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Remote Operations Control Center Operator

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Employer:  Horizon Wind Energy
Job Ref:  661
Industry:  Energy - Renewable
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Job Type:  Full Time
Career Level:  Experienced - Non-Managerial
Degree Level:  High School
Country:  United States
State/Province:  Texas
City:  Houston
Houston, TX, USA (Show on map)
Salary:  Inquire
11/03/2013 01:11 AM

General Description

Is responsible for directing, monitoring, and coordinating the operation of EDPR NA wind assets from the Remote Operations Control Center (ROCC).  Ensures that the operations of Wind Power Plants (WPP) comply with all applicable North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards and practices.  Works independently, with guidance in only complex situations.

Main Accountabilities

•    Monitors real-time control center operations and the performance of wind farms across the US and applies established procedures in order to guarantee maximum availability, sale of energy, and wind farm service
•    Reports and documents the status of forced and planned plant outages to Regional Transmission Organization/ Independent System Operators ( RTO/ISO)
•    Develops and implements effective strategies to maximize the WPP value by capturing profit opportunities in the real-time power markets
•    Evaluates system alarms and irregularities, taking corrective action as outlined in established guidelines
•    Ensures quality and accuracy of EDPR NA real-time generation information being tele-metered to RTO/ISO
•    Calls-out field and emergency service personnel when appropriate
•    Directs electrical substation switching at EDPR NA facilities using a detailed understanding of the Company’s electrical switching practices
•    Ensures turbine and substation data integrity for internal databases used for reporting purposes
•    Uses OEM SCADA (Original Equipment Manufacturer Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to control the real and reactive power of the 5 unique types of turbines now in use
•    Maintains understanding of the energy markets where Company assets are located
•    Maintains understanding of commercial practices as they relate to managing merchant power pricing and scheduling
•    Additional duties as required

Position Requirements

Required Professional Experience: 3+ years in power system operations, power production, or related energy operations

Required Licensure Or Certification: Incumbent must obtain NERC Reliability Coordinator certification within 18 months, and PJM Generator Operator certifications (and other applicable certifications as required) within 12 months

Required Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of AC theory and power flow; Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office software, OSI PI, and database development and management

Other Requirements:
•    Ability to use multiple OEM SCADA applications
•    Ability to understand and put into practice energy market selling processes
•    Ability to influence individuals and groups
•    Strong interpersonal skills
•    Strong background in electrical AC theory and power flow
•    High attention to detail
•    Strong analytical and quantitative skills
•    Strong written and oral communication skills
•    Ability to be self-motivated
•    Ability to perform job tasks in a collaborative working environment
•    Availability and willingness to work a rotating schedule as assigned, with shifts comprising a 24-hour, seven days per week operation

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