Data Scientist / Congestion Rights Analyst

Job description

About The Energy Authority

The Energy Authority is a public power-owned, nonprofit corporation with offices in Jacksonville, Florida and Bellevue (Seattle), Washington. TEA provides public power utilities with access to advanced resources and technology systems so they can respond competitively in the changing energy markets. Through partnership with TEA, utilities benefit from an experienced organization that is singularly focused on deriving the maximum value of their assets from the market.

Provides in-depth knowledge and analyses to The Energy Authority’s (TEA) Members and Clients on the value of congestion rights in the relevant RTO markets. Will monitor the appropriate RTO stakeholder groups, FERC and state regulatory filings, market monitor reports, and industry literature regarding current and potential transmission congestion rights markets, transmission planning process, and cost allocation rules within the RTOs in which TEA’s Members and Clients participate. Will assess daily congestion trend and changes in network topology in the relevant RTO markets and revise the relevant models accordingly. Will follow standards used within TEA’s Strategic Innovations & Analytics Department for all analyses around the annual, seasonal, and monthly congestion rights auctions processes.

include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Lead analysts to develop models and reports that satisfy Clients requirements
  • Follow an established set of standard procedures used by the Strategic Innovations & Analytics analysts when they are preparing congestion rights (ARR / TCR / FTR / CRR / TCC) recommendations to TEA’s Members and Clients
  • Participate in RTO stakeholder working groups directly related to congestion rights rules and procedures
  • Monitor FERC and relevant state regulatory agencies to understand their existing and proposed rules, tariffs, and processes related to RTO congestion rights
  • Monitor relevant RTO market activities related to transmission studies and congestion rights
  • Have in-depth knowledge of the relevant analytical tools utilized within TEA’s Strategic Innovations & Analytics Department related to transmission analyses and transmission congestion rights; be prepared to use these tools and applications on an as needed basis. These tools and applications may include some or all of the following:
    • Cambridge Energy Solutions’ Dayzer
    • ABB’s PROMOD
    • YES Energy
    • Genscape
    • ABB’s Velocity Suites
    • Transmission powerflow applications such as PSS/E or Powerworld
  • Assist TEA’s staff and the staff of TEA’s Members and clients in the evaluation of transmission plans released by the RTOs
  • Relevant RTO markets include: MISO and PJM

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities. Position is expected to provide mentoring and career development to other analysts as assigned.


  • Bachelors of Science degree in engineering, mathematics, economics, or other appropriate field of study. Relevant industry experience and/or Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Five or more years of experience in Analytics fields and Optimization or Data Mining.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Electric Utility Industry.
  • Proficiency with R, Python, and object-oriented programming

Professional Engineering License is preferred for candidates with a background in engineering. Certifications such as Certified Financial Analysts, PRIMA or GARP Professional Risk Manager Certification for individuals with financial background is desirable.

Expertise needed with Microsoft Word, Excel/Visual Basic, and other analysis tools. Experience with large utility simulation applications such as PROMOD, Planning and Risk, AuroraXMP, or GEMaps, Dayzer, PSS/e, and PowerWorld is highly desired. Ability to apply techniques of decision analysis, such as decision trees, influence diagrams, etc.

The ideal individual will possess the following competencies:

Communications Competency
This competency refers to an individual’s ability to communicate effectively.
Performance Factors
  • Effectively expresses ideas and thoughts verbally and in written form
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension
  • Keeps others adequately informed
  • Willingly shares information
  • Is open and honest when communicating
  • Selects and uses appropriate communication methods

Critical Thinking Competency
This competency refers to an individual’s ability to make decisions based on critical thinking.
Performance Factors
  • Asks questions that go beyond the obvious
  • Applies previous learning to new situations
  • Seeks many perspectives on issues and situations
  • Looks broadly at issues rather than being constrained by function, history and experience
  • Considers both short term and long term implications of decisions
  • Makes decisions that are based on thorough analysis of issues and uses sound judgment

Commitment to Continuous Learning Competency
Commitment to Continuous learning refers to an individual’s ability and desire to continually improve his own performance.
Performance Factors
  • Analyzes own performance, prepares and follows personal development plan to improve performance in job
  • Keeps current in own field of expertise
  • Takes initiative to understand up-to-date information, best practices
  • Actively seeks feedback from others
  • Pursues development plans by independently analyzing future requirements in personal career goals

Adaptability Competency
Adaptability refers to the employee’s ability to accept change readily, both in job responsibilities as well as in the work environment
Performance Factors
  • Adapts to changes in the work environment
  • Manages competing demands
  • Is able to deal with uncertain and unpredictable work situations
  • Is able to learn new ways to perform job and/or new skills necessary to adapt to changes in organization
  • Adapts behavior and communication style as needed to communicate effectively with others

Project Management

Project Management refers to an employee’s ability to appropriately plan, prioritize, schedule, monitor and complete multiple assignments in a way that meets the project’s constraints
Performance Factors
  • Effectively develops and implements project plans
  • Ensures the efficient utilization of resources
  • Communicates changes and progress
  • Completes projects on time and within budget
  • Resolves conflicts and recommends changes to future projects


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of statistical test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs etc.). Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

The ideal individual will possess the following values:

Customer Focus
This competency focuses an employee’s ability to relate with internal and external customers.
Performance Factors:
  • Follows up on customer’s inquiries, requests, and complaints
  • Maintains clear communication with customers
  • Changes approach or method to best fit the situation
  • Takes personal responsibility for correcting customer service problems within area of responsibility
  • Makes self-available to customers particularly during critical time periods
  • Makes concrete attempt to make things better for the customer
  • Addresses underlying customer need, seeks information and matches needs to services
  • Identifies solutions that have long-term benefits for the customer

Integrity Competency
This competency refers to how well an employee upholds TEA’s values of fair dealing, ethical business behavior, and honesty.
Performance Factors:
  • Works ethically and with integrity
  • Does not take advantage of others in a manner that would be deemed unfair (“Golden Rule”)
  • Inspires the trust of others
  • Keeps commitments
  • Upholds organizational values

Teamwork Competency
The factors in Teamwork represent specific behaviors critical to the success of a team.
Performance Factors:
  • Balances team and individual responsibilities
  • Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views
  • Gives and welcomes feedback
  • Contributes to building a positive team spirit
  • Puts success of team above own interests

The ownership competency refers to how well an employee demonstrates an understanding of the link between one’s own job responsibilities and overall organizational goals and needs, and performs one’s job with the broader goals in mind.
Performance Factors:
  • Helps and supports fellow employees in their work to contribute to overall organization success.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the overall business – its goals, purpose, functions, competition, etc. – that helps increase employee commitment and interest.
  • Looks beyond the requirements of one’s own job to offer suggestions for improvements of overall organization operations.
  • Takes personal ownership in organization’s success.

Excellence Competency
This competency refers to the employee’s commitment to quality and to the attitude the employee demonstrates towards his or her work.
Performance Factors:
  • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
  • Displays commitment to excellence
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality
  • Consistently puts forth best effort to achieve objectives
  • Applies feedback to improve performance
  • Consistently looking for ways to improve
  • Monitors own work to ensure quality

To successfully perform this job an individual must be able to competently operate the following equipment: Personal Computer, Telephone, FAX Machine, Copy Machine, stapler, Windows NT Platform, and scientific calculator.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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