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CASE STUDY ONTARIO POWER GENERATION Ontario Fower Generation is a very large North American power company, with a generating capacity of moee than 16 000 megawatts OPG provides power to more than half of all Ontario homes and businesses. With just over 10 000 employees, OPG produces electricity using a combination of hydroelectric, thermal, nuclear, biomass, and wind-powered stations Roughly 95 percent of the power produced by OPG in 2013 came from hydroelectric and nuclear sources, which produce zero emissions that contmbute to smog and climate changr. The power producing industry is characterized as having fairly stable demand, although the ropulatory and social environment in which power compa nies operate is going through a period of change. For example, OPG is ahead of the Ontario Ministry of Energr-mandated schedule to close its coal-fired generating stations. These stations have been shuttered, but not sold, and may one day be converted to ณtural ga-faed stations. OPCs hkring nuclear power stations will be shut down by 2020, while phasing in greater use of wind, solar, bio-energy, and hydroelectric power over roughly the same period Consumer demand for power is dymamic, with daily, weekly, and monthly peaks, as well as scasonal differences in demand. OPG must determine how to satisfy its total power Each type of power station has its own unique operating equirements for techns cians, and so the HR demand for technicians depends not only on total power needs, but also the mix of power stations in use at any given time. Because the company has varying skall requirements for its technicians, OFG seeks to hire tech nicians with the basic engineering skills qualifications, and then provides extensive training The training period lasts up to five yeans, which indicates how strategically important technicians are to OPG. The forecasting of demand for technicians must account for these cyclical differences in power demand in oeder to prevent over or understaffing In addition to these demand requirements, the utility must plan for future requirements given the expectedowth in the demand for electricity over time, and its own strategic initiative to reduce total full time employment levels by roughly 20 percent from its 2011 levels over a five-year period demand with Organizational plannerns have from which to draw forecasts. The utility also has a management team that has deep knowledge of the regulatory and political landscape, the enengy sector in general, and the electricity market in the province. Oher attributes that may influence the demand for energy and therefore the demand for technicians include the extent to which third-party (consultant) services are utilized, the total capital buadget of the company, the total number of lalowatt houn generated, the ilowatt hours produced by each station, the type of power stations available for use, and sales revenues 1. Assuming that to improve is HR demand foncasts for techni cians over a three year period, do you think that OPG should use a quant- tative or qualitative type of model to assess its demand for technicians? 2. What specific form of quantitative or qualitative model do you think Sources: OPG Annul Report 2013; employment whit Med RAL, & Ahmed S3(1990S
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