Manager - Operations Reporting, Houston, TX - Calpine

by ronfluegge 9. October 2017 13:46

Lead the preparation of reports on plant performance for internal and external audiences, including regulatory entities and investors:

• GADS reporting, for both internal and external audiences

• Fleet reliability reports and root cause analysis

• Other daily and monthly operations performance reports

Support plant characteristics data process to assemble, validate, and present:

• Calpine’s official plant operating characteristics for use in forecasting and business decision analysis throughout the organization.

• Analysis of the commercial implications of deviations or improvements in plant performance characteristics

• Market assumptions regarding competitive plant operating characteristics, technology upgrades, and costs of new construction for use in macro-economic studies

Participate in other analytical efforts within the Commercial Analytics organization, including analysis of the implications of plant operating characteristics on market bidding decisions and protocols. 

Perform analysis of operational and commercial issues, including outage costs and optimization, operational trends, plant dispatch, asset optimization, and investment analysis 

Support the continued development of:

• Calpine’s modeling infrastructure including asset and contract models

• Periodic corporate business plan projections and commercial transaction targets

• Operations data warehousing and reporting infrastructure

Position reports to Director, Portfolio Analysis and will draw on input from Calpine’s Power Operations organization.

Key Activities:

• Operations Analysis

• Model Development

• Budgeting

• Operations Reporting

• Asset Optimization

• Investment Analysis

Candidate should offer a subset of the experience and knowledge below:

• Power plant engineering, particularly in the context of gas-fired facilities

• Experience utilizing NERC GADS and PI systems and data to report plant performance

• Experience specifying and using data structures to assemble, track, and distribute plant operating results.

• Experience modeling assets similar to those in Calpine’s portfolio, including gas-fired combined cycles and cogeneration plants, geothermal assets, tolling and other contracts, storage facilities, etc.

• Familiarity with operational data sources, including GADS, volumetric certifications, and PI

• Knowledge of US gas and electric market fundamentals, including supply and demand, environmental legislation, and regional market structures.

• Familiar with power plant design and performance metrics.

Team player with a “whatever it takes” attitude who is used to diving into an issue, brainstorming solutions, and learning new methods and tools to address.



Attractive qualifications include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics, computational science, engineering, finance, economics, or accounting

Preferred Skills:

Intermediate level Excel model-building skills

Intermediate programming skills with one or more of the following: VBA, R, SQL

Experience with manipulating large amounts of data and working with structured databases (SQL, MDB)

Intermediate level presentation and Power Point skills

Demonstrated understanding of asset valuation methods (dispatch models, options, swaps, tolls, and PPAs).

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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A Short History of NERC GADS

by ronfluegge 7. October 2017 17:50

1979 ⎯  NERC assumes responsibility for collecting and analyzing generator availability data from the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Prime Movers Committee. NERC, with support from the Electric Power Institute, restructures EEI’s Equipment Availability Data Reporting System to create the Generating Availability Data System (GADS). 

1990 ⎯  Congress passes the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. NERC uses the GADS database to provide the Energy Information Administration with a summary of forced and planned outages in the 1985−87 period. EPA uses the GADS data to set generator unit emission allocation values.

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Microsoft Windows Defender

by ronfluegge 18. August 2017 14:19

Windows Defender is Microsoft's antimalware software. Defender works with Windows Update to automatically install new virus definition files as they are published and provide computers using the Microsoft operating system (OS) with both real-time and anytime scanning options.

Defender was originally released in 2006 as an add-on for Windows XP. With the release of Windows Vista, however, the software was enabled by default. Since the release of Windows 8, should a computer's default antivirus software be from a third-party and that software expire, Defender will automatically become the default AV once again. This is to ensure that every computer running a Microsoft operating system is using antivirus software.

Windows Defender is considered to be primarily a consumer-oriented security tool, geared toward the non-technical user who is not interested in purchasing additional protection. It does have the advantage of knowing the Windows OS better than any other tool and is quite good at removing malware when it is detected. Because it is a Microsoft product, however, it is also a target for malware designed specifically to attack and disable Defender.



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