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Engineer - Transmission and Interconnection

Engineer - Transmission and Interconnection

The Opportunity

TGRC have partnered with a pure play energy storage developer to search and select a highly qualified engineer of transmission and interconnection.

The engineer Transmission & Interconnection will join the Transmission, Interconnection, Market Analysis, and Engineering Team. This qualified individual would work under the guidance of the Head of the TIME team to provide business development, strategic system analysis and modelling support for the interconnection of utility−scale standalone storage projects within designated regions of North America. This team is focused on identifying optimal strategies for interconnecting storage projects to the electric grid based on systems impact assessments, interconnection costs, real−time energy pricing, and market delivery options. In addition, the Senior Engineer− Transmission & Interconnection will support the company’s transmission project development, acquisition, and operational activities.

Responsibilities

  • Perform transmission interconnection and electric market simulation studies, such as: steady state power flow, voltage stability, short circuit, reactive power compensation, etc.
  • Responsible for collecting data from the ISOs, track transmission system improvements, updating models, and producing reports. 
  • Develop and execute engineering activities for the electrical transmission interconnection of utility scale storage projects.
  • Support interconnection process tasks and communications with the utilities, ISOs and RTOs.
  • Define and handle scope and schedule of interconnection requests processed under FERC and PUC jurisdictions.
  • Develop and manage interconnection application plant models (PSSE, Aspen Oneliner, PSCAD) and perform plant systems stability assessments as required.
  • Lead coordination of internal efforts required to fulfil requirements of Interconnection Studies and Agreements.
  • Review utility, ISO and RTO’s assumptions, methodologies, and models.
  • Perform studies to verify constraints or test solutions to relieve transmission congestion; evaluates the current and future system needs to identify potential development opportunities.
  • Conduct power transmission analysis to predict congestion and interact with engineers and developers to help with price forecasting in various LMP markets, including but not limited to ERCOT, SPP, MISO, PJM, NYISO & NEISO.
  • Provide input for due−diligence evaluations and review efforts related to potential commercial transactions.
  • Perform transmission assessments to determine commercial viability of potential projects and or acquisitions and estimate costs of required transmission system upgrades.
  • Attend and participate in meetings and conferences on engineering and technical issues (i.e., RTO and ISOs stakeholder meetings, working groups and conferences) and report back with key findings.
  • Develop and execute engineering activities for the electrical transmission interconnection of utility scale storage projects.
  • Lead and support T&I Manager on interconnection process tasks and communications •        with the utilities, ISOs and RTOs
  • Lead and support T&I Manager on interconnection process tasks and communications with the utilities, ISOs and RTOs Support and provide input for due−diligence evaluations and review efforts related to potential commercial transactions.
  • Perform transmission assessments to determine commercial viability of potential projects and acquisitions and estimate costs of required transmission system upgrades.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5+ years of experience with PSSƒE, MUST, TARA, Power World, or similar power flow software.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in electric transmission planning, operations, or related discipline
  • Power flow, Stability and Short Circuit software (Aspen, PSSE, PSCAD) experience
  • Utility, RTO and or ISO experience
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university required. Emphasis in power systems strongly preferred.
  • Master’s in electrical engineering preferred.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) License preferred
  • Transmission planning experience with very strong power flow modelling skills
  • Understanding of electricity market policy and rules with respect to interconnection and transmission planning desirable
  • Construction, testing, and commissioning experience a plus.
  • Excel, VBA, SQL experience or other modelling and programming skills
  • Strong computing skills including MS Office Suite
  • Effective communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to prepare both written and oral presentation materials of complex matters in a simplified manner.
  • Knowledge of electric theory with strong understanding of utility and ISO operations and transmission planning process
  • Multitasking, dynamic, self−motivated individual able to work in groups or independently.
  • Ability to simultaneously support multiple development projects across multiple states and regions.
  • Familiarity with storage and renewable trends in the electric market
  • Strong knowledge of energy storage value proposition for engineering for fundamentals of energy storage projects