This position supervises the Agency’s Power Settlements department and manages the activities related to the settlement of wholesale energy market activities associated with NCPA and counterparties, balancing authority areas, Agency members, NCPA Participants and customers, or other parties involved in Western Energy markets by performing duties personally or through staff. This department often collaborates with other NCPA divisions to develop or revise software applications to implement regulatory, contractual or market changes that impact the Power Settlements department.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This position requires that the incumbent reports for work on time and maintains satisfactory attendance in accordance with Agency policy; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives to meetings and appointments on time; Performs special assignments for the Manager of Information Services and Power Settlements or others as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Manages the time dependent settlement processes directly or through subordinates.
Acquire, validate, and submit disputes, when necessary, the daily and monthly ISO Settlement Statements and any subsequent recalculated settlement statements; Validate weekly ISO Invoices associated with multiple scheduling coordinator accounts; Reconcile, invoice, and settle for monthly power transactions with California and Western power market participants; Reconcile monthly power transactions with the Western Area Power Administration and between Western and the CVP Corporation; Reconcile monthly power transactions with long-term power providers.
Prepare comprehensive monthly All Resources Bills for allocation of applicable charges and credits to Members and customers for their participation in various programs such as Metered Sub-System Aggregator Agreement, Facilities Agreement associated with jointly owned generating resources, Pooling Agreement, Market Purchase Program, and Natural Gas Program, etc.
Perform daily settlement quality meter data validation process; Perform accounting and allocation of Renewable Energy Credit (REC) transactions; Perform accounting and allocation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and compliance instruments in accordance with California Air Resources Board (CARB) rules and applicable Project Agreements.
Perform annual true-up of NCPA Annual budget settlement costs and revenues to Members.
Manages the development, implementation, and acceptance of updates, modifications, and changes to NCPA settlements computer applications such as Pool Billing, ISO Charges and Invoices, Credit Management, Check outs of Third-Party energy transactions, Metered Sub System Aggregator agreements.
Participates in regulatory stakeholder processes as a representative for NCPA regarding settlements issues. Participates and collaborates with other NCPA staff on programs and agreements of NCPA members, participants and other customers.
Provides support to Power Management, as needed, for regulatory cases and litigation at FERC and services to members. May also provide written or oral presentations as needed.
Prepares an annual departmental budget. Reports to and advises upper management as to the activities and staffing of the department, and other duties as management may assign.
Effectively supervises department staff, provides direction/coaching, prepares performance appraisals, recommends increases, and hires or disciplines as needed.
Prepares written and oral reports, and conducts training for staff and members as required. Examples may include: Presentations and reports to ad hoc pooling committee meeting members, Utility Directors; Facilities Committee meeting members; Utility Directors; and other NCPA governing bodies; Develop training for members related to ‘NCPA Billing 101’, DataPortal application; All Resources Bill; Bid-to-Bill settlement validations, etc.
Responds to and satisfactorily resolves members’ inquiries related to settlement, billing or invoice transactions contained on the All Resources Bill or supporting detail contained on the NCPA DataPortal.
Performs other related duties as required.
Education and/or Experience A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in a major that included courses in quantitative analysis, plus six (6) years related settlements experience and/or training. Prior supervisory experience is preferred.
Knowledge and experience with settlements in an Independent System Operator environment such as the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is highly desirable.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES Knowledge: Proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office (including Excel), Oracle SQL (strongly preferred); Knowledge of analytical and data manipulation applications a plus: SAS, R, Python, Power BI, or other programming languages; Knowledge of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) wholesale energy market.
Abilities: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and apply the fundamentals of algebra, plane geometry and trigonometry; Apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations; Effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors; Ability to trace source of operational transactions or budget programs to resulting members’ financial obligations; Ability to analyze and interpret settlements formulas expressed in summation notation; Analyze and summarize time series data into a reportable form and present to relevant audiences including customers, managers, executives, clients and the general public; Read, analyze and interpret various agreements, contracts, procedures and regulations and solve practical problems and deal with a variety of complex variables where limited standardization exists.
Valid California Driver's License and insurance.
Directly supervises employees in the Power Settlements department. Performs supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, or crouch.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
All employees are responsible for contributing to an inclusive, safe, and secure work environment that values diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences, and is free from discrimination.
The Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), a California Joint Action Agency, was established in 1968 by a consortium of locally owned electric utilities to make joint investments in energy resources that would ensure an affordable, reliable, and clean supply of electricity for customers in its member communities. NCPA members include municipalities, a rural electric cooperative, and other publicly owned entities for which the not-for-profit agency provides such services as the purchase, aggregation, scheduling, and management of electrical energy.
Most critically for its 16 members, NCPA over the past four decades has constructed and today operates and maintains a fleet of power plants that is among the cleanest in the nation, and that provides reliable and affordable electricity to more than 600,000 Californians. NCPA made a major investment in renewable energy in the early 1980s when it developed two geothermal power plants and financed and built a 250 megawatt hydroelectric facility. Thirty years later, these resources continue to generate reliable, emission-free electricity for its member communities.
NCPA’s 775 megawatt portfolio of power plants is approximately 50% ...greenhouse gas emission-free. NCPA’s mix of geothermal, hydroelectric, and natural gas resources is well positioned to help its members achieve California’s goal of a 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2030. NCPA member utilities also have invested heavily in the most environmentally friendly form of electricity—the megawatts that you don’t use.
NCPA’s commitment to the environment reflects its status as a not-for-profit public entity whose policies and values are set not by investors, but by locally elected or appointed officials who serve as the energy regulators in the cities, towns, and districts that are members of the Agency.