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Duke Energy Engineer II/Engineer III (Battery Energy Storage and Microgrid Project Development) in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Depending upon the desired qualifications of the successful applicant, the hiring manager may elect to fill this position at a higher level within the job hierarchy

Ideal location is Charlotte, NC based but can also be located virtually within the lower 48 states.

This position will function under general direction with minimal supervision, providing engineering and technical expertise to support the Business Development team in pursuit of investment opportunities, including acquisitions and greenfield development, with a focus on battery energy storage and microgrid projects. Applicants are expected to have engineering skills related to power system modeling of distribution and/or transmission electric systems and understand primarily battery energy storage systems (BESS) and microgrids but also have familiarity of wind and solar renewable technology.

This position will:

  • Provide engineering support to technical matters throughout the development process with a heavy focus on BESS and microgrid siting and design, power system modeling, and integration of distributed energy technologies in Duke Energy regulated jurisdictions.

  • Utilize knowledge of BESS and microgrid project engineering, electric generating facilities, utility interconnection requirements, inverter/plant control and metering schemes to evaluate, identify, and mitigate commercial risks associated with proposed project designs.

This position must work collaboratively with key internal business unit stakeholders, including Project Management and Construction (PMC), Supply Chain, Transmission, Distribution, IT, and Health & Safety, among others. The position may also require working with third-party consultants.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Support greenfield development through site screening and selection, system feasibility studies, preliminary design, cost estimates, and overall technical due-diligence.

  • Perform power system modeling and analysis utilizing tools such as PSSE/TARA, CYME, PSCAD and MATLAB. The ideal candidate is expected to have a good understanding and analysis skills of power flow, dynamic, and transient stability.

  • Perform the battery facility design, including but not limited to electrical system design, such as sizing, creating one-line diagrams, and equipment selection. Also, design the physical site layout and site access, while adhering to jurisdictional guidelines.

  • Create and submit interconnection requests for distributed energy projects and analyze study results.

  • Work with Supply Chain on issuing RFPs for EPC and key equipment components.

  • Support efforts to optimize distributed energy generation systems design and output.

  • Develop techno-economic models to support improvement of project return on investment.

  • Prepare thorough and accurate technical reports, correspondence, documentation, calculations, and design plans related to projects and analysis of increasing scope and complexity.

  • Develop optimization tools specific to Duke Energy battery energy storage, microgrid, and solar-plus-storage projects.

  • Stay informed of technology advancements, market trends, and relevant guidelines and standards related to distributed energy technology.

  • Maintain equipment supplier relationships and advise Supply Chain and PMC on distributed energy technology trends.

  • Travel is required, 10%.

    Key skills and experience: power system modeling utilizing tools such as PSSE/TARA, CYME, PSCAD and MATLAB.

    Basic/Required Qualifications – Engineer II

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering obtained from an ABET accredited program, OR a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in lieu of a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

  • Minimum of two (2) years of engineering experience

    Basic/Required Qualifications – Engineer III

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering obtained from an ABET accredited program, OR a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in lieu of a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

  • Minimum of four (4) years of engineering experience

    Desired Qualifications

  • Masters and/or PhD in engineering

  • Professional Engineer license

  • Power system transient stability study experience, dynamic study experience, and/or converter control/design experience

  • Experience in the electric utility industry and a demonstrated understanding of distribution and transmission materials, functionality, applications, and concepts.

  • Increasingly proficient in practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, preparing and presenting recommendations.

  • Ability to deal with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated effective organizational skills.

  • Proficient in principles of project management.

  • Demonstrated ability to conquer challenging work requirements and achieve business results, regardless of detailed subject knowledge, through the application of technical abilities and problem-solving skills, including effective planning, industry knowledge, organization, management skills, and determination.

  • Demonstrated ability to control stressful situations, negotiate positions, provide instruction, training, and direction to others.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse teams ranging from executive management and key stakeholders to construction contractors and construction personnel.

  • Demonstrated ability to read, comprehend, and retain the information conveyed in complex documents. Follow oral and written instruction, convert those instructions to work product, exercise good judgment, and communicate effectively.

  • Demonstrated ability to collect and organize data, study and apply policies and procedures, evaluate graphic and/or numerical information, effectively organize and monitor technical work activities, including ability to read and comprehend technical drawings, graphs, maps, and other technical documents.

  • Demonstrated ability to make informative and persuasive presentations to peers, leadership, and stakeholders.

Working Conditions

  • Virtual - Work will be performed from a remote location after the onboarding period. However, virtual employees should live within a reasonable commute to a Duke Energy facility.

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Travel Requirements

5-15%

Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable) No

Represented/Union Position No

Visa Sponsored Position No

Posting Expiration Date

Thursday, April 18, 2024

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

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