Generation Resource Planning Manager

  • 250 Outcropping Way, Folsom, CA 95630, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) manages the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines that make up 80 percent of California's power grid. We safeguard the economy and well-being of 30 million Californians by operating the grid reliably 24/7.

As the impartial grid operator, the California ISO opens access to the wholesale power market that is designed to diversify resources and lower prices. It also grants equal access to 25,865 circuit-miles of power lines and reduces barriers to diverse resources competing to bring power to customers.

The California ISO's function is often compared to that of air traffic controllers. It would be grossly unfair for air traffic controllers to represent one airline and profit from allowing that company's planes to go through before others. In the same way, the California ISO operates independently—managing the electron traffic on a power grid we do not own—making sure electricity is safely delivered to utilities and consumers on time and reliably.

Job Description

Acts as a technical expert responsible for ensuring the competitive electricity market continues to provide sufficient generation to maintain reliable service. Participates in the ISO’s long term assessment studies, develops generation resource adequacy metrics, and performs related complex simulations and calculations. Provides oversight of the generation resource transitions in the western interconnection including resource retirements and development activities.

What's In it for You

Our purpose is to lead the way to tomorrow's energy network. Make a difference and impact millions of people who depend on electricity in their everyday lives.

  • You get to work on interesting and challenging assignments that will help grow your skill set.
  • You will work in an extremely collaborative environment inside our LEED certified Folsom, California campus.
  • You will be challenged, be a part of a winning team, and your contributions will be rewarded and recognized.

 What You Will Be Doing

  • Provides technical leadership and manages the generation resource planning assessment studies incorporation into the CAISO’s long term planning process, with particular focus on the assessment of future resource technology enhancements. Contributes to the overall preparation of the CAISO 10 Year Transmission Plan and especially the 20 Year Outlook. Supports transmission planning initiatives, including, if necessary, providing evidence and testimony in regulatory proceedings addressing the need for transmission system reinforcement.
  • Leads and supports industry consultation on the development of resource adequacy metrics, such as probabilistic loss-of-load or energy-not-served parameters. Manages the advancement of the industry’s understanding of the impacts and benefits of various approaches, and through a consultative process develops the appropriate thresholds such that reliable service is provided to Californians.
  • Provides expertise in the implementation of a procurement process for generation if it is required for reliability purposes.
  • Acts as the subject matter expert for resource potential in California and the West, and understanding business drivers for different types of generation including economic and market considerations. Serves as a representative of the CAISO to the industry in collaborative efforts on various economic and government initiatives investigating generation and energy technology potential.
  • Provides leadership and subject matter expertise to support the ISO in external engagements. Participates in CPUC proceedings related to resource planning, submitting comments and testimony, as well as WECC and other regional adequacy evaluation efforts. Collaborates with external entities to develop appropriate generation resource adequacy metrics and thresholds. Actively manages stakeholder issues and concerns.



Level of Education and Discipline:

  • A Bachelor's degree (BA, BS) or equivalent education, training or experience in Engineering or related technical area.
  • Master’s Degree or MBA desirable.

Amount of Experience:

  • Equivalent years of education and training, plus ten (10) or more years related experience.

Type of Experience:

  • Vast experience in the areas of generation resource planning, generation project development, transmission planning, or a combination thereof.  
  • Detailed understanding of electric power generation and resource planning principles, including adequacy analysis techniques, production simulation, capacity expansion modeling and reliability evaluations.
  • Experience in understanding generation project development and related economic analysis.
  • Experience and demonstrated project management skills and managing complex issues with a cross-functional team.
  • Experience with stakeholder relations and stakeholder collaboration efforts including preparing and presenting information.

Additional Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to think strategically and devise solutions to problems in keeping with multiple considerations.
  • Excellent leadership abilities with experience coaching and developing others.
  • Must demonstrate sound judgment and critical thinking when making decisions.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment as team leader, facilitator and team member. 
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills required, including the ability to effectively communicate complex materials and concepts.
  • Must be able to handle a dynamic and changing work environment, and work well independently. 
  • Ability to work to deadlines in a demanding and challenging environment. 
  • Competence with Microsoft Office software, and in particular, Excel.
  • Ability to work independently and also work collaboratively with a broad group of stakeholders.
  • Negotiation skills desired.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.