Senior Planner, Reporting and Economic Analysis

IESO - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Title: Senior Planner, Reporting and Economic Analysis

Location of Position: Toronto and/or Mississauga and/or Oakville

The Senior Planner, Reporting and Economic Analysis will report to the Manager, Reporting and Economic Analysis

General Accountabilities:
The Senior Planner is accountable to lead and provide overall direction in power system resource plan development and preparation. The Senior Planner is primarily responsible for conceiving, initiating, conducting, overseeing, and coordinating the necessary research and analysis involved in the development of integrated resource plans and supporting their implementation. This includes taking the lead in the development of analytical models as well as interactions with relevant parties and participation in stakeholder engagement, regulatory, market development, and acquisition processes. This job is the organization’s technical planning expert within a particular planning stream (Reporting & Economic Analysis) and plays a technical lead and operational role in the Planning department’s work.

Please note: Location can be at Adelaide, Clarkson or UMR

Responsibilities:
Manage the needs of power system in respect to the aspects assigned by the Manager, within Reporting & Economic Analysis. Conceptualise, initiate and perform various aspects of power system plan development and preparation, with a focus on emissions, carbon pricing, avoided costs and benefits of conservation, quality management, financial modelling, economic dispatch modelling, and market development. This includes identifying needs, developing and evaluating options, making recommendations, and establishing a rationale for a preferred solution. Coordinate the work with those responsible for other planning streams to balance all aspects into distinct integrated plans; manage the development and maintenance of tools and processes to support the requirements of their stream; developing formal business cases and/or evidence required to support regulatory or other approvals processes to implement elements of integrated plans; and, as required, representing IESO, defending these in public and regulatory forums.

Lead complex power system and other technical, economic, scenario, and risk studies or assessments as part of the integrated power system planning process. This includes the development or use of complex analytical models and data in order to simulate and assess the behaviour and performance of the power system in the Ontario context. Conduct research on technologies, planning methods and practices, bringing relevant external trends and practices to benefit Ontario’s planning. This requires each incumbent to work together with staff from the other streams to ensure well integrated plans. Specifically:

Lead the assessment of economic and environmental impacts of long-term integrated power system plans
Responsible for maintaining up-to-date economic and environmental inputs and financial models for planning processes including generator dispatch costs, gas delivery and management characteristics and costs, emissions factors, macroeconomic assumptions, and fuel cost.
Provide in-house expertise on carbon markets, emissions characteristics of power generation, and capital and operating costs of electricity system resources (storage, generation, transmission, etc…) by staying abreast with technological developments and industry reports, leading research projects, performing secondary research, and liaising with subject matter experts. Lead economic assessments and studies to identify and assess resource options that will most likely achieve strategic outcomes, optimising cost, emissions, reliability, and market development.
Leverage expertise relating to electricity market structure mechanics (including energy, capacity, ancillary services, local reliability, etc…), emissions trading mechanisms, and carbon policies to improve financial models, energy models, planning processes, reporting, and strategic analysis.
Assist with co-ordinating internal and external reports, managing projects relating to reporting improvements, and ensure accuracy and consistency of reports through leading the quality management process.
Work with internal and external stakeholders to identify and implement improvements to existing reports, including opportunities to increase transparency, foster innovation, and provide timely and relevant information
Co-ordinate timely responses to information requests and analysis to advise senior management on electricity sector policy and strategy

Lead in the assigned aspects to develop integrated bulk and/or regional plans. This includes the following:
Developing the terms of reference for the planning study;
Managing relations on the team as well as with internal and external industry partners / customers /stakeholders/ communities etc.
Managing the planning and study work;
Developing and getting buy-in on objectives, solutions and actions;
Developing the economic and/or sustainability rationale for system investments in preparation for any required approvals including regulatory review; and,
Preparing required supporting documentation.

Lead in the assigned aspects to implement integrated and/or regional plans, including defining the scope and timing of the solutions to be implemented and assisting on design and consultation matters.

Serve as the planning spokesperson as appropriate when participating in stakeholder meetings, including officials from other jurisdictions, private sector companies, community engagements, public forums and consultations with government on proposed solutions and plannin g issues . This may include interacting with and advising community leaders, company executives, government officials and/or other agency staff and interfacing with media.

Lead in the preparation of broader environmental, economic and policy based reports and submissions related to planning (i.e., projects, recent developments) for stakeholder reviews, Board of Directors’ information, regulatory proceedings, or other purposes.

Participate in external industry regulatory forums/committees, both in Canada and the U.S (e.g. joint studies, standards, planning, and regulatory proceedings).

Expert in electricity industry developments, government, energy, environment, and economic policy and regulatory changes. Recommend participation approach, and propose strategies to address matters that are relevant to their specialised stream.

Mentor, advise and guide junior and less experienced staff. Set and manage quality control and review of work and products of junior planning staff (Planning Analyst and Planner).

Other duties or responsibilities as may be assigned.

Selection Criteria:
University degree in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Economics - Planning or other relevant discipline is required. A curriculum or experience that includes exposure to power systems, electrical theory, circuit analysis, power system analysis and equipment, energy systems and conversion or economic analysis is preferred.
8 - 10 years of experience in a power system planning or operation or analytical studies related to integrated planning is typically required.
Experience in the Ontario electricity sector is preferred.
Extensive research and analysis, taking into consideration past practice, studies, research papers, and practices in other jurisdictions to determine the how to best model and simulate the Ontario context as it relates to various aspects (i.e., resources, transmission, etc.).
Ability to identify work objectives based on the knowledge of future business needs, areas of improvement, emerging areas of immediate need, etc.

Project/Team Lead experience required:
deciding the strategy for achieving planning objectives, tasks, deliverables, the appropriate methodology, and timelines. Identify any areas of concerns to the Supervisor and propose alternatives for how to address these.
scheduling and coordinating the work of others, assigning work and/or personnel, and maintaining quality, accuracy, and quantity of work of others.
provides technical guidance and advice to other Planning staff and mentor junior staff (i.e., Planners, Planning Analysts).

What the IESO Offers:
Competitive market wages
Comprehensive benefit programs
Programs and policies to support a balanced lifestyle
A challenging fast-paced team environment
Opportunity to work with some of the brightest people in the industry
Flexable work location (Toronto, Mississauga, and/or Oakville)
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The IESO is an equal opportunity employer.