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Market Operations Engineer / Analyst

Electric Reliability Council of Texas

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Rqd Experience: Less than 2 years
Date Posted: December 21, 2022
Reference Code: R1255
AT ERCOT, our diverse and dynamic work environment provides a platform on which employees can work together to build the future of the Texas power grid and wholesale market utilizing the latest technologies and resources. It is an exciting time as ERCOT transforms to meet the needs of our partners and our state. We encourage you to join our talented, dedicated workforce to develop world-class solutions for today and tomorrow's energy challenges while learning new skills and growing your career.

ERCOT is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion at all levels of our company. It is the cornerstone of our corporate values of accountability, leadership, innovation, trust, and expertise. We accept and celebrate those that join us and recognize that individuals with a wide variety of talents, ideas, and experiences propel the innovation that drives our success. A diverse and inclusive workforce strengthens us and allows for a collaborative environment to solve the challenges that face our industry today and in the future.

ERCOT offers the flexibility to work both in and out of the office within the state of Texas, providing our employees with an enhanced work life balance.

Working in our market operations division allows for a unique and dynamic opportunity to be at the forefront of the wholesale electricity markets in Texas. You will gain hands-on experience in market design initiatives and real-time operations of the wholesale market while developing your leadership, engineering, and data analysis skills.

Job Description Responsibilities:

This position will initially help draft the technical and business requirements for Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to participate in the ERCOT markets. Following the initial developmental stage this position will transition into the lead subject matter expert working with interested DERs during the registration and qualification phases as well as performance validation and reporting of these new resources. Some of the other primary responsibilities will include participating in an active role responding to ad hoc requests from stakeholders and presenting at stakeholder meetings, facilitating revisions to the ERCOT protocols and other key documents as well as working with internal staff, ERCOT stakeholders, and other ISOs on Distributed Energy Resource issues. This position will also provide critical backup support for other activities within the Demand Integration Department. It is preferred that candidates have knowledge and experience working with renewable energy resources connected to the distribution system.

Market Operations Engineer 1 & 2 - Demand Integration
  • Develops knowledge of the demand response services administered by ERCOT in order to support Market Participant business needs
  • Assists in monitoring and analyzing the various demand response services administered by ERCOT
  • Acquires the skill and knowledge of ERCOT procedures and business functions related wholesale market and grid operations using power engineering knowledge
  • Develops understanding and knowledge of competitive energy markets and trends
  • Develops and maintains knowledge of the wholesale market and ERCOT grid operations in order to support Market Participant business needs
  • Acquires the skills and knowledge to begin to anticipate and resolve issues within the ERCOT wholesale market and grid operations using power engineering knowledge
  • Generates and maintains market reports per requests and protocols
  • Assists the management team and senior experts in providing technical assistance to PUCT, industry and Stakeholder groups
  • With guidance from senior team members and/or management, assists in addressing Market Participant questions pertaining to the daily market and grid operations activities
  • Attends stakeholder, industry, and PUCT meetings under the direction of the ERCOT management team
  • Escalates issues to the Supervisor and/or Manager in a timely manner when necessary
  • Develops strong working relationships with other internal departments
Market Operations Analyst 1 & 2
  • Assists in monitoring and analyzing the ERCOT wholesale market.
  • Develops understanding and knowledge of competitive energy markets and trends
  • Develops and maintains knowledge of the wholesale market and ERCOT grid operations in order to support Market Participant business needs
  • Acquires the skills and knowledge to begin to anticipate and resolve issues within the ERCOT wholesale market and grid operations using power engineering knowledge
  • Generates and maintains market reports per requests and protocols
  • Assists the management team and senior experts in providing technical assistance to PUCT, industry and Stakeholder groups
  • With guidance from senior team members and/or management, assists in addressing Market Participant questions pertaining to the daily market and grid operations activities
  • Attends stakeholder, industry, and PUCT meetings under the direction of the ERCOT management team
  • Escalates issues to the Supervisor and/or Manager in a timely manner when necessary
  • Develops strong working relationships with other internal departments
  • Tests and validates changes to the applications used by the department members
Qualifications:

Education
  • Bachelor's Degree : Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • or a combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge to a major in such fields is required
Work Experience
  • Level 1: No minimum work experience required
  • Level 2: Requires minimum 1 year related work experience in excess of degree requirements
The position may be filled at level 1or level 2, depending on the candidate's experience that is identified..

Work Location:
  • Some job duties must be performed on-site at the Taylor or Austin locations, but the majority of work can be performed remote
  • Schedules will be flexible based on business needs
  • Some personal preference options may be allowed, Manager will determine if accommodations can be made based on business needs
  • May choose to work onsite 100% of the time
Work arrangements are subject to business needs and are subject to change accordingly.
About this Employer

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers -- representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 52,700+ miles of transmission lines and 1,030+ generation units, including PUNs. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 8 million premises in competitive choice areas. ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. Its members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities.