We are looking for a Planner with a good understanding of data science to help us discover the information hidden in vast amounts of data, and help us make smarter decisions to deliver even better products. The Planner will be a part of the Operations Models & Forecasts team and will play a key role in developing and maintaining the current 0-10 day ahead electricity demand models and electricity demand forecasts.
The Planner will support the Day Ahead Commitment process and be the demand forecast expert providing analysis and insights in regards to electricity demand in the short term timeframe. Your primary focus will be in applying data mining techniques, doing statistical analysis, and building high quality prediction systems integrated with our products.
What you’ll do
- Support the Operational Forecasts and Models team by supporting the day-ahead commitment process via the day ahead forecasting process
- Maintain and develop models to support the day ahead forecasting process, experience with Metrix, python and R is an asset
- Participate in daily calls with between the Market Forecasts & Integration (MF&I) and Control Room (CR) teams in order to arrive at the day ahead forecast
- Review the 10-day forecast for reasonableness and provide guidance to MF&I and CR
- Summarize demand observations, forecasts and deviations into daily reports
- Support the integration of short –term demand observations into the medium and longer term demand forecast
- Upon direction by the Supervisor support the Market Renewal Project
- Conduct power system and other technical 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 power system behaviour and performance.
- They may also require interpretation of criteria, standards and practices, and development of innovative approaches and advanced analytical techniques.
- Frequently, participate in stakeholder and community engagements and consultations with the public on proposed solutions and planning issues.
- Participate in the preparation of submissions, reports, and information related to planning, projects or developments for stakeholder reviews, Board of Director’s information, or for regulatory and other proceedings.
- Participate with customers, stakeholders and consultants in the formulation, description and analyses of integrated power system options, carry out research on transmission technologies, planning methods and practices, and bring relevant external trends and practices to benefit Ontario’s planning.
- Keep abreast of 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 the power system planning function as related to system reliability, transmission, local integrated planning and smart grid applications.
- Occasionally, provide mentoring, advice and guidance to more junior or less experienced staff.
- Provide quality control and review of work and products of junior staff in these occasions.
What you need to succeed
- Skilled in the use of various specialized power system analysis and production simulation tools and technologies is an asset; good understanding of the results from such analysis and simulations
- Skilled in the use of PC and web-based applications and databases, in particular Excel, PowerPoint and graphic programs
- Good understanding of reliability criteria, their application and relevancy
- General understanding of Environmental Assessment requirements and processes
- Keen interest and general knowledge of the current policy and market environment as it relates to the electricity sector in Ontario. This would include an understanding of the history, structure and public policy considerations behind the evolution of the Ontario electricity system in Ontario.
- Good understanding of the regulatory processes and relevant codes. General understanding of Regional and Municipal planning processes and products including Distribution planning process used by LDCs.
- Passion for serving electricity customers and public interest in the role of planning and an appreciation for its importance.
- Comfortable with work assignments that span a wide range and require flexibility in reporting and delivery. Initiative in research, synthesis of wide range of data and reports, and summarizing for relevance to planning in Ontario.
- Experience with interacting with others inside and outside the IESO including making presentations to small or large groups, representing the company at public information sessions and replying to questions from stakeholders or the public.
What’s in it for you
- A comprehensive total rewards program, including best-in-class benefits and a flexible workplace
- A challenging, fast-paced and collaborative team environment, where your perspectives and experiences matter
- Leaders who support your growth and success through regular feedback and coaching
- The opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry
At the IESO, we know that achieving great results depends on embracing diversity by attracting, developing and retaining people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We do this by ensuring our recruitment and advancement policies are fair and equitable, and by creating an accessible and inclusive environment – one that values every team member’s unique skills and experiences and ensures they have the support they need to achieve their potential. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know.
We thank you for your interest in a career at the IESO, but we will only contact those candidates selected for an interview.
Note: The successful candidate must be eligible to work in Canada and will be subject to a background check.