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Transmission Power System Dispatcher

Western Area Power Administration

Location: Folsom, CA US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: High School or Equivalent
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: February 21, 2023
Reference Code: N/A

The power system dispatcher has the responsibility and authority to take or direct timely and

appropriate real-time actions that ensure the reliable operation of the BES. This authority is

implicit and allows the power system dispatcher to take or direct timely and appropriate real-time

actions without obtaining approval from higher level personnel within the organization.

Appropriateness of these actions will be dictated by current system conditions and applicable

NERC Reliability Standards, as well as operating agreements and operating procedures.

The Power System dispatcher performs activities associated with the assigned position

responsibilities and duties of the balancing, interchange, and/or the transmission operations in the

respective region.


  • Monitors and operates power system equipment considering public safety and proper operation within equipment capabilities. Initiates or directs timely and appropriate real-time actions during normal and emergency conditions to ensure the stable and reliable operation of the BES and lower voltage systems while taking corrective action, as required to achieve or maintain these limitations, including re-dispatch of generation, cancellation of planned generation and transmission outages without prior supervisory approval.
  • In the event of a BES or lower voltage system disturbance or unplanned outage, completes outage and incident reports within time parameters. Takes steps to gather information and data to aid in prompt completion of disturbance analysis and distribute to appropriate personnel. Participates in subsequent investigations, as required.
  • Utilizes EMS and other advanced applications to control, record, modify parameters, verify, and analyze BES and lower voltage systems operational data.
  • Knowledge of power system switching procedures sufficient to prepare, check, and direct routine and emergency switching activities.
  • Knowledge of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Energy Management System (EMS) to monitor and operate the BES and to predict and study power system conditions and contingencies.
  • The employee must obtain and maintain at least the following North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) certification:
    • Transmission Operator