Georgia System Operations

Georgia System Operations Corporation is a not-for-profit system operations company, operating as a cooperative. Our members are 38 of Georgia’s distribution electric membership corporations, Oglethorpe Power Corporation and Georgia Transmission Corporation. GSOC is one of four companies, along with OPC, GTC and Smarr EMC, that this group of EMCs — the distribution Members — formed to provide and deliver wholesale electric services to them. These 38 EMCs light up half the households in Georgia, covering two-thirds of the state.     
GSOC was formed in 1997 when OPC spun off its transmission and system operations business units to form GTC and GSOC, respectively, although GSOC, in effect, has been managing system operations since 1990.     
As the system operator, GSOC ensures reliable, independent system operations by monitoring and controlling electric generation for OPC, transmission for GTC and balancing resources with loads for our Member-owners' scheduling groups. GSOC's system operations meets the Member-owners' electricity demands from generation to transmission. GSOC complies with all applicable FERC operating and reliability standards, as delegated to SERC Reliability Corporation by the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO), North American Electric Reliability Corporation.     
Our corporate setup is unique in the electric utility industry. Most electric utility corporations operate as investor-owned utilities; that is, in addition to their customers, they also serve their investors.  GSOC's business model is truly a cooperative. We're member-owned and member-directed, and each EMC has a voice in how we serve them and how we operate. 

Aug 15, 2019
Summary:  Independently manages, to best serve the members’ uniquely complex requirements, the real time operation of owned /contracted generation facilities  in excess of 6500 MW along with purchases to meet the needs of the members as scheduled by multiple Purchase Selling Entities.   Manages scheduling of external power flows into and out of the Georgia Transmission (GTC) part of the Georgia Integrated Transmission System. Manages near term OASIS tasks including posting of transfer capabilities, receiving and approving OASIS reservations in accordance with the GTC Tariff.  Manages scheduling requirements of EMC Member Scheduling Agents in accordance with GSOC Member Scheduling Policies and Procedures.  Meets requirements imposed by NERC  standards and contracts, such as CPS 2 and Joint Contingency Reserves events.  This includes responding to, or initiating, operating instructions to and from other bulk electric system operating entities. The Generation Coordinator I has the responsibility and the authority to take any required action up to and including shedding firm native load to preserve system or Interconnection reliability. Provides on-the-job direction and training to Generation Coordinators II. This position performs duties that can determine GSOC’s compliance with NERC reliability standards. Job Duties: Operates the Energy Control System to (a) detect and avert station overload, equipment damage, and voltage fluctuations (b) maintains and enhances system stability.  Continuously monitors weather and system conditions and activates the Disaster Response Plan, when necessary.  Performs contingency planning and initiates corrective actions, such as, independently initiating manual load shedding, operating breakers/switches, and load management. Manages GTC’s ownership of the ITS interface to insure available capacity and interface entitlements are utilized to their fullest extent by contracted power marketers and third parties.  Schedules and coordinates interchange transactions with other utilities, power marketers, control areas, and transmission providers. Monitors and operates GTC’s OASIS web site to wheel third party interchange transactions in order to produce maximum revenue and comply with FERC regulations. Plans, analyzes, authorizes, and controls scheduled operation of system equipment to insure that system performance is assured, necessary maintenance is completed and inter-company resources are coordinated. Performs real-time data quality assurance and initiates corrective action to compensate for out of spec conditions in telecommunications and meteringand all other Generation Control Center applications. Delivers oral and written presentations and reports that alert senior management to ongoing trends and activities that might impact the strategies and position of the company when responding to members and the public. Maintains and enhances system stability and capability by monitoring and responding to load forecast errors, loss of generation, lack of VAR support, etc. by performing contingency planning and initiating corrective action. Plans for customer energy needs, based on usage profiles, current and forecasted weather conditions and other available data, by preparing accurate short-term load forecasts in order to effectively schedule resources. Required Qualifications: Education:  High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Experience:  Four (4) years transmission operations or construction experience and two years control center related experience or  four (4) years of related military experience, or four (4) years of plant operations. Licenses, Certifications, and/or Registrations:  Must posses or be able to obtain NERC System Operator Certification at the TO, BIT, or RC, RC level preferred. Must obtain and maintain Bulk Electric System Cyber Authorized Status as defined in GSOC's CIP Cyber Security Policy 301 and NERC Reliability Standard CIP 004.  Must participate in company sponsored training to obtain required NERC Certification Continuing Education Hours. Specialized Skills:  Excel/MS Word experience required.  Must have sound decision making ability under stressful conditions.  Must be able to communicate effectively via both oral and written methods. Must be able to work effectively in a team environment.  Basic knowledge of electrical theory (including Trigonometry). and above average logic, reasoning, and math skills. Unusual hours required of this position:  Work a rotating 12- and/or 8- hour shift which involves working weekends and holidays and PTO coverage at other operating positions.
Georgia System Operations 2100 East Exchange Place, Tucker, GA, USA Full-Time
Aug 15, 2019
Summary:  Independently manages, to best serve the members’ uniquely complex requirements, the real time operation of owned /contracted generation facilities  in excess of 6500 MW along with purchases to meet the needs of the members as scheduled by the 5 different Purchase Selling Entities.   Manages water and fuel consumption at the Pumped storage facility and the fossil plants to ensure an adequate supply of generation. Independently nominates fuel for the 24 gas fired units totaling 4200 MW capacity. Must make hourly economic dispatch decisions with less than 15 minutes’ notice. Must respond to calls on assets of up to 1000 MW with 20 minutes’ notice. Regulates system resources to accommodate Independent Power Producers’ generation to meet schedules and other contractual obligations. Meets requirements imposed by NERC standards and contracts, such as CPS 2 and Joint Contingency Reserves events. This includes responding to or initiating, operating instructions to and from other bulk electric system operating entities and documenting system events appropriately. The System Operator II has the responsibility and the authority to take any required action up to and including shedding firm native load to preserve system or Interconnection reliability. Incumbent must be proficient at all Generation Coordinator positions in the Energy Control Center. Provides on-the-job direction and training to Generation Coordinators I & II.  This position performs duties that can determine GSOC’s compliance with NERC reliability standards.  Job Duties:  Independently commits and de-commits generation to continuously match the most economic resources to system needs, reserve requirements and changing conditions.  Adjusts voltage and megawatt output to ensure that dynamically imposed ITS limitations are managed effectively to maintain the integrity and security of the ITS bulk power system. Nominates fuel for gas resources which can total as much as $5,000,000.00 per day and when necessary, purchases fuel for gas resources. Independently operates gas fired resources to meet constraints imposed by Operational Flow Orders issued by gas transportation systems. Independently manages GTC’s ownership of the ITS interface to insure available capacity and interface entitlements are utilized to their fullest extent by contracted member agents and third parties.  Schedules and coordinates interchange transactions with other utilities, power marketers, control areas, and transmission providers. Monitors use of OASIS reservations shared by 5 agents to prevent overscheduling of interfaces and the resultant degredation of system reliability. Maintains up to date Available Transfer Capability ratings to allow maximum third party usage of GTC transmission to provide the highest earnings to GTC and its members while complying with all FERC regulations. Independently maintains and enhances system stability and capability by monitoring and responding to load forecast errors, loss of generation, lack of VAR support, etc. by performing contingency planning and initiating corrective actions. This includes the authority to shed firm system load to preserve the integrity and stability of the Eastern Interconnection.  Other actions include declaring OPC system alerts based on deteriorating system conditions and responding to SERC/NERC regional system alerts. Plans for customer energy needs, based on usage profiles, current and forecasted weather conditions and other available data, by preparing multiple (14 as opposed to one forecast for most utilities)  accurate short-term load forecasts in order to effectively schedule resources and to meet scheduling obligations of the member agents. Delivers oral and written presentations and reports that alert senior management to ongoing trends and activities that might impact the strategies and position of the company when responding to members and the public. Required Qualificiations: Education:  High school graduate or GED Equivalent. Experience:  Six (6) years transmission /generation operations or construction experience and two years control center related experience Must also be qualified to work Interchange and the “pool” desks. Four (4) years military assignment in power production or maintenance of electrical facilities in lieu of above experience. Licenses, Certifications, and/or Registrations:  Must possess NERC system Operator Certification as TO, BIT, or RC, RC level preferred. Must obtain and maintain Bulk Electric System Cyber Authorized Status as defined in GSOC's CIP Cyber Security Policy 301 and NERC Reliability Standard CIP 004. Must participate in company sponsored training to obtain required NERC Certification Continuing Education Hours. Specialized Skills:  Excel/MS Word experience required.  Must have sound decision making ability under stressful conditions.  Must be able to communicate effectively via both oral and written methods. Must be able to work effectively in a team environment. Basic knowledge of electrical theory (including Trigonometry) and above average logic, reasoning, and math skills.   Unusual hours:  Work a rotating 12- and/or 8- hour shift which involves working weekends and holidays and PTO coverage at other operating positions.
Georgia System Operations 2100 East Exchange Place, Tucker, GA, USA Full-Time
Aug 15, 2019
Summary:  Monitor the real-time operation of the high voltage transmission system (up to 500 kV) to ensure that members receive a continuous flow of reliable high quality power. Monitors internal and external influences and adjusts the performance characteristics of the system to compensate for and take advantage of changing conditions. Ensures quality real-time information is available for internal and external users to understand performance issues and accurately bill customers.  Ensures member interests and needs are represented to and addressed, in a timely and cost-effective manner, by outside agencies.  This position is responsible for complying with the NERC reliability standards and performs the duties that can determine GSOC’s compliance with the NERC reliability standards. This position has the authority to shed load to maintain the integrity of the BES, or to correct a generation capacity deficiency. Job Duties: Operates the Energy Control System to (a) detect and avert station overload, equipment damage, and voltage fluctuations (b) maintain and enhance system stability.  Continuously monitors weather and system conditions and provides feedback to the Senior Transmission Operator, who activates the Disaster Response Plan, when necessary.  Performs contingency planning and initiates corrective action to compensate for out of spec conditions in telecommunications and metering.  Plans, analyzes, authorizes, and controls scheduled operation of system equipment to insure that system performance is assured, necessary maintenance is completed and inter-company resources are coordinated. Writes and issues switching orders and clearances on network and non-network devices in GSOC AOR. Writes and issues switching orders on non-network devices. Performs real-time data quality assurance and initiates corrective action to compensate for out of spec conditions in telecommunications and metering. Authorizes, schedules and dispatches manpower (GTC, GPC or contractors) to perform repairs to faulted equipment.  Directs the isolation of system failure and the safe and efficient restoration of power to members.  Represents GTC and EMC interests with GPC.  Performs fault analysis to verify problem safely cleared. Delivers oral and written presentations and reports that alert senior management to ongoing trends and activities that might impact the strategies and position of the company when responding to members and the public. Required Qualifications: Education:  High School Graduate. Associate's Degree preferred. Experience:  Six years' transmission operations or construction experience and two years control center related experience. Licenses, Certifications, and/or Registrations:  Must be NERC certified or receive certification within one year of hire. The required certification must be TO, BIT or RC. Specialized Skills:   AC/DC theory, blueprint reading, and excel/MS Word experience required.  Must have sound decision making ability under stressful conditions.  Must be able to communicate effectively.  Unusual Hours Required of this Position:  Work a rotating shift, which involves working weekends and holidays; some vacations and sick leave coverage.  Utilizes multiple CRTs continuously. Must handle multiple tasks.
Georgia System Operations 2100 East Exchange Place, Tucker, GA, USA Full-Time