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Power System Dispatcher

Western Area Power Administration

Location: Folsom, California US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: Other
Date Posted: August 19, 2021
Reference Code: 21-WN-00224-11199708-DE


Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 57 hydropower plants operated by the Bureau of ReclamationU.S. Army Corps of Engineers ​and the International Boundary and Water Commission. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.


This position is part of the WAPA Sierra Nevada Region, within the Department Of Energy. As a Power System Dispatcher, you will be responsible for real-­time management of reliability activities. These activities are associated with the assigned position responsibilities and duties of the balancing, interchange, and/or the transmission operator in the respective region.

Duties are listed at the full performance level:

Takes prompt and appropriate actions to maintain strict compliance with FERC Standards of Conduct and NERC Standards. Performs real-time and next day system studies to determine system impacts of possible contingencies and determines mitigation of possible operating conditions. Utilizes SCADA/Energy Management System (EMS) and other advanced computer networks and applications to control, record, modify parameters, verify, and analyze BES and lower voltage systems operational data. Analyzes the written log and verbal information from dispatchers leaving shift to ascertain present conditions of the power system. Develops a general plan for the shift based on system conditions and scheduled or anticipated facility outages. Coordinates actions with other dispatchers, customers, external companies, marketing personnel, generator operators, reliability coordinators, and management, as necessary and makes appropriate and timely notifications and personnel callouts.


You’re making a great choice when you choose a career with the U.S. Government. A career with the federal government provides employees with a first-class benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

WAPA offers a competitive base pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

• Health and Life Insurance

• Dental and Vision 

• Long Term Care 

• Flexible Spending Accounts

• Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent) with up to 5% matching contributions

• Defined-Benefit Pension 

• Paid Annual and Sick Leave

• 11 Paid Federal Holidays


Join WAPA's team and "keep the lights on" for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America's energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier!

WAPA is proud to be ranked as a Best Place to Work in the Federal Government.