Calpine - Manager, Operations Reporting / Portfolio Analysis - Position Open

by ronfluegge 5. December 2012 15:33

Calpine Corporation is helping meet the needs of an economy that demands more and cleaner sources of electricity. Founded in 1984, Calpine is a major U.S. power company, capable of delivering nearly 28,000 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient electricity to customers and communities in 20 states in the U.S. and Canada. The company owns, leases and operates low-carbon, natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants. Using advanced technologies, Calpine generates electricity in a reliable and environmentally responsible manner for the customers and communities it serves.


Manager, Operations Reporting / Portfolio Analysis


Description of Role


  • 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

Relevant Experience:


  • 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.


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).




Attractive qualifications include bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics, computational science, engineering, finance, economics, or accounting.


For contact information, apply via the following link: 

Manager, Operations Reporting / Portfolio Analysis



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