Position Information

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Principal Power Resource Planner / Power Resource Planner II

The Pasadena Water and Power Department is seeking a highly qualified energy resource planning professional to provide tech­nical guidance, direction and/or supervision to lower-level power resource planning professionals and consultants.
Appointment will be made at the Principal level or Power Resource Planner II depending on experience and qualifications.
This is a great opportunity, to learn more about our department please click here: Water and Power Department.
The position is eligible to apply for a hybrid schedule after six months of employment and if in good standing for up to two days of telecommuting a week.

Essential Functions

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class. 

  • Negotiates and participates in implementation and administration of short- and long-term contracts for power, natural gas, fuel transportation, renewables, transmission and related attributes; 

  • Analyzes contract terms and conditions, such as price and volume, credit issues, contractual obligations relat­ing to minimum deliveries and contract performance requirements for their favorability to Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) operations and for compliance with California Independent System Operator (CAISO) market requirements and other applicable local, state and federal compliance requirements; 

  • Prepares reports, recommendations and presentations to department management and to the City Council and its committees; 

  • Performs highly complex analysis and participates in developing, managing and updating the depart­ment's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP); participates, develops strategic plans; 

  • Analyzes market data, price trends and forecasts to develop assumptions and scenarios and evaluate potential resource acquisition and development opportunities; 

  • Evaluates alternative plans and projects and recommends whether they are practical and beneficial; 

  • Studies and makes recommendations on the impact of regulatory/legislative mandates, changing market conditions and CAISO operational proce­dures on planning scenarios and long-term resource portfolio strategies; 

  • Participates in various public and stakeholder meetings throughout the year applicable to development and management of the IRP. May occasionally be required to work extended hours to attend official meetings.

  • Assists in managing the department's resource portfolio; 

  • Conducts analysis to ensure compliance with various standards; 

  • Analyzes, documents, interprets and evaluates legislative and regulatory changes impacting energy generation, fuel procurement, power transmission and distribution, renewables, wholesale operations, energy trading, emissions reporting and settlement processes and related environmental issues; 

  • Participates in producing summaries, drafting position papers, correspondence and testimony and preparing revisions to legislation and regulation consistent with the City's and department's interests.

  • Works closely with other divisions to ensure compliance with the California Energy Commission (CEC) Integrated Energy Policy Report, CAISO Resource Adequacy and Reliability Requirements, NERC Reliability Requirements, CARB Low Carbon Fuel Standards Requirements and other applic­able regulatory requirements; 

  • Prepares documentation for the department's annual compliance review. In addition, the Principal Resource Planner will be required to regularly prepare regulatory filings and compliance reports and submit them to various regulatory entities in conformance with established deadlines.

  • Stays abreast of emerging trends and advancements in energy production and distribution technology, legislative and environmental frameworks and the power and gas energy markets; evaluates the impact of market changes of department operations; prepares reports and recommendations to management on strategies for responding to changes; attends and presents at conferences and industry events. This would include regular participation in various industry groups, such as the Southern California Public Power Authority, Transmission Engineering and Operating Committee meetings, etc., and providing summaries and feedback.


  • Principal Power Resource Planner - $131,071.00 - $163,838.00 (USD) Annually

  • Principal Power Resource Planner II - $104,859.00 - $131,073.00 (USD) Annually

For the full job description, information on benefits, and how to apply, click here.

Position: Principal Power Resource Planner / Power Resource Planner II
Organization: City of Pasadena/Pasadena Water and Power
Location: Pasadena,  CA 
United States
Salary: See job description for salary range
Posting Start Date: 12/15/2021
Date Posted: 12/15/2021
Requirements Qualification Guidelines

The following list represents the core competencies needed for success in this position.
  • Action and Results Focus for initiating and accomplishing goals
  • Strategic Perspective that allows you to evaluate immediate actions and use them to achieve long term goals
  • Decision-making ability showing you can choose the proper course of action in a timely manner
  • Teamwork orientation and communication skills that allows collaboration and effective dialogue with others

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in economics, finance, business, law, engineering or another relevant field and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in power resource planning in the CAISO or other Regional Transmission Organization markets; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

A master's degree in a relevant field is desirable.

The selection process may consist of one or all of the following: a written examination, an oral interview panel, and a department interview with the hiring manager.

Probationary work period is one year.

There is currently one vacancy in the Power Supply Division of Water and Power Department.

The resulting eligibility list from this recruitment may be used to fill this vacancy and similar vacancies in the future.

Special Requirements
Must possess a valid California Class C Driver's License and comply with the City's Motor Vehicle Safety Policy during the course of employment.

To view the full job description, information on benefits, and instructions on how to apply, click here.
Status: This listing expires on: 2/13/2022
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Organization Information
City of Pasadena/Pasadena Water and Power
100 N. Garfield Ave, Rm S135

Pasadena,  CA 91109
United States
(626) 744-4366
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