Grid Infrastructure Engineer
The Grid Infrastructure Engineer reports to the Manager of Grid Infrastructure. We are seeking an Engineer II to Senior Engineer staffing level. This position is responsible for providing overall short-term and long-term integrated transmission and distribution planning, analysis and forecasting of transmission rates, and collaborating with other NCEMC teams to meet reliability, portfolio, and technology goals.
Academic and Trade Qualifications:
A Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, computer science, or other analytically intensive equivalent is required. Engineer Intern (EI) certification and progress toward achieving Professional Engineer (PE) certification is desired for Engineer level II and PE is required for Senior Level.
Three to eight years of progressively responsible engineering work is required. Experience within the energy industry and with regulatory exposure is preferred. Position may be filled at the Senior level with an appropriate level of experience.
Integrated T&D Planning and Reliability
- Coordinate with Transmission Providers to ensure that existing and future transmission facilities will provide reliable and economic service to Member EMCs’ delivery points. Assist Member EMC staff with any issues that arise and help resolve obstacles to proposed projects.
- Develop data and assumptions necessary to determine the cost and physical characteristics of new transmission facilities.
- Monitor the regulatory requirements for establishing new transmission facilities. Assist in collection of data, analysis, and testimony in support of regulatory proceedings.
- Monitor developments and trends in transmission planning and other factors related to NCEMC's ability to deliver power to its Member EMCs.
- Understand the impact of the changes of the utility industry on NCEMC and Member EMCs. Assist with collection of data, analysis, and testimony as needed supporting developments in such changes.
- Administer studies and hosting analysis of new and existing DER programs, communicate and coordinate results with EMC members and NCEMC staff.
- Achieve proficiency with using distribution load flow programs and setting up models of EMC systems to analyze DER resource viability.
Regional Planning Processes
- Participate and monitor state and regional joint transmission planning study activities of SERC, NCTPC, SERTP, and other planning groups.
- Transmission Rate, Forecasts, and Budget Activities
- Coordinate with internal and external parties to analyze Transmission Providers annual formula rate and loss factor process. Develop budget and long-range financial forecasts of transmission rates.
- Maintain FERC filed agreements between NCEMC and Transmission Providers (e.g., Network Integrated Transmission Service Agreement, Meter Service Agreement, Network / Mutual Operating Agreements).
- Provide technical expertise policy perspectives and oversight for NCUC and FERC proceedings, fillings, protests, and interventions.
- Monitor the regulatory requirements for establishing new transmission facilities.
- Participate in NERC Compliance activities as related to the Transmission Resources job functions including PRC, FAC, and MOD standards. Complete all required SME training and documentation responsibilities for any assigned standards.
- Collaborate within the Energy Delivery team, and among Power Supply in general to support member needs.
- Provide technical support to other internal departments to review strategic review of transmission positions and facilitate submission of transmission reservation requests.
- Assist with the Transmission & Distribution function of the NCEMC storm center.
- Assist with the annual work plan and budget preparations.
- Periodically report and present on activities.
- Maintain professional development.
- Perform other duties as directed by the Manager, Grid Infrastructure.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of electric system transmission planning and coordination.
- Thorough understanding of open access transmission tariffs, transmission provider business practices, and related regulatory activities.
- Should understand basic utility rate-making principles and engineering economy principles.
- Detailed working knowledge of personal computers is necessary, including software applications required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
Abilities and Skills:
- Anticipate, plan, and coordinate major projects with multiple stakeholder groups.
- Multi-task among several projects.
- Work effectively in a team environment.
- Communicate effectively with others, through written reports, memos, and discussions.
Relationships and Contacts:
- Reports to: Manager, Grid Infrastructure and is accountable to him or her for results achieved
- Directs: None
- Internal Relationships: Shall build and maintain internal relationships within NCEMC departments necessary to achieve the purpose of the position and the desired results.
- External Relationships: Shall maintain external relationships necessary to achieve the purpose of the position and the desired results. This includes Member EMCs and staff at the Transmission Providers.
Normal office or work at home conditions with occasional overtime, travel to members, and various other locations. NCEMC’s current work schedule is three (3) days in the office and two (2) days remote.
Company Profile: NCEMC (http://ncemcs.com/about/ncemc.htm) is one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the nation and is the power supplier for most of the state's member cooperatives. NCEMC acquires the power it sells to its member cooperatives in a variety of ways, including asset ownership and Purchased Power Agreements.
North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment.