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Illinois Municipal Electric Agency

Location: Springfield, IL US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: January 28, 2022
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Are you interested in joining a dynamic organization with an engaged team of professionals to develop our power supply resources for the future?  Do you want to be part of a team that works to develop and implement innovative new programs and projects to serve our engaged membership?

The State’s largest municipal power supplier seeks an experienced power supply professional to analyze, evaluate and help implement the acquisition of new power supply resources that satisfy current and future environmental and regulatory requirements.  The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency is responsible for wholesale electric supply to 32 municipal electric utilities throughout the State.  IMEA has a peak load of nearly 1,000 MW and annual budget of over $350M per year.  You’d join our team of energy professionals at our state-of-the-art headquarters in Springfield, Illinois.

IMEA shares a sense of purpose and takes great pride in the value we provide to our members.  If you’re searching for a collaborative working environment that values innovative ideas, diverse perspectives and provides opportunities to make a real difference, consider joining the IMEA team.

The successful candidate will, as a member of the Engineering Department, provide analysis and evaluate potential long term power supply resources; solicit and review vendor proposals; actively participate in contract negotiations; coordinate various departments’ efforts to determine the best means to acquire such resources and ensure federal and state regulatory compliance.

Required qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, construction management, economics, finance, business or other related field.  Relevant work experience in a related position in the field will be considered in addition to the applicant’s educational experience.

Duties

    1. Work with Electric Operations staff to review short and long-term capacity and energy resource needs to determine options for resources moving forward.
    2. Work with Energy Markets staff to determine the appropriate fuel mix estimates of the resources that IMEA is acquiring in the short and mid-term markets (0-5 years), both in the MISO and PJM RTO’s and the bilateral contracts that the Agency currently has or will have in the future.
    3. Work in a team to expand use of renewables or offset credits to assist in regulatory compliance.  These resources will require a significant amount of time to review terms and conditions, negotiate those terms as part of our team and ensure correct implementation of these terms and conditions.
    4. Contact and follow up with national and regional power resource marketers and developers that are working on projects that could add value to IMEA and its members.
    5. Work in a team to analyze options and determine which of these projects hold the most cost/benefit potential for IMEA and the members’ long term needs.
    1. Solicit operational/physical/financial/political and other impacts of such resources from IMEA staff and management initially, and then seek input and direction from the IMEA Board via Senior Management.
    2. Work within Engineering team to have department lead in the preparation and delivery of Requests for Proposals (or other such procurement vehicles) to send to developers, other utilities and other qualified firms that can meet the capacity and energy resource needs of IMEA. 
    3. Work within the Engineering team to have department lead in review of vendor proposals and negotiations for resources, long-term purchase power agreements, carbon credits and any other compliance mechanisms that are allowed under any state or federal mandate on environmental compliance.
    4. Coordinate efforts with Energy Markets and Accounting/Finance departments to track all  agency owned or contracted Renewable Energy Credits, Carbon Credits or other such products as are required to comply with any IMEA approved policy, and all state and federal energy regulation.
    5. Work within the Engineering and Markets team to understand the evolving regulatory environment RTO (PJM/MISO) resource obligations and work with others to ensure overall compliance.
    6. Other duties as assigned to facilitate the effective operation of the IMEA, IMUA and IPEA.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering, construction management or other related field (business, finance, economics, etc.) or equivalent experience required. 
  • Electric utility experience and knowledge of generating assets, market transactions, developing and negotiating power supply and power resource contracts, and forecasting preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and project management skills.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and policies that govern public utilities.
  • Demonstrated experience and capability to solicit, analyze, negotiate and carry out implementation of significant energy developments and/ or public works projects in a consistent and professional manner.
  • Experience with data manipulation and analysis tool development such as querying from databases, manipulating large data sets, and regression analysis.
  • Excellent computer skills with a particular expertise developing spreadsheet-based models and manipulating database software applications.   
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to negotiate contract terms and effectively manage multiple projects to meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team oriented environment and possess the ability to analyze and resolve problems.

IMEA offers highly competitive salaries and excellent benefits including an employer funded retirement program and a family medical plan.  Dental, vision, life insurance, long term care along with short and long term disability benefits are also provided at no cost to the employee.  Send resume to: thall@imea.org & join the IMEA team.

 

IMEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer