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Time to Blow Up HR? or HR in Real Time?

Some business leaders have been asking “Is It Time to Shake Up or Break Up HR?” Adaptable, innovative, state of the art energy organizations require nimble, professional and focused HR Leadership with quality and speed in processes. We call this “HR in Real Time” and will be sharing more about it. As new technologies bring big data to HR and Energy Technology (ET) revolution transforms the energy industry, Energy leaders may need to begin to think and act like high tech leaders in orchestrating REAL TIME CHANGE. Many are asking – Are the HR teams in Energy Organizations up to the challenge? This is timely because an Energy Technology Revolution (ET) promises to change the world more than the Information Technology (IT) did. Are HR teams and functions in Energy Organizations up to the Task? Click HERE to read the entire article published on LinkedIN titled “Time to Blow Up HR? or HR in Real...

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2016 Faraday Award Nomination Form Now Available

2016 Faraday Award Nomination Form Now Available

ELECTRIC POWER and Prequalified Ready Employees for Power International (PReP Int) collaborate to highlight success stories in hiring veterans for the power industry. Link To 2016 Faraday Award Nomination Form The goal of the Faraday Award will be to recognize and honor the employers, programs and partnerships focused on elevating the careers of American Veterans in the energy industry. An application process will invite organizations to share their best practices in hiring and training Veterans. A distinguished review panel will judge applicants’ programs from across the country to highlight the “best of the best” and award them at the 2016 ELECTRIC POWER Conference to be held April 18-21, 2016 in New Orleans. Michael Faraday (1791 – 1867) was an English scientist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include those of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism, and electrolysis. Although Faraday received little formal education he was one of the most influential scientists in history. It was by his research on the magnetic field around a conductor carrying a direct current that Faraday established the basis for the concept of the electromagnetic field in physics. His inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices formed the foundation of electric motor technology, and it was largely due to his efforts that electricity became practical for use in technology. Albert Einstein kept a picture of Faraday on his study wall. And physicist Ernest Rutherford stated; “When we consider the magnitude and extent of his discoveries and their influence on the progress of science and of industry, there is no honor too great to pay to the memory of Faraday, one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time”. As part of the Veterans in Power initiative, ELECTRIC POWER will announce the recipients of the Faraday Awards at the annual conference in April 2016. The Faraday Awards will recognize and honor the employers, programs and partnerships that have successfully focused on elevating the careers of American veterans in the energy industry. Organizations are invited to share stories of success in hiring, training and retaining veterans through an online application. Award Categories The biggest successes in putting Veterans to work in the energy industry doesn’t always have to mean it took the most money to get there. Therefore, we want to make sure all organizations finding success with this are recognized for their efforts. The following categories will give organizations of all sizes the...

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2015 Faraday Award Winners Presented at ELECTRIC POWER Conference

2015 Faraday Award Winners Presented at ELECTRIC POWER Conference

Access Intelligence, which produces the ELECTRIC POWER conference and exhibition, and its partner Prequalified Ready Employees for Power (PReP Intl.), announce the winners of the first annual Faraday Awards. The Awards are part of an initiative known as Veterans in Power (VIP), which recognizes outstanding efforts in the electric power sector to recruit, retain, and mentor veterans who are returning to civilian careers after serving their country in the armed forces. The Faraday Awards will be presented April 21 as part of the 17th annual ELECTRIC POWER conference and exhibition at the Donald. E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The 2015 Faraday Award recipients are: • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for the PowerPathwaysTM program – an outstanding example of an investor-owned utility creating and sustaining a successful training program for all employees with a special focus on veterans. •Lone Star College – Office for Workforce Education (LSC-OWE), the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) and Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC – an outstanding example of a public establishment, member group and private company partnership program that screens, prepares, trains and onboards returning veterans for careers in the Oil and Gas Drilling Industry. PG&E’s PowerPathwaysTM program has a long track record of success and was recently recognized by the White House for providing world-class training and development for veterans. This is only one part of the company’s overall Military Workforce Development program whose goal it is to engage veterans and give them the tools to have successful careers at the company. PG&E has established successful partnerships with eleven community colleges throughout the areas the company serves in California. They are strong supporters of community organizations including Swords to Plowshares, Hire our Heroes, Hire America’s Heroes and Sentinels of Freedom. The collaborative effort between Lone Star College and the International Association of Drilling Contractors provides meaningful careers to veterans and needed talent for mission critical jobs across the world where safety and security are paramount. Since April 2012, this program at LSC-OWE with the sponsorship of the IADC has enjoyed a 92% placement rate for over 150 participants. LSC-OWE would also like to recognize the particular leadership provided by UTI – Patterson for their innovative approach in bringing speed and focus to the engagement of Veterans. PG&E Award...

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New Position Available! NERC Trainer

New Position Available! NERC Trainer

TRAINING COORDINATORS for Major NYS/NE IOU A global energy leader seeks to develop future teams for reliability and compliance. Could be a NERC Certified Reliability Coordinator: work mostly on day shifts. Ideal candidate will have served as a NERC Certified System Operator and had some training and/or compliance responsibilities – Specific Experience and training in SAT, ADM and PER005 may help you prepare for success in this career opportunity. Duties and Desired Competencies: Ѳ Able to develop content meeting specific learning objectives Ѳ Able to design and deliver instructor led training and help coordinate team training Ѳ Able to communicate and teach the complicated to new and experienced operators Ѳ Create and deploy an agenda of learning for new employees/system operator training Ѳ Support system operations staff in assuring Continuing Education and Emergency Operations Ѳ Assure Compliance with NERC Training Standards and or SCADA/EMS Interfaces Ѳ Able to measure the effectiveness of training Ѳ Able to marshal resources within a budget Desired Education: BA/BS or equivalent work experience Summary Description: This position will identify, develop, coordinate, implement and conduct training programs for System Operators, Section Operators, Distribution and operations support staff to comply with NERC PER-005. Determine training, orientation and onboarding needs for new and promoted employees. Develop and conduct additional advanced training for incumbent operations and distribution teams. Total Compensation includes: Competitive total salaried package including comprehensive medical benefits, pension plan and 401k plan with Company match, tuition reimbursement and relocation assistance with International projects and professional development opportunities not elsewhere available. This is a career building assignment for an experienced technical trainer and leader with management communication skills to develop, maintain and manage multiple locations programs within world class utility organizations. PReP Intl and our client are committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. To the extent permitted by law, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. About PReP Intl: Since 2002, PReP Intl leadership has worked with over 1,100 energy organizations across North America introducing Multi-Modal Training TM. Since 2009, PReP Intl has helped energy organizations prequalify, find, engage and hire the best talent focusing on effective onboarding and talent management. PReP Intl and our clients are equal opportunity employers who encourage women, veterans and the disabled to...

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New Available Position! SCADA Engineer

New Available Position! SCADA Engineer

SCADA Engineer This is a full time consulting role for PReP Intl, leading to regular full time employment at Cleveland Public Power (CPP). Reports to CPP Management for oversight and operations. Compensation: $75-$85K + Benefits depending on experience. Continuing Education provided. Premium Hours for Holidays and hours in excess of 40/week. Paid time off. Requires proof of eligibility to work in the US via e-verify and passing a drug screen and background check. This job exists to assure effective new SCADA system operations. This SCADA champion will lead vendor acceptance testing process and assure continuous operations and improvement, documentation of procedures and interface with PJM and CPP System Operations and support team. This role will be responsible for managing the interface of System Operations with PJM Scheduling in the new CPP SCADA system in accordance with PJM and CPP Policies and procedures. Ѳ This role will manage MW hour Costs, Schedule Power Purchases, review and reconcile MW transactions and payables to PJM and coordinate real time operations with System Operations. Ѳ Maintain documentation, equipment, software and assure SCADA back up and operations in accordance with Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) protocols. Ѳ Assure safety, compliance and coordination with operating procedures. Experience Required: Understand switching, alarms, RTU’s (Remote Telemetering Units). Knowledge of communications and experience with metering, relaying imports. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Information Systems or related field. Associates Degree or commensurate experience may be accepted in lieu of BS. Engagement hours: Normal Days 40 hrs/wk with possible call in for emergency operations. Cover System Operation shifts on an emergency and as needed basis. NERC and PJM Certification preferred. Military Experience preferred. Requires commitment to continuous learning and education with reimbursed travel for industry and technical training. Register at...

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New Available Position! NERC System Operator

New Available Position! NERC System Operator

System Operator Minimum Reqs – 3-5years in System Operations, Distribution and/or Transmission Operations. NERC Certification at RC or TO level + PJM Transmission Operator Certification preferred and required within 6 months. Education: AA degree in Engineering; BS EE preferred or 10-15 years’ operating experience. Military Service preferred. Technically competent and proficient in all dimensions of system operations. Must be able to discern what is needed for real time safe reliable Operations. When acting as linking pin and communications point of contact with outside regulators from Reliability First, NERC or PJM and be able to discern what is being communicated, what pertains to the muni for immediate action and what is for information only? Able to coordinate with operations and compliance to assure effective training. System Operations Supervisor must be able effectively document events, trouble items and to communicate with other operators, distribution and engineering teams to prioritize work, and to identify trouble issues for resolution. Must be able to coach, mentor and lead other operators, technically and to help them achieve and maintain competence, confidence and capabilities. Make recommendations for improving processes and systems as needed for safe reliable real time operations. Ө This is a working supervisor role able to manage shifts on his/her own, and to coach and demonstrate proper work practices and procedures.Be capable and available to answer technical questions from Operations and Distribution personnel for resolution. Ө This is the go to person in coordinating system needs with SCADA and Distribution and engineering, interconnected company representatives, and vendors. Must understand regulatory requirements and will interface as a subject matter expert (SME) with Compliance Manager, Manager of Ops, Leadership and outside regulators periodically as needed. Project Management – must be able to develop and implement project plans as needed related to compliance, operations, engineering and system upgrades. Ө This role will traditionally work a conventional day schedule but be available for training and coordination of activities on all shifts to assure safe reliable 24-7 operations and compliance. Ө Must possess the skills and leadership capabilities to effectively function as part of the Dispatch team during major system events, trouble events and follow operating procedures, as needed, to provide on-going system operations excellence. Must have the team playership, interpersonal and communications skills to work with existing processes, personnel and systems with a commitment to continuous improvement while balancing real time operation’s needs, budgetary constraints and political realities....

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New Available Position! Internal Audit Construction Manager

New Available Position! Internal Audit Construction Manager

Click Here to View Position Description Position Profile: INTERNAL AUDIT MANAGER This is the nation’s largest independent power generation company with a rich portfolio of fossil fuel, nuclear, solar and wind facilities, currently investing in significant capital projects. A Fortune 250 company, this Client creates value through reliable and efficient conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions. In addition to 47,000 megawatts of generation capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, their retail electricity providers serve 3 million + customers. Internal Audit is responsible for conducting audits and assessments of major construction projects throughout the Capital Project Life-Cycle. Lead Auditors demonstrate extensive expertise in one or more functional audit areas and are responsible for developing/executing ongoing programs in those areas. This Manager Role leads and coordinates the work flow across 3-5 Lead Auditors. This position will be located in the Midwest and likely require 40% travel to company locations. Principal Duties & Responsibilities (Essential Functions) – Take a lead role in managing, overseeing and conducting audits of planned, in-progress or completed construction projects. – Provide management with an independent assessment of the adequacy of the key Capital Project Life-Cycle Phases (Project Planning, Contract Planning, Project Management and Contract Auditing) of construction projects. – Demonstrate specialized project management skills and/or knowledge valuable to audit department under general supervision. – Lead project teams on atypical assignments, including cross-geographical teams and/or multi-business unit projects. – Develop unique, specialized initiatives on specific scopes of related work while continuing individual development of specialized skills and knowledge. – Coordinate and make presentations at audit management meetings and assist with the development and implementation of the annual audit plan. Education and Experience Required – Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Architecture, Business, Engineering or Construction Management from an accredited college/university. – 5-8 years of relevant experience is required with prior experience with electric or natural gas utility construction projects is required. – Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and MBA or other advanced degree is preferred. Skills, Knowledge & Abilities – Thorough understanding of the Project Planning, Contract Planning, and Project Management phases of a construction project. – Possess the ability to interpret and understand construction contracts as it relates to internal controls and systems (e.g. accounting, labor, timekeeping and purchasing systems, etc.). – Ability to audit construction related contracts for compliance with contractual terms...

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2015 ELECTRIC POWER Conference — Veterans In Power Initiative — Faraday Award Announcement

2015 ELECTRIC POWER Conference — Veterans In Power Initiative — Faraday Award Announcement

We are in a time when the power industry faces a great crisis in talent due to an aging workforce, new technologies and the slow return of the economy after a disastrous downturn. However, there is a great asset accessible to us through the thousands of veterans returning home. These veterans have rich military training that provides the essential skills needed in the power industry which are easily transferable. They also have a strong commitment to the idea of “mission” are looking to relaunch meaningful civilian careers. Electric Power’s Veterans In Power (VIP) initiative will recognize the employers who have successfully connected, employed and engaged veterans to become long-term employees in the industry. Employers have been successful through internal corporate programs as well as many public-private partnerships with other organizations, community colleges and universities. As part of the Veterans In Power initiative, ELECTRIC POWER will be announcing the recipients of the Faraday Awards at the annual conference in April 2015 in Chicago, IL. The Faraday Awards recognize and honor the employers, programs and partnerships that have successfully focused on elevating the careers of American veterans in the energy industry. We invite organizations to share stories of success in hiring, training and retaining veterans through an online application. A distinguished review panel assembled by PReP Intl (Prequalified Ready Employees for Power International) will judge applicants’ programs from across the country to highlight the “best of the best” and recognize and celebrate their efforts at the 2015 ELECTRIC POWER conference in Chicago. Click here for the 2015 Faraday Award Application For more information, contact Lexee Zutz at Lexee.Zutz@prepintl.com or 704.752.6414. Nominations are being accepted through...

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New Available Position! Manager of Resource Planning for a Major IOU

New Available Position! Manager of Resource Planning for a Major IOU

Click Here to View Position Description Position Profile: Manager of Resource Planning for a Major Investor Owned Utility Company Background: Our client is a $5.6 billion fast growing regulated/unregulated energy company engaged in natural gas transmission, gathering, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. This Manager Role requires a minimum 5 years’ experience in utility resource planning, fundamental market analysis, system operations or other related work experience with in-depth knowledge of resource planning and modeling. Demonstrated ability organizing and maintaining large amounts of data from various sources; Providing leadership and direction to multidisciplinary work groups across organizational lines, and developing recommendations that influence decisions or policies regarding long-term strategy or related issues; and Expected to coordinate modeling efforts with short-term dispatch, transmission planning and other teams across the utility as part of an integrated and multidisciplinary analysis effort. Responsibilities: Ѳ As part of the Strategic Planning group, this position will manage long-term utility modeling and analysis activities to support a broad range of Strategic Planning initiatives including resource planning, generation strategy and other related regulatory and strategic initiatives. Ѳ The Resource Planning Manager will develop, implement, coordinate and maintain models and information necessary to forecast long-term gas and electric supply and demand fundamentals to assist in identifying long-term resource needs, analyzing market behaviors and evaluating alternatives. Ѳ The successful candidate will assist in the development of Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) plans, reports and develop and provide supporting information — including testimony — in support of immediate and longer-term, planning-related regulatory filings. Ѳ This professional will support energy strategies, and policy recommendations, and prepare and make presentations to the IRP team, utility management, customers and other stakeholders on resource planning and other utility issues and initiatives. Ѳ This successful candidate will manage and supervise the work of long-term modeling staff and assemble necessary resources, information and processes to accomplish essential functions; the role will report to the Director of Strategic Planning. Compensation: Competitive Base & Incentive Pay with a total compensation package with base range of $100-120K + bonus and incentive pay – ranging from 7.5% – 22.5% + savings plans, health, dental and life insurance and a rich corporate relocation. Annual performance reviews and bonus plan targets are set based on individual, team, business and corporate performance against budget and specific goals. Desired Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field like Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Engineering,...

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New Available Position! Solar Sales National Leader

New Available Position! Solar Sales National Leader

Click Here to View Position Description Position Title: Solar Sales National Leader Client: Regional Solar Leader seeks National growth Executive Profile: This role will assist in the growth of the business through geographical expansion and adding new categories with national stores with multiple locations. The company has recently expanded its presence across the East Coast and now seeks a Sales Leader to grow nationally. Company Background: Our client is a fast growing privately-owned North Carolina solar energy developer for commercial, government, education and residential clients who provides solutions for client needs including project development, financing, system design, installation and on-going maintenance and support. With over 40 years of solar industry experience on their team, this solar leader has installed over 200 solar projects totaling over $260 million to date. Position Location: This position can be based in any state – Charlotte, NC, Chapel Hill, NC and White Plains, NY are existing locations. Compensation: Competitive Base & Incentive Pay with a total compensation package around $240,000 – $300,000 including salary, various forms of performance based bonus and incentive pay, health, dental and life insurance. Education Required: Ѳ Bachelor’s Degree or higher in technical, business or finance degree Ѳ Military and/or Academy Experience desired Ѳ Industry and product training provided by company Desired Experience: Ѳ 5+ years’ experience calling on CEOs and business owners with ability to close sales Ѳ Successful track-record in highly competitive industry Ѳ Successful experience selling products or services with financial complexity Ѳ Real Estate or financial investment sales background preferred Desired Competencies: Ѳ Develop and implement strategic and tactical execution plans for coverage of vertical market segments Ѳ Ability to identify key decision makers and develop relationships within assigned segments to create new business opportunities Ѳ Perform customer needs and opportunity assessments Ѳ Understanding of renewable energy incentives applicable to prospective projects and the ability to perform financial analysis of potential renewable energy projects – 3-6 month sales cycle – Average Sale $500K – $2M Ѳ Ideal candidate will network and prospect to develop lead and business Ѳ Excellent communication and presentation skills Ѳ Excellent interpersonal and time management skills About PReP Intl: Since 2002, PReP Intl leadership has worked with over 1,100 energy organizations across North America introducing Multi-Modal TrainingTM. Since 2009, PReP Intl has helped energy organizations find, engage and hire the best talent focusing on effective onboarding and talent...

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