Interconnection Planning Engineer

Position Description:

We are seeking a creative and highly motivated individual for the position of Interconnection Planning Engineer. This full time position will join Tradewind Energy’s dynamic development team in our Kansas City-area offices.

 

SUMMARY OF FUNCTIONS

The Interconnection Planning Engineer (IPE) is heavily involved in Tradewind Energy’s development strategy for its portfolio of existing and proposed utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage projects.  The IPE will coordinate and provide ongoing technical engineering support for various generation interconnection (GI) studies, will coordinate with project teams and outside consultants to manage the GI study process associated with various utilities and ISOs, review and critique interconnection study results, and may perform special technical studies as needed to support the GI study process.  Additionally, the IPE will ensure compliance with relevant tariffs and represent Tradewind’s interests in an effort to shape renewable policy development in various ISOs.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage assigned interconnection and engineering activities for various Tradewind utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage projects from site selection to planning and development.
  • Perform in-house technical studies of the transmission grid utilizing engineering software such as PSS/E, PSS-MUST, ASPEN, etc.
  • Manage daily interconnection study activities for projects under development, as is required to meet tariff timelines, including the collection and distribution of T&D technical information required by various interconnection providers; including but not limited to Transmission Providers, Transmission Owners, Affected System Owners, and Independent System Operators (i.e. Utilities).
  • Coordinate the development of necessary modeling data with subcontractors for generation interconnection technical studies for submission to Utilities.
  • Review interconnection study results, technical reports, and participate in results meetings.
  • Review and negotiate generation interconnection agreements, submit comments to Utilities in a timely manner and facilitate contract execution.
  • Initiate, manage, and review third party studies to assess curtailment, congestion, and other transmission-related project risks.
  • Provide analysis to inform Tradewind’s interconnection and transmission related strategy for wind, solar and energy storage projects; including project size optimization, fatal flaw analysis, interconnection queue management, and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Assist in the maintenance of GI study tracking and budget forecasting.
  • Ideal candidates will enjoy providing creative bidding strategies that utilize knowledge of the transmission system and thoughtful assessment of study results and hedging options.

 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop systems to effectively manage all interconnection planning activities, and provide regular reports to management and project teams on project milestones and critical path decisions.
  • Review power-flow, short-circuit and stability analysis results of various interconnection studies for projects and submit relevant comments to Utilities and/or Tradewind’s management staff.
  • Participate in project scoping meetings, result review meetings and interconnection agreement negotiation discussions.
  • Coordinate the process between internal teams and outside consultants to reach consensus on interconnection strategy and estimated project costs. IPE will issue relevant engineering documents to Utilities to communicate conceptual design of interconnection facilities and initiate detailed design for various projects with subcontractors.
  • Participate in various public workshops and represent the interests of Tradewind Energy at industry related meetings, conferences and/or legislative forums.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering required, preferably with an emphasis in power systems.
  • Master of Business Administration Degree highly preferred, or demonstrated competence in RTO working groups, contract negotiations, or other related business experience.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in renewable power system analysis or related fields with knowledge of power systems modeling software is preferred. GI model development experience at a RTO or utility is strongly preferred. Exemplary performance in college studies, with a focus on power system analysis, may be acceptable.
  • Must have good analytical, decision-making, communication, creative problem-solving, and human relations skills.
  • Must be organized, self-motivated and have capability to work independently on major interconnection projects.


Contact Information:
Please send a resume and cover letter, to:
Attention: Sue Chalupa
jobs@tradewindenergy.com