Principal Power Resources Specialist

City of San Jose, San Jose, CA
Preparing Tomorrow's Energy Professionals

The Community Energy Department is looking for a Principal Power Resources Specialist to join the Power Supply Team.
Successful candidates will have a deep knowledge of California energy markets, relationships, and experience working
with a variety of market participants, including: large energy trading firms, independent power producers, investor
owned and municipal utilities, and CCAs.
Ideal candidates have strong analytical skills with extensive experience related to power trading and origination, and
contract negotiations in California energy markets. This role is part of a fast-paced team, often working on multiple highpriority projects and short deadlines.
This position reports to the Deputy Director of the Power Resources Division. Successful Candidates will possess:
 Extensive knowledge of energy market indices, pricing trends, seasonal market dynamics, and experience using this
knowledge to improve power portfolio performance.
 Experience in contract negotiations with large energy trading firms, utilities, and renewable developers.
 Extensive experience with energy contracts including energy and capacity transactions, the Edison Electric Institute
(EEI) agreement, and short-term Western Systems Power Pool (WSSP) transactions, tolling agreements, and longterm power purchase agreements (PPA’s).
 Strong data analytics skills, experience implementing data driven strategies, to improve power portfolio
performance. Experience in managing power bids and requests for proposals.
 Knowledge related to power generation technologies, major asset owners, risks and benefits of various power
sources and contract structures.
 Knowledge and experience working with regulatory compliance agencies e.g. the California Public Utilities
Commission (CPUC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), CEC, and FERC.
 Experience with CAISO markets, other RTO’s, power scheduling and settlement functions to ensure compliance and
reduce market risks and costs.
 Experience developing long & short-term resource plans; including integrated resource planning to develop an
electric utility’s resource needs to cost effectively meet expected electricity demand over the planning horizon.
 Power product procurement, including trades in energy, resource adequacy, green products, and shaped,
dispatchable and risk reduction products.
 Oversee load forecasting. Prepare, issue and evaluate power solicitations. Short, Medium and Long-Term power
procurement contract negotiation. Undertake power cost forecasting, procurement strategy and analysis.
 Prepare procurement related compliance responsibilities such as Integrated Resource Planning, RPS Procurement
Plans, Resource Adequacy Annual and Month Ahead filings.
 Explore and when appropriate pursue power resources development, construction, and operation.
 Put into place, maintain and oversee scheduling coordination functions. Verify settlements.
 Develop and maintain relationships with key power suppliers. Participate in joint procurement with other CCAs
including developing and negotiating contracts, and assessing power procurement deals.

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Economics, Engineering,
Environmental Studies, Law, Natural Resources, Statistics, or related field to utility business. A Master’s degree
is highly desirable.
Experience: Six (6) years of progressively responsible related experience overseeing and administering energy
resources operations, planning, purchasing, scheduling, or contract negotiations.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in the US. Please be informed the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/ transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

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