation and transmission group with a proven track record of successful development activities, operations management and commercial execution. LS Power has been involved in the development, construction, or operations of over 41,000 MW of power generation and over 660 miles of high-voltage transmission lines throughout the United States. LS Power is actively developing both power generation and transmission infrastructure to serve the need for new generation and improve the aging transmission system. Highly regarded in the financial community, LS Power has raised over $45 billion in capital to support investments in energy infrastructure.

GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION

LS Power is seeking an EMS analyst to support the regulated electric transmission business of LS Power. This position will be part of the EMS (Energy Management System) group and will be reporting to the EMS Manager. This individual will be responsible for effective provisioning, troubleshooting, operation and maintenance of EMS software and its respective interfaces.  The EMS Analyst will ensure that EMS provides LSP’s System Operators with all information required to safely operate the CTT & affiliate Transmission Systems while maintaining the highest level of reliable service.  The EMS Analyst will perform all tasks in a manner compliant with LSP’s and company affiliate’s NERC CIP cyber security policy and procedures. This individual shall support regulatory compliance by monitoring systems and collecting required information and evidence to fulfill the company’s compliance obligations. The EMS Analyst will also serve as a key technical resource on any future EMS projects. This position will operate in a cross functional capacity working closely with LSP system operators, substation maintenance personnel, the EMS vendor, ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) and PJM representatives, and other staff including engineers, technicians and information technology resources.  This role will be subject to periodic on-call assignments, which are scheduled and compensated according to LSP policy. 

  ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Modify EMS databases and displays as required
  • Troubleshoot and fix EMS software issues for the various applications including EpiLog, SOM Planner and Chronus
  • Provide scheduled on-call support outside of normal working hours
  • Maintain OSI system interfaces to include DNP, Modbus, ICCP, weather apps and others
  • Evaluate, test and install software updates recommended by the EMS vendor to include application and operating system patches
  • Investigate and answer Transmission System Operator questions concerning EMS operations, functions or alarms
  • Provide training and how-to documentation as needed on EMS features, applications and alarms
  • Develop and maintain maintenance and configuration procedures, schedules and related evidentiary documentation
  • Develop and maintain EMS and SCADA system standards
  • Research, recommend and implement innovative solutions and practical automated approaches for Operator tasks
  • Integrate new interfaces efficiently and securely into the EMS
  • Perform daily system monitoring, verifying the integrity and availability of hardware, server resources, systems and key processes, reviewing system and application logs, and verifying completion of scheduled operations 
  • Verify that system backups are executed properly
  • Assist with testing and implementing operating system patches to EMS servers and workstations
  • Manage and regulate user accounts on the EMS
  • Routinely test EMS failover capability by planning, preparing and implementing periodic failovers to plan for and prevent any information loss during such events
  • As required, provide log, alarm and historical data to Operations and field maintenance personnel from the EMS and the EMS historian
  • Develop and deploy EMS calculations as required
  • Provide project support for EMS upgrades and software additions including specification and proposal reviews, vendor negotiations and system testing
  • Work with the IT/OT ( Information technology/ Operations Security Technology) teams to develop and implement a change management process for software maintenance including OS patches and upgrades and upgrades for administrative tools and other utilities
  • Perform periodic performance reporting to support capacity planning
  • Attend NERC, NPCC, and NYISO meetings and workshops to keep current with changes in NERC CIP standards and requirements
  • Assist technical staff with developing and maintaining RSAWs as required by the CIP compliance program
  • Store and maintain appropriate documentation to ensure compliance with CIP standards
  • Assist with all regulatory reporting for NYISO, NERC, FERC, and other regions as needed
  • Provide administrative support with logistics and deliverables of internal and external audits as needed    

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor Degree with a technical major, such as computer science or engineering or equivalent experience
  • Four to six years’ experience maintaining an OSI Monarch EMS
  • Microsoft Server/Workstation System Administration experience
  • Experience with OSI Chronus and Web Platform applications a plus
  • Windows/Linux scripting knowledge is a plus
  • Experience supporting CIP compliance in the electric utility business is a plus
  • Must be self-motivated, disciplined and possess effective skills necessary for job
  • Must possess good communication skills
  • Critical thinker with strong knowledge of modern software applications
  • Understanding of electric utility business principles, compliance programs is a plus

This position is available in our Schenectady/Albany, NY office.   LS Power offers highly competitive compensation and benefits packages and is committed to the career development of its employees.