Director, Transmission Engineering

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Posted 1 month ago

Job Purpose

The Director, Transmission Engineering is responsible for leading technical matters in supporting interconnection efforts associated with Longroad’s wind, solar, and storage projects, performing or managing analysis on the transmission system to identify interconnection capacity for potential projects, and leading the company through the necessary transmission and interconnection processes of utilities and ISO’s.  The position requires extensive knowledge of wind, solar, and storage modeling and will require managing modeling consultants to meet utility and other commercial requirements.  Longroad is active in multiple ISO/RTO’s as well as in bilateral markets across the country, with multiple projects at various stages of development.

Responsibilities

  • Experience solving complex technical, modeling problems
  • Lead communication and build relationships with utilities/ISOs and track interconnection progress to ensure projects are complete in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Coordinate with internal and/or external resources to prepare preliminary project designs, interconnection applications and supporting documentation for Longroad’s projects throughout North America
  • Understand modeling of wind, solar and energy storage projects in PSLF, PSS/E and PSCAD, manage modeling in coordination with vendors and consultants
  • Experience working with third party engineers to support project financing
  • Perform or coordinate performance of energy loss estimates, reactive capability studies, and other technical characteristics to meet grid performance requirements
  • Evaluate transmission and interconnection tariffs, costs, timelines, queue, and processes for a variety of markets and provide strategy to the cross-functional development team
  • Support flexible, opportunistic approach to prospecting for new sites by identifying interconnection locations in target markets to maximize value across competing priorities for interconnection, resource, permitting, development, land, and EPC
  • Manage and/or perform power flow, deliverability, curtailment and LMP studies in collaboration with engineers and/or consultants
  • Track changes to interconnection tariffs and key transmission upgrades in target markets
  • Support development and project finance as needed
  • Provide preliminary interconnection cost estimates, study cost and schedule estimates, in support of development plans and perform technical due diligence on acquisition targets
  • Coordinate negotiation of interconnection agreements with Longroad’s EPC, development, permitting, finance, and treasury groups

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience in interconnection, project development, or transmission planning at a utility, ISO/RTO, consulting firm, or project developer
  • Practical experience with PSS/E, GE PSLF or similar tools required
  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in power systems engineering or equivalent required
  • Ability to operate with minimal direction, set priorities, and exercise independent judgment
  • Flexible and cooperative self-starter with proven ability to work collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 

Desired/Preferred Qualifications

  • Five (5) or more years of related experience preferred
  • Knowledge of PSCAD analysis methods desired
  • Practical experience in assessing grid curtailment risks and congestion risks
  • Advance degree (MS, PhD, etc.) preferred
  • Professional Engineer registration preferred
  • Direct experience in managing the interconnection process in organized markets (e.g. PJM, ISONE, MISO, CAISO, others) as well as bilateral markets
  • Demonstrated ability to work across organizations, find creative solutions, and communicate with both a technical and non-technical audience
  • Ability to identify and quantify risks and to develop and implement effective risk mitigation strategies
  • Experience communicating / working with utilities, consulting firms, ISO/RTOs, and regulators
  • Ability to effectively negotiate consulting services agreements, manage consultants and ensure such services add value to projects
  • Understanding of renewable energy project finance and ability to favorably resolve differing views from independent engineers and/or lender’s engineers is highly desirable
  • Ability to travel up to 25%

Characteristics Necessary for Success

  • Strong technical and modelling skills
  • Ability to communicate and translate technical information to company management
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with interconnecting utilities, vendors and technical consultants
  • Personal accountability and integrity
  • Ability to make informed decisions in a quick and nimble fashion
  • Comfortable with a work environment that is fast paced and changes quickly
  • Ability to work within a team with a positive attitude
  • Enthusiastic about the renewable energy industry

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