Internship Title – Online Generator Performance Calculator Prototype
Department – Operational Performance Training and Integration
Minimum Education Level: Junior
Preferred Majors: Engineering, Computer Science
The Operational Performance, Training & Integration (OPTI) group performs several critical functions in support of the ISO System Operations department’s role of reliably and efficiently operating the New England Bulk Electric System.
• Design and development of system operator tools – OPTI actively collaborates with internal and external parties to develop new and modified applications used by ISO system operations staff in real-time operation of the New England Bulk Electric System. This includes working with the end users and downstream customers to develop business requirements, interfacing with developers to ensure adherence to business requirements and performance of business owner testing. When an exigent need for an application or display arises, OPTI develops quick turnaround solutions, bridging the gap to a permanent solution.
• Procedure Development – OPTI maintains the suite of operating procedures used by ISO New England System Operators to manage the Bulk Electric System. OPTI staff works with end users and subject matter experts to reflect rule changes, application enhancements and topology through the creation and revision of procedures.
• Operator Training – OPTI is responsible for the development and implementation of ISO System Operator and System Operations support staff training. OPTI develops instructional material for classroom and computer based training. OPTI employs a fully functional transmission and market based simulator used to provide hands on training to System Operators.
• Operations Analysis – OPTI provides analysis of system, system resource, system operator tool and system operator performance during normal and emergency conditions. Results of these analyses are employed internally to drive improvements in procedures, System Operator tools, displays and human performance.
• Resource Integration – OPTI provides input and analysis toward integrating alternative energy resources such as wind, solar, batteries and fuel cells into the ISO New England Energy Management System.
What will you be working on:
As an intern in OAI, you will create a prototype tool to evaluate the performance of online generators ability to follow dispatch signals according to their bid parameters. This will first require a review of existing related performance evaluation process assumptions, inputs and outputs to identify gaps or areas for improvement. Following that review, a new proof of concept evaluation tool will be created to improve overall evaluation.
How will you make an impact:
Through this internship, you will gain knowledge of how the ISO fits into the bigger picture within the electricity industry. You will also apply your data analysis skills in multiple real-world scenarios from start to finish. This will involve researching and documenting the existing processes, developing and executing a process for analyzing the data, reviewing the results and reporting areas for improvement; widely transferable skills.
The intern will perform an independent review of existing business processes and perform an analysis for areas of improvement, a recommendation in System Ops Strategic Action Plan. A tool for evaluating online generators for each dispatch, similar to the tool that exists for resources providing Regulation, would be valuable for future system monitoring given the large influx of smaller assets.
What we look for in a candidate:
- Strong organization and communication skills
- Data analysis experience using Excel
- Ability to work independently
- Experience with VBA and SQL highly preferred
- Interest in Power Systems field
To be eligible for the internship candidate must have completed at least the first year of college and be currently enrolled in a four year or graduate-level academic program. Candidates must have the authority to work in the US on a permanent basis, without requiring sponsorship.
ISO New England is located in Holyoke, MA and oversees the 24/7 operation of the power grid that covers the six-states of New England and administers the region’s $10+ billion “stock exchange” for the buying and selling of wholesale electricity. The power system is constantly evolving as new technologies emerge and energy policies evolve. There is a lot going on at our organization behind the scenes to make sure the grid continuously yields reliable electricity at competitive prices while addressing the unique challenges that come along with our industry.