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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist I (IRC30612) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

POSITION SUMMARY (Please note that the summary listed below is for the Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist I position. The duties for the Resource Dispatch and Trading Trainee position are similar but in a trainee role.)

Responsible for being proficient in real time operations, including real time marketing and resource dispatch. Responsible for real time scheduling, balancing and monitoring of Tri-State's system to ensure that adequate resources are available to meet all Tri-State load obligations, including spinning and non-spinning reserve requirements, within the operational parameters set forth by the regulations, reliability standards and business practices established by 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: Please note that there is only one vacancy available. Applicants will be considered for the RD&T Specialist I position or RD&T Trainee position depending on overall job qualifications.

Salary Grades: RD&T Specialist I - NB20; RD&T Trainee - NB18

Job Requirements

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Please note that the duties listed below are for the Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist I position. The duties for the Resource Dispatch and Trading Trainee position are similar but in a trainee role.)

Responsible for two major functions, real time marketing and resource dispatch as well as some responsibilities that are combined between these two functions:

Real Time Marketing

  • Responsible for negotiating, executing and managing hourly commodity transactions with approved counterparties, within approved authority matrices in accordance with Tri-State's Energy Risk Management Policy.

  • Develop a short-term perspective of market direction and track regional and inter-regional commodity pricing to benefit hourly transaction negotiations.

  • Responsible for overseeing Tri-State's contractual rights, obligations and confidentiality with approved counterparties, Transmission Service Providers, Reserve Sharing Groups and the WSPP (Western Systems Power Pool) Agreement.

  • Understand and manage natural gas positions and the natural gas pipeline process to nominate, schedule and confirm flowing natural gas for turbine generation for contractual obligations, market opportunities, load balancing or system emergencies.

  • Respond to generation/transmission outages by procuring alternative resources to balance Tri-State's system, in accordance with industry standards.

  • Analyze relationship between transmission and commodity availability and market price.

  • Interface with management, Risk Management personnel and others in overseeing commodity trades.

Resource Dispatch

  • Perform hourly and intra-hour load forecasting, scheduling and balancing of Tri-State's system to achieve optimum economic dispatch for all available resources and transmission assets.

  • Restore load and generation balance during and following emergency conditions.

  • Coordinate with generating plant personnel the scheduling of unexpected maintenance and contingencies.

  • Monitor and coordinate proper generator reactive output and coordinate with appropriate Transmission Operators.

  • Direct start up, shut down and loading of gas turbines for contractual obligations, market opportunities, load balancing and system emergencies.

  • Continuously monitor and communicate generator unit status to Transmission Operators and Balancing Area Authorities without any time delay.

Combined Responsibilities

  • Accountable for professional, three-part internal and external communication with, including but not limited to, counterparties, Balancing Authorities, Transmission Operators and Reliability Coordinators.

  • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining spinning and operating reserves, as required, as at all time.

  • Responsible for responding appropriately to contingency requests from applicable Reserve Sharing Groups.

  • Monitor, respond and comply with unscheduled flow mitigation through applicable software.

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

  • Responsible for understanding Tri-State's interconnected transmission system and for purchasing transmission and creating electronic tags for applicable energy transactions through web-driven platforms supporting open access.

  • 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 resulting from workflow changes due to the evolution of Resource Dispatch and Trading that are not specifically outlined in the job description, policies, programs, procedures or guidelines.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

  • Must complete annual required Learning Management System (LMS) coursework, particularly Standards of Conduct (SOC) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).

  • Must read, agree and execute acknowledgement of Tri-State's Energy Risk Management Program and Energy Markets Code of Conduct along with adhering to other applicable policies, programs, guidelines or procedures that ensure compliance.

  • For the Trainee position, must obtain NERC certification, within management specified time period, and maintain NERC certification status while performing the requirements of this position or the Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist.


  • Planning: system awareness; ability to think ahead 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; ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions both functionally and strategically.

  • Problem analysis and problem resolution at both strategic and functional levels.

  • Technical understanding of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Automatic Generation Control and reactive power.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player; recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seek input from others.

  • 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.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.


Education and Training (The Education and Training requirements listed below are for a Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist I position.)

  • 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 Real Time Marketing or Resource Dispatcher portion of the Resource Dispatch and Trading cross-training program.

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

Education and Training requirements for a Resource Dispatch and Trading Trainee position are listed below.

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Working knowledge of database and spreadsheet software applications; and able to be adaptable to industry specific software.

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

  • 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.

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

Experience: (Experience requirements listed below are for a Resource Dispatch and Trading Specialist I.)

  • Up to three (3) years of related commodity trading or resource dispatch experience, preferably in the electric utility industry.

Experience: (Experience requirements listed below are for a Resource Dispatch and Trading Trainee.)

  • Zero (0) to two and one half (2 1/2) years of related energy experience preferably in the electric utility industry.


  • 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 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, desired.

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

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Company Description

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,480 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.

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