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National Grid Consultant, Renewable Energy Connections (Customer Energy Integration) in Albany, New York

About us

National Grid is hiring a Consultant, Renewable Energy Connections (CEI) for our Upstate NY Customer Energy Integration team. This role can be based in Albany NY, Buffalo NY, or Syracuse NY location.

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

National Grid is looking for a customer-facing professional who will own and manage the relationship with distributed generation (DG) applicants throughout the company’s interconnection process. Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal, technical and project management skills. The successful candidate will enable customer sponsored DG projects to be interconnected with consideration for customer experience, cost effectiveness, and technical requirements within state regulated timelines.

The professional will act as the customer’s primary point of contact guiding them through regulatory, legislative, and technical obligations from the preliminary stages of complex electric projects through interconnection. This includes obtaining and interpreting technical documentation, assisting customers with evaluating the feasibility of projects, performing preliminary screenings/feasibility reviews, coordinating for detailed studies, drafting contractual agreements, and facilitating interconnections with multitude internal and external stakeholders throughout the application and construction process.

As a DG subject matter expert, the candidate will also be expected to provide outreach and educate others on DG initiatives. This position will also get involved.

Key Accountabilities

Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Manage DG projects with customers, external vendors, contractors and consultants to ensure timely delivery of utility services and completion of the project.

  • Conduct engineering screenings/feasibility reviews, maintain work management system and update procedures to support the design solutions that enhance Distributed Generation programs.

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with network strategy, account development, inside and outsides sales, regulatory, energy product & program management, jurisdictional teams and external vendors in order to facilitate communications, integrate work and ensure the successful delivery of company’s products and programs.

  • Challenge existing policies and procedures to continuously seek ways to enhance customer service and cost-effectiveness.

  • Coordinate internal and external resources assigned to perform comprehensive engineering studies (i.e. Impact, CESIR, etc), commissioning analysis and reports in order to ensure timely delivery of DG projects per applicable jurisdictional tariffs.

  • Provide technical guidance, support and coaching to others, (both internally and externally) in order to share knowledge and increase understanding of Distributed Generation programs and services.

  • Analyze and evaluate developments in Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy technologies in order to identify impact of different scenarios on the business and strategies for integrating cost efficiencies.

  • Ensure projects are following appropriate accounting procedures.

  • Negotiate, develop and administer all aspects of interconnection related agreements.

  • Update and maintain company websites with latest program information.

  • Represent National Grid as needed in various industry associations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required (with Engineering, Business, Project Management, or related field preferred)

  • 3+ years of work experience in Renewable Energies, Distributed Generation or Utility industry preferred

  • PE, DGCP and/or PMP certification desired

  • Familiarity with power system components, engineering concepts, project management and interconnections

  • Knowledge or willing to understand various regulatory policies and interconnection related standards

  • Able to read schematics, one-lines and recommend/oversee changes to documentation.

  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) or ability to be trained

  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office software products

  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to develop proficiency with NY tariffs, especially as they relate to Distributed Generation

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret information and analyze relationships among several parts of a problem or situation in order to clearly articulate the findings and anticipates obstacles and think ahead about next steps

  • Understands theory behind policies and processes and demonstrates the ability to challenge existing processes and ways of working e.g. taking action to avoid future crisis or create opportunities to improve existing practices

  • Prior work experience in reviewing and discussing CHP/DG feasibility reviews, system impact studies and working successfully with consulting engineers and contractors preferred

  • Understands the importance of procedures and standards of working and demonstrates the ability to give directions or demonstrations with clear reasons and rationales.

  • Be a coordinator for technical DG items that may arise with the National Grid customer base

  • Good knowledge of DG system design practices and installation standards or ability to learn

  • Valid Driver's license is required

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Upstate NY Salary

$80,000 - $94,000 a year

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.  We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.  National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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