LCRA Real-Time Energy Trader Sr in Austin, Texas

At a senior level, provides leadership for and performs real-time, same-day, and hourly monitoring, response and energy and capacity trading. Performs generation operation functions of managing LCRA’s generating facilities to provide reliable, efficient, and cost effective energy to customers. Nominates natural gas and coordinates nomination between LCRA’s power plants, gas storage facility, natural gas suppliers and pipelines. On an as-needed basis, re-nominates natural gas to achieve the most reliable and cost effective energy production at the power plants. Enters power transaction schedules to Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Independent System Operator (ISO) to ensure correct and timely power transfers. Creates and submits resource plans, bids and offers to ERCOT. Provides guidance and on the job training to less experienced staff as needed and as part of department development schedule. This position utilizes in-depth knowledge of best practices and experience in own discipline to provide and improve services. Takes a new perspective to solve complex problems. Works independently and receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. May direct the work of other staff members.

  • Performs and provides guidance for less experienced GenDesk staff regarding real-time trading and scheduling of energy and capacity to meet LCRA’s generation strategies. Schedules natural gas on a real-time basis to meet LCRA’s generation strategies. Communicates all market and gas operation information to the Fuel & Energy Risk Management Staff.

  • Performs complex and non-standard decision-making in all aspects of LCRA's role as a Qualified Scheduling Entity (QSE) in the monitoring and adjusting of generation controls to provide the most efficient operation of power generation units. Schedules energy; manages emergencies consisting of transmission outages such as black starts; and manages market or Grid Reliability issues such as Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) following ERCOT Protocols and Guidelines, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards, LCRA Generation Desk Procedures, or other LCRA policies as appropriate. Performs complex and non-standard decision making regarding adjustments to short term load forecasts as well as decisions to bring additional units on-line or to take un-needed units off-line. Procures additional energy or capacity in the event of a loss of LCRA Generation or to meet LCRA's Customer Load requirements.

  • Performs and reports all required accounting information related to energy or natural gas to other entities including energy and gas marketing companies, ERCOT and LCRA staff.

  • Makes decisions to switch to back-up fuel (oil) when conditions warrant maintaining reliability.

  • Assists with creation and revision of GenDesk procedures.

  • Assures compliance with all ERCOT Reliability Unit Dispatches per LCRA Compliance Procedures.

  • Provides assistance with internal/external audits.

This general overview only includes essential functions of the job and does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform any other job-related duties requested by supervisor or management.

Nine or more years of experience in control room operations, generation scheduling, system scheduling or other business critical operations, with at least five years of experience in a centralized generation control desk. A degree(s) in finance, economics, math, electrical theory, electrical power distribution, electrical power generation, computer science or relevant field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience.

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Apply By Date: 1/1/1900