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Director of Resource and Program Development

Organization : Southern California Public Power Authority
Location: United States, California,
End of contest: June 30, 2014
Type (Full time / Part time): Full Time
Description
Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) has a position available for a Director of Resource and Program Development. SCPPA has the desire to expand the project development and program development capabilities in the Resource and Program Development Department. The Director of Resource and Program Development will report to the Executive Director and supervises the Project Development Manager, Program Development Manager, and the Resource Development Assistant Manager positions.

The SCPPA Members perform their own integrated resource planning, load forecasting, and production cost modeling functions and processes. In addition, the SCPPA Members manage the development of their own demand-side management programs. In the future, SCPPA intends to provide the Members with an integrated set of resources to help the Members identify and satisfy their overlapping needs for the development of new generation and transmission projects and identify and satisfy their overlapping needs for the development of demand-side management programs.

Job Description

SCPPA is a joint powers authority, and was created in 1980 by the publicly owned utilities (POUs) in Southern California to provide financing for their participation in electric generating facilities and high voltage transmission lines. The twelve SCPPA Members include the cities of Anaheim, Azusa, Banning, Burbank, Cerritos, Colton, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Riverside, Vernon, and the Imperial Irrigation District. Together, the Members serve over two million residential and business customers in Southern California, representing a population that exceeds 5 million people.

Since its formation, SCPPA has issued over $14.1 billion in original issuance and refinancing revenue bonds and has structured more than $1 billion in derivative transactions. It is expected that (1) the thirteen SCPPA projects which currently have debt financing, will make use of future revenue bond transactions; (2) SCPPA may potentially issue revenue bonds associated with some of the twelve SCPPA projects which currently do not have public debt financing; and (3) SCPPA may potentially issue revenue bonds for new SCPPA projects. Considering new and existing projects, SCPPA expects to issue several hundred million in revenue bonds over the next several years.

The integrated resource planning processes and activities are critical to the longterm viability of the Members, and are performed by the Members. It will be the job of the Resource and Program Development Department to aggregate the project development needs of the Members, using the projections developed by the Members. It is envisioned that, based on California's Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), many of the resources that Members will need developed for their portfolios will be primarily renewables.

The Director of Resource and Program Development will develop business relationships with internal and outside entities including other public utilities, service providers, project and program developers, and regulatory agencies. The successful candidate will provide guidance and leadership to and regulatory reporting for the following cross-functional Member business teams:

  • Resource Planning Working Group
  • Renewables Working Group
  • Transmission Working Group
  • Generation Working Group
  • Transmission and Distribution Engineering and Operations Working Group
  • Energy Storage Working Group
  • Public Benefits Working Group
  • Energy Efficiency Working Group
  • Distributed Generation Working Group
  • Electric Vehicles Working Group
  • Smart Grid Working Group

The Director will represent SCPPA as the primary negotiator for power resource, transmission, and public benefit contracts.

The Director will oversee the preparation and issuance of requests for proposals (RFPs) or other solicitations to outside power suppliers and the analysis and screening these proposals for potential inclusion into the planning models. The Director also coordinates with the Members' Engineering and Production Departments to ensure all commercially available supply- and demand-side resource options (including energy storage) are fully understood and parameters are correctly incorporated into the planning models. All relevant data must be collected and analyzed to ensure a comprehensive review of the alternatives. These resource planning processes must include a complete set of viable scenarios which include multiple timeframes and relevant planning variables. The Director must be able to manage skilled modelers, coordinate with outside consultants, and present complex resource planning recommendations to the Senior Staff at the Authority and the Board of Directors and develop the projects and power purchase agreements.

This Director will work with and provide oversight of employees as they develop reports and charts suitable for presentation to the Senior Staff and the Board of Directors. This individual will be asked regularly to lead discussions and brief the Board on the Members' integrated resource needs and recommended solutions. It is vitally important that this Director coordinates with the other Directors in the Authority. This position will have a major impact on the Members' resource plans and demand side programs for the future and SCPPA's financial success.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Advise SCPPA senior management, the Resource Planning Working Group, Generation Working Group, Renewables Working Group, Public Benefits Committee, Energy Storage Working Group, Electric Vehicle Working Group, T&D E&O Working Group, Transmission Working Group, and the Board on strategic issues related to power supply and resource planning, load and energy forecasting, and production cost modeling
  • Take responsibility for aggregating and analyzing the Members' annual load and energy forecasts
  • Build power supply and resource planning, load and energy forecasting, and production cost modeling capabilities to assist the Members
  • Launch the SCPPA Request for Information (RFI) process for potential power supply resource solutions that may be required by 2030 and beyond, including replacement of existing coal-fired generation resources beginning as early as 2016 to as late as 2027
  • Ensure integrated resource plans are developed, coordinated with SCPPA employees in project and program development, and accepted by the Senior Staff and the Board of Directors
  • Take the lead in developing the desired generating resources and/or power purchase agreements that satisfy the Members' needs
  • Advise SCPPA senior management, the Public Benefits Working Group, Electric
  • Vehicle Working Group, Energy Storage Working Group, and the Board on strategic issues related to public benefits, energy efficiency, distributed generation, electric vehicles, and Smart Grid
  • Participate in the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) and American
  • Public Power Association (APPA) legislative committees promoting SCPPA positions
  • Represent SCPPA as the primary negotiator for power resource, transmission and public benefit contracts
  • Create monthly Board reports and present them at the monthly SCPPA Board meetings
  • Interact and create a dialogue with employees, managers, and Senior Staff to ensure the Authority positions are understood and promoted
  • Manage and motivate talented employees who perform significant analysis and modeling work
  • Responsible for managing employees engaged in aggregated regulatory reporting for the Members
  • Be a major contributor to the process whereby requests for proposals (RFPs) are prepared and issued to outside power suppliers, and then analyzed and screened for potential inclusion into the planning models
  • Be a major contributor to the contracts negotiating team
  • Travel as required. Normally one or two trips per month  Additional duties as required by the Executive Director
Requirements

Minimum Job Requirements

  • A minimum of 10 to 15 years of industry experience in integrated resource planning, forecasting, and/or production cost modeling
  • Electric Utility and/or public power experience is required
  • Should have knowledge of bulk power system operations especially in the Western Systems Coordinating Council, ISO rules and scheduling protocols, and electricity, natural gas, and ancillary services market fundamentals
  • Should have knowledge of utility ratemaking, energy settlements and accounting, electrical system operations, and system reliability criteria
  • A minimum of 10 years of industry experience in designing and administering public benefits, energy efficiency, distributed generation, electric vehicles, and Smart Grid programs
  • Should have an excellent understanding of contract development and negotiation
  • Should be familiar with electric market operations in an RTO and/or an ISO
  • Should be familiar with FERC oversight of competitive markets
  • Job Skills
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Products
    • Experience with forecasting and modeling methods
    • Experience in managing employees
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally with others inside and outside of the company, including Members, Board members, and outside consultants
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks
  • Demonstrated experience in promoting and working in a team environment
  • Customer service orientation
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships, internally and externally
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Statistics, Engineering, and/or an equivalent degree
Contact

Organization:
Southern California Public Power Authority
Address:
225 S Lake Ave
Pasadena
California United States
www.scppa.org


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