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Eversource Energy Lead Engineer, Transmission System Planning in Manchester, New Hampshire

Check out this video and find out why our team loves to work here! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHmr45H8xZE)Lead Engineer in Transmission System Planning provides focused subject matter expertise and oversight of power system studies and system solutions development for interconnections of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in the Eversource electric system, by coordinating team assignments associated with the modeling and analysis of DERs’ impact on the transmission system. The role requires extensive experience associated with the modeling and analyses of DERs, and planning level designs of transmission lines, substation facilities, and other applicable assets or resources comprising of New England’s electric power system. Typical studies include analyses of power flow, transient stability, short circuit, and electromagnetic transient (EMT). The position assists in leading the development and improvements of standard procedures or processes, methodologies and any other necessary documentation supporting the studies and any resulting system improvements. This position serves as a single point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on DER matters, and entails representing the Company on regional and national transmission committees transmission planning matters for New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), New England Power Coordination Council (NPCC), and Independent System Operators of New England (ISO-NE) as needed. Responsible for supervising, assigning, prioritizing and directing the work performed by other Engineers and staff.

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as the Transmission System Planning team lead for direct report engineers by ensuring responsible assignments are performed satisfactorily where sound technical mitigation measures or upgrade solutions are recommended. Serve as a single point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on DER matters.
  • Leads the development and maintenance of the system models for transmission studies. This includes:

  • Collection and review of the forecast loads to be included in the model

  • Collection, modification, and review of a variety of electric system parameters including: equipment ratings, impedances, contingency sets, protection and control parameters, as well as system topology
  • Collection, modification, and review of DER modeling for steady state, stability, short circuit, and EMT analyses
  • Leads the DER transmission system impact studies in the entire Eversource service territories. This includes:

  • Determining required level of analysis, study assumptions, and study scopes

  • Review and verification of technical information and models of DER applications, and providing timely comments to DER customers for model updates and corrections
  • Application of corporate planning standards in conjunction with any other applicable NERC, NPCC, and ISO-NE reliability standards and criteria
  • Developing solutions to mitigate identified significant adverse impacts
  • Interfacing with various ISO-NE staff, DER and Distribution System Planning, line and substation engineering, asset management, siting, environmental and permitting, operations, etc. for the determination of system impacts and proposed solutions
  • Providing study updates and presenting study results to regulatory agencies, DER customers, and affected parties
  • Standardizes the DER transmission system impact studies in all three states. This task includes:

  • Developing process document for performing DER system impact studies to ensure consistency in study methodology and reporting

  • Collaborating with DER Planning and Customer Care for managing information of DER applications pertinent to system impact studies
  • Updating DER technical data requirements in accordance with latest applicable standards and criteria
  • Serves as a company expert witness advocating the Company’s position at various regulatory and/or siting proceedings on issues dealing with Company’s plans for transmission improvements and DER enablement.
  • Conducts performance evaluations for direct report engineers and creates performances goals, development plans and growth opportunities.
  • Other supporting tasks include:

  • Represents the department and the company on various industry related committees.

  • Participates with other utilities and the planning staff of the Independent System Operator (ISO) in the review of DER system impact studies of other utilities.
  • Coordinates and works in close collaboration with various internal departments such as Engineering, System Operations, Protection & Control, Communications, Project Management, Regulatory Policy, Compliance, Siting & Outreach, Real Estate, Investment Planning and Finance as well as any other internal or external groups as necessary
  • Clearly and effectively communicates the results of analyses and action plans both verbally and in writing
  • Trains junior staff in technical analyses and procedures
  • Performs an emergent storm assignment as needed during times of inclement weather or adverse system conditions

Technical Knowledge/Skill/Education/Licenses/Certifications:

Technical Knowledge/Skill:

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and attention-to-detail.
  • Eight or more years performing Power Systems Engineering and Analysis or as a Power System Planner in an electric utility with Transmission system planning focused experience.
  • Effective communication and writing skills with the ability to communicate complicated technical issues in a succinct manner.
  • Experience with power system transmission analysis tools such as PSSE, TARA, EMS, ASPEN, PSCAD, or other similar analysis software.
  • Ability to interface effectively and collaborate with clients, peers, project personnel, and all levels of management enterprise-wide to develop solutions and ensure stakeholder buy-in.
  • Familiarities with FERC and state jurisdictional interconnection processes in New England
  • Strong understanding of electrical engineering concepts such as reliability, load flow, stability, short circuit, voltage regulation, transients, power factor, losses, etc.

  • Strong technical understanding of the parameters and functions used in the operation of the power delivery system as well as power industry fundamentals, practices, and standards

  • Thorough understanding of engineering economics

Education:

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Power Systems or related.
  • Advanced Degree in Power Systems Engineering is preferred

Experience :

  • A minimum of eight (8) years of Power Systems Analysis or Planning experience.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be available to work emergency restoration assignment as required.
  • Must be available to travel between MA/CT/NH as necessary.

Leadership Behaviors/Competencies:

Set and Communicate Direction and Priorities

  • Communicate priorities and goals (company, department, team)
  • Show how employee’s work fits in
  • Provide business updates, news
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate

Build Trusting Relationships

  • Role model honesty/integrity in communication and action
  • Balance “getting results” with concern for individual needs
  • Have honest dialogue with employees; get to know them

Manage and Develop People

  • Set realistic performance objectives and expectations
  • Give ongoing, honest feedback; coach for success
  • Recognize good performance
  • Visit crews in the field
  • Remove obstacles to day-to-day performance
  • Provide tools, information, training

Foster Teamwork and Cross-functional Collaboration

  • Encourage cooperation/remove obstacles between work groups/departments
  • Encourage collaboration/peers helping peers

Create a Diverse, Inclusive Workforce

  • Ask for employee input on work process/practice improvements and before implementing change that will affect them
  • Encourage ideas

Lead Change

  • Deliver effective, positive communications about change to your team
  • Exhibit a “can-do” attitude to successfully implement changes in priorities and work processes
  • Respond positively to new demands or circumstances

Focus on the Customer

  • Ensure that everyone on the team understands our customer promise and provides superior customer service
  • Be a role model for the team on delivering superior customer service

Worker Type:

Regular

Number of Openings:

1

EEO Statement

Eversource Energy is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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Vaccination Information:

Eversource requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by their first day of employment. If you have any concerns regarding compliance with this requirement, you will need to discuss your concerns with Eversource’s HR department after you have been made a conditional offer of employment. Eversource does not require applicants to discuss vaccination status prior to receipt of a conditional offer of employment and complies with all applicable laws.

Emergency Response:

Responding to emergency situations to meet customers’ needs is part of every employee’s role. If employed, you will be given an Emergency Restoration assignment. This means you may be called to assist during an emergency outside of your normal responsibilities, work hours and location.

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