Interconnection Director

Posted 22 February 2024
Salary Competitive Salary (DOE)
LocationUnited States of America
Job type Permanent
Discipline Renewable Energy & InfrastructureSustainability
Contact NameSamantha Molloy

Job description

Job title: Interconnection Director

Location: United States (Remote)

The Interconnection Director will lead the Interconnection and Transmission team in the execution of utility-scale battery energy storage projects.

The Director of Interconnection will report to the Head of Engineering, integrate into the Development Group, and work across the organization. In addition, you will lead the interconnection and Grid Integration process through Development, pre-construction and project execution. Additionally, accounting for the strategic market analysis and deep knowledge of interconnection procedures, queue positioning, and transmission system analysis in various RTO/ISO.

Lastly, the successful candidate will steer greenfield project siting, and prepare/manage interconnection requests through to an Interconnection Agreement with favorable terms.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leads all aspects of electrical interconnection, delivery strategies, strategic interconnection acquisition, basis and curtailment analysis for the company’s assets and portfolio.

  • Leads interactions with the ISOs throughout the lifecycle of the company’s projects.

  • Work as a leader, team member and individual contributor to develop & implement models (PSSE, TARA, PowerWorld, ASPEN, PSCAD, etc.)

  • Mentor Interconnection Engineer(s) and key organizational stakeholders for the ISO/RTO interconnection processes (Interconnection schedules, milestones, deliverables etc.).

  • Develop and implement strategies by assessing the company's pipeline grid integration opportunities

  • Additionally, preparing and filing interconnection documents and managing the Company’s interconnection positions.

  • Conduct analysis and forecast of congestion as related to the company’s pipeline opportunities for various transmission systems throughout North America within the various ISO/RTOs.

  • Provide ISO/RTO market insight via industry market analysis sources, and working forums/groups

  • Furthermore, act as the subject matter expert on interconnection-related market design and regulatory issues.

  • Working with the company’s Development team to identify transmission opportunities and evaluate potential project sites based on transmission considerations.

  • In addition, collaborate with the Development and Market Operations team to assess power delivery options.

  • Furthermore, understanding BESS behavior and impacts on electrical transmission systems (SSR, reactive power, etc.)

  • In addition, ensures compliance with grid codes and the technical interconnection requirements for the companies’ development portfolio and operating assets.

  • As a key stakeholder work cross organizationally in the negotiation/amendment of interconnection contractual agreements.

  • Moreover, ensure project compliance with GIA and utility standards.

  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local grid codes and regulations.

  • Develop the necessary systems and processes to ensure that GIA requirements are adhered to at each step of the project, development through operations.

  • Lastly, maintain operational knowledge of grid code and associated safety by design standards, regulations, laws, and procedures.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree in Power Systems, electrical engineering, or related field. PE or equivalent Certification preferred.

  • 5+ years in a Management/Leadership role

  • 7+ years of relevant engineering and technical policy experience including renewable energy design and interconnection tariff structures and business practice manuals.

  • Additionally, familiarity with battery energy storage design and technical standards is preferred.

  • Knowledge of System Impact Studies (SIS) and other interconnection studies of renewable energy generating facilities with the ISO/SPP markets.

  • Understanding of electrical diagrams, preliminary site plans, and preparation of interconnection request packages for submittal.

  • Coordinate with VP Governance & Regulatory Affairs to monitor and report on tariff changes impacting projects, as well as providing support for outreach and lobbying efforts.

  • In addition, be an expert in transmission systems and transmission expansion plans in the US.

  • Experience with substation design and transmission-level power system protection and coordination is preferred.

  • PSSE, Aspen, PSCAD, ETAP or AmpCalc modeling experience preferred.

  • Moreover, working knowledge of NERC planning standards and FERC rules and regulations.

  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft 365

  • Lastly, superior communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.

In conclusion, be part of an organisation to drive the renewable energy revolution and contribute to a sustainable future.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the role to Samantha Molloy (sam.molloy@greenrecruitmentcompany.com)