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Utility Interconnection Engineer

The Opportunity:

Join a growing team dedicated to development and management of energy infrastructure, community economic development, corporate social responsibility, safeguarding environmental resources, and sharing in the growth of a highly ethical, competitive, and privately held enterprise.

Responsibilities:

The Utility Interconnection Engineer is responsible for managing utility scale projects through the interconnection process as well as providing technical expertise to advance the development of our solar and energy storage systems nationwide. This role requires an electrical engineer with experience managing utility scale projects through multiple ISO’s and utilities interconnection processes.

Reporting to the Director of Engineering & Construction, this role requires a unique blend of power systems experience; collaboration, creativity; and strong interpersonal, advocacy, and problem-solving skills. This position is based out of our Boston office with some flexibility for remote work.  Core duties will include: 

  • Work closely with the Development Designer Engineers, Business Development and Asset Management teams to achieve interconnection of utility scale solar and storage projects
  • Review and analyze utility pre-screen reports, System Impact Studies, Interconnection Service Agreements, and manage a portfolio of utility interconnection applications from initial submission through closeout
  • Develop single line diagrams and three-line diagrams for distribution-level and transmission-level interconnection applications, electrical permits, and construction documents
  • Manage the electrical design and interconnection application process for utility scale PV and PV+Storage projects, identify reliability and congestion constraints for FERC jurisdictional projects, and develop integrated solutions
  • Analyze interconnection due diligence materials to support project acquisition efforts, identify existing and potential red flags
  • Review utility impact studies and upgrade estimates to identify cost or time saving measures
  • Manage external consultants performing interconnection and transmission studies as well as curtailment and congestion analyses
  • Represent the Grid Integration Engineering group in design reviews and serve as subject matter expert for utility requirements and medium-voltage design
  • Lead utility status calls, maintain utility relationships, and manage utility performance to tariff deadlines
  • Lead technical utility negotiations and drive implementation of non-wires alternatives, selective curtailment, and other grid-edge technologies
  • Develop and manage relationships with a network of vendors and engineering consultants for the entire life cycle of a project including development, permitting, construction, and asset management phases
  • Review shop drawings and designs for switchgear, transformers, reclosers, and other major electrical equipment
  • Perform site visits for project assessment and feasibility

Desired Skills and Experience:

A successful candidate will bring many of the following experiences, skills, and attributes. If you believe that your experience and skill set is a good match for this position, we invite you to apply.

  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering or similar/ equal concentration required
  • 5+ years of relevant engineering and technical policy experience including renewable energy design and interconnection tariff structures
  • Ability to lead advocacy and technical negotiations to facilitate advancement of Advanced Power’s projects
  • PSS/E or PSCAD modelling experience preferred
  • Knowledge of transmission planning standards and FERC interconnection process is preferred
  • Experience with interconnection requirements and criteria for MISO, PJM, ERCOT, Arizona and/ or New Mexico is preferred
  • Experience with substation design and transmission-level power system protection and coordination is preferred
  • PSSE, Aspen, PSCAD, ETAP or AmpCalc modeling experience preferred
  • AutoCAD software proficiency preferred
  • Strong knowledge of industry standard design codes such as National Electric Code, International Building Code, International Fire Code, and other industry standards