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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Resource Dispatch and Trading Trainee, Specialist or Senior (IRC39365) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Maintain expertise, mentor and provide leadership in the responsibilities of Tri-State Resource Dispatch and Trading, Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS), California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Western Energy Imbalance Market (WEIM) and bilateral markets within the operational and compliance parameters set forth by the regulations, reliability standards and business practices established by Tri-State ., the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Regional Reliability Organizations (RRO) and the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB).

Note : There is one position available, and the position will be filled at either the Resource Dispatch and Trading Trainee (NB18), Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist (NB20) or Senior Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist (NB22). This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected, and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.

Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes : Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Work Schedules, Life Insurance, Retirement Option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Senior Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist

Hiring Salary Range: $97,000-$122,000

Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist

Hiring Salary Range: $80,000-$101,000

Resource Dispatch and Trading Trainee

Hiring Salary Range: $66,000-$83,000

Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring range based upon work experience, education, and/or skilled level.

Job Requirements


  • Ensure that all decisions and actions are in full compliance with applicable NERC operating standards, other regional and regulatory standards and Tri-State's Energy Risk Management Policy.

  • Take and/or direct timely and appropriate real-time action in bilateral market, SPP WEIS and CAISO WEIM with the potential of additional markets or Regional Transmission Organization (RTO).

  • Evaluate options and take decisive actions under time constraints and/or with limited information in response to real time system events to preserve the stable and reliable operation of the Bulk Electric System.

  • Recognize the impact of changing system conditions on interchange deviations within and between each Balancing Authority Area that Tri-State reports to, and take action to respond.

  • Utilize Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications to recognize, interpret, detect, and take action such as, but not limited to: alarm response, generator status change, Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR)/Power System Stabilizer (PSS) status change, Inter-Control Center Communications Protocol (ICCP) data failure, Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) and metering status changes, and remote start/stop of generating units.

  • Recognize patterns in power system data, identify the associated condition and determine appropriate actions.

  • Detect data and technology failures, identify impact on work processes and take decisive actions to retain business continuity 24x7.

  • Synthesize data from multiple sources to analyze and forecast real-time dynamic resource patterns, load obligations, generation dispatch capabilities, transmission capacity and market opportunities to maximize margins in real time.

  • Utilize generating characteristics to direct the output of generating units to maintain system control performance at lowest possible cost.

  • Monitor, detect and interpret proper generator reactive output and generator status and coordinate with appropriate Transmission Operators and/or Balancing Authorities.

  • Manage real-time natural gas positions and the natural gas pipeline process to predict, nominate, schedule and confirm flowing natural gas for the direct start up, shut down and loading of gas turbines for contractual obligations, market opportunities, load balancing and system emergencies.

  • Monitor and maintain operating reserves at all times. Respond appropriately to Southwest Reserve Sharing Group (SRSG) and Northwest Power Pool (NWPP) events.

  • Report generation outages in compliance with respective Reliability Coordinator Outage Management Methodologies and software systems. Advanced ability to articulate outage causes and length of time.

  • Monitor, assess impact, and respond to unexpected curtailments and/or generation re-dispatch instructions due to unscheduled flow mitigation procedures.

  • Monitor generator fuel supply limitations, especially during severe weather events and communicate status with Balancing Authority Area (BAA), Transmission Operators (TO) and Reliability Coordinators (RC) as required.

  • Represent Tri-State's contractual rights, obligations, and confidentiality with market counterparties, Transmission Service Providers (TSP), Reserve Sharing Groups (RSG) and the Western Systems Power Pool (WSPP) Agreement.

  • Analyze relationships between transmission and commodity availability, and market price.

  • Optimize use of Tri-State's long-term network and point-to-point transmission rights and purchase transmission capacity real-time to optimally schedule energy to load using web-driven platforms supporting open access.

  • Ensure all applicable real-time transactions are scheduled and tagged in accordance with Regional requirements.

  • Log relevant operating information, problems and issues encountered during the shift as source of evidence to meet compliance initiatives.

  • Interface with Energy Portfolio, Settlements, Energy Resources, Risk Management personnel and other departments as needed.

  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.

  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.

  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.


  • Perform additional duties that are not specifically outlined in the job description, policies, programs, procedures or guidelines but result from workflow changes.

  • Lead and mentor Resource Dispatch Specialists and Trainees as their skills and experience progress.

  • Explain and demonstrate job responsibilities as part of on-the-job training of co-workers.

  • Lead by example to preserve the consistency and quality of job performance in Energy markets.

  • Transcribe workflow actions, including the use of tools and technologies, into relevant procedures, references and job task documentation.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Planning: system awareness; advanced ability to look ahead, predict, and plan within timelines; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.

  • Time management: ability to complete job responsibilities in a defined amount of time.

  • Advanced ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions both functionally and strategically.

  • Leadership: Demonstrate calm and effective leadership during time-constrained, contingency, and emergency situations. Mentor and support learning programs of co-workers.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.

  • Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and maintain effective working relationships with all Tri-State personnel; recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others and seek input from others.

  • Establish and maintain positive business relationships with counterparts at regional or national utilities and marketer organizations, including Joint Owned Unit participants.

  • Develop business relationships that optimize Tri-State's presence in the energy market.

  • Advanced computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office Suite, and other related applications; adaptability to industry specific software.

  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to take initiate and work independently with minimal direction.

  • Strong work ethic and willingness to continuously learn.


Education and Training

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, Finance or other related discipline or an equivalent combination of work experience and/or education.

  • Completion of Tri-State's Resource Dispatch and Trading training program unless there is qualified experience.

  • NERC certification, preferably Balancing and Interchange or Balancing, Interchange and Transmission; must maintain NERC certification to perform the position requirements through approved continuing educations hours (CEHs).

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Proficient analytical, quantitative, and economic evaluation skills as well as creative problem solving skills.

  • Advanced technical skills in the application of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Automatic Generation Control, data transfer technologies, and reactive power.

  • Expert working knowledge of database and spreadsheet software applications; adapt experience to industry specific software.

  • Must be able to remain calm in stressful conditions and quickly make complex, critical decisions.

  • Ability to perform under considerable stress induced by deadlines, emergency situations and a rotating work schedule.

  • Excellent verbal and written interpersonal communication skills.

  • Must have ability to develop highly credible and effective relationships with counterparties.

  • Must be flexible, inquisitive and able to thoroughly understand the electric market dynamics.

  • Ability to oversee and coordinate complex projects and complete in a timely manner.

  • Attention to detailed required.


  • Completion of Resource Dispatch and Trading Training Program, demonstration of group leadership and four (4) years in Tri-State's Resource Dispatch and Trading group or five (5) years of related commodity trading and resource dispatch experience, preferably in the electric utility industry and NERC certification.


  • The hours of work are structured as rotating shifts covering 24 hours/day and 7 days/week, every day of the year, and are subject to change at any time. Employees are subject to overtime work any time of the day or week. The employee must be able to adapt to revised schedules and manage changes in methods and priorities of work.

  • Willingness to complete Tri-State Resource Dispatch and Trading Program if experience is outside of Tri-State.

  • Willingness to travel as required (Must possess a valid driver's license.)

  • Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.


  • Knowledge of electric power and natural gas fundamentals including basic understanding of risk management.

Note : The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist. Those with less experience will be hired at the Resource Dispatch and Trading Trainee or Specialist grade level.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time, occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, and reach above and below shoulder level. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls and to talk and hear.

Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.

Work Environment: Most duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office equipment.

Additional Details

All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site.

Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs.

Company Description

Tri-State is a wholesale power supply cooperative, operating on a not-for-profit basis, with 45 members, including 42 utility electric distribution cooperative and public power district members in four states: Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. Together with its members, Tri-State delivers reliable, affordable and responsible power and energy services to more than a million electricity consumers across nearly 200,000 square miles of the West.

Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., approximately 1,200 people are employed by Tri-State across five states.

Tri-State's electricity is generated from coal, natural gas and hydropower, with a rapidly increasing supply generated from wind and solar. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5,700 miles of high voltage transmission lines. Tri-State's transformative Responsible Energy Plan is reducing emissions, increasing renewable resources, developing new energy services and delivering more flexibility for its members.

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