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Senior resource planner

Fort Collins, CO, USA Req #1
Friday, April 15, 2022
Platte River Power Authority is a public power provider that has emerged as a leader in Colorado’s utility sector. Our staff works collaboratively and efficiently to safely deliver reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to our owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.

We share a sense of purpose and great pride in what we do and the value we provide to our communities, our region and the energy industry. If you’re searching for a collaborative working environment within a mid-sized organization that values innovative ideas, diverse perspectives and provides opportunities to make a difference, consider joining the Platte River team.

The senior resource planner is responsible for developing integrated resource plans, conducting production cost studies, annual budget preparation, supply side and DER (Distributed Energy Resources) evaluation for deep decarbonization planning, transaction evaluation and providing other technoeconomic analytical support to Platte River’s strategic planning and resource planning efforts.  This position will work in a cross-functional team environment with staff and management from multiple departments.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, the essential functions of the job.

  • Utilizes advanced simulation platforms such as Plexos, Aurora, EnCompass, and PROMOD, etc. to develop optimal resource portfolios for Platte River
  • Provides production simulation results for budgeting, rate making and other requirements
  • Utilizes advanced statistical simulation, Monte Carlo simulation, simple ant stochastic optimization to enrich the quality of analytical work
  • Supports renewables and storage integration to meet reliability needs in a deeply decarbonized portfolio
  • Analyzes DERs and supply-side resource alternatives
  • Supports competitive bid evaluation for power procurement and other purchase/sale transactions
  • Incorporates a broad range of future uncertainties in fuel prices, electric market prices, CO2 requirements, costs of renewable and storage technologies, system reliability requirements, State and Federal policies
  • Provides analytical support for better integration into an energy market
  • Collects and verifies data from internal and external sources. Organize data for ease of use in the modeling and future updates
  • Keeps modeling tools and assumptions accurate and current including fuel costs, production capability (heat rates, capacity, starting and variable operating cost, scheduling flexibility, renewable profiles, etc.), contract terms and other factors
  • Develops presentation materials from modeling and other analyses to support communications with senior management, the Board of Directors and other stakeholders
  • This role is classified as a marketing function employee under FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) Standards of Conduct. The employee will need to become familiar with, and follow FERC Standards of Conduct
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance

Other functions

  • Interfaces and works with different organizations within Platte River
  • Researches, tracks and evaluates new and innovative technologies to enhance electric service tot he Municipalities and their customers
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, skills and abilities

The following are required:

  • Extensive analytical skills including statistical and optimization modeling
  • Excellent computer skills with the ability to learn new software applications quickly
  • High attention to detail with the ability to produce accurate results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills with the ability to work independently and as part of cross functional teams
  • Ability to think strategically for innovative ways to incorporate various possible situations
  • Ability to manage shifting priorities
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of electric generating unit's operation and performance characteristics

The following are preferred:

  • Project Management Professional Certification

Minimum qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Finance, Statistics, Operation Research, Economics, Mathematics, Business or related field


  • Minimum three years of electric utility resource planning with specific experience in computer modeling and analysis
  • Minimum one year of experience running planning tools like Plexos, Aurora, Promod, Encompass


  • Current valid driver's license and ability to remain insurable under Platte River's vehicle liability policy

Preferred qualifications

  • Master's degree in Engineering, Finance, Statistics, Operation Research, Economics, Mathematics, Business or related field
  • Electric utility experience in functioning electric markets (e.g. MISO, SPP, ERCOT)
  • Project management experience and/or certification

Physical requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, stand and walk. The following are approximate requirements and % of time:

  • Sitting 80% of time
  • Standing 10% of time
  • Walking 10% of time
Work environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phone, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.

  • Exposure to routine office noise

Work hours are typically Monday through Friday business hours; however, unusual urgent situations may require the individual to work hours outside of business hours

Bi-weekly salary range for this position: $3,935 - $5,411 (placement DOQ)

(if annualized: $102,312 - $140,676 DOQ)

This position will remain posted until filled.

Platte River Power Authority offers employees an outstanding benefits package. Benefits offered for this position may include the following:
  • Health insurance options including a PPO and high deductible health savings account with prescription drug coverage 
  • Telemedicine 
  • Benefit advocacy 
  • Dental insurance 
  • Vision insurance 
  • Flexible spending plan 
  • Basic life insurance 
  • Basic accidental death and disability 
  • Dependent life and supplemental life insurance options (voluntary) 
  • Accidental death and disability insurance (voluntary) 
  • Long-term disability insurance 
  • Retirement plans 401a defined contribution plan 457b deferred compensation plan 
  • Paid holidays (12 annually) 
  • Paid time off: personal and sick leave 
  • Wellness program 
  • In-house training opportunities 
  • Tuition reimbursement Employee assistance program 
For additional information, please see our website careers page at: 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

Platte River endeavors to make our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please call us at 970-229-5323 or email 

Must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Platte River cannot provide employment to applicants who will require sponsorship now or in the future (i.e. H1B visa, OPT status)