Avangrid Permitting Manager - Ld/Sr in Portland, Oregon
Permitting Manager - Ld/Sr
Company: AVANGRID RENEWABLES, LLC
Portland, OR, US WY, US Arlington, OR, US Boulder, CO, US NV, US ID, US AZ, US North Palm Springs, CA, US Vancouver, WA, US CA, US WA, US Birds Landing, CA, US SD, US Bickleton, WA, US CO, US OR, US Klamath Falls, OR, US Wasco, OR, US MO, US
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $40 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies - a list of America's best corporate citizens - and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com (https://www.avangrid.com/wps/portal/avangrid/home)
The AVANGRID RENEWABLES Ld/Sr. Manager - Development Environmental Permitting will report to the Western Director – Development Environmental Permitting. The Manager - Development Environmental Permitting will work with the Western Director – Development Environmental Permitting and the Development team in the western region of the United States to 1) negotiate and obtain the key discretionary permits for renewable energy projects 2) identify and mitigate project specific environmental and permitting risk and 3) support the achievement of yearly objectives for Investment and Commercial Operational Date goals for profitable projects. This position is in Portland, OR but we are open to remote candidates.
Lead interactions with permitting agencies, negotiate terms, and obtain the Key Discretionary Permit and all other federal, state, and local environmental permits including jurisdictional waters permits, endangered species permits, eagle permits, cultural resources review, and NEPA/state equivalent processes, as required for successful project development. Advocate for favorable permit conditions consistent with project and Company goals, schedules, levelized costs of energy, and environmental risk and protection.
Manage, review, evaluate, and negotiate milestone schedules, budgets and staffing requirements to complete permitting, environmental risk management, and compliance on projects. Develop permitting CapEx and OpEx estimates for projects.
Advise Origination on PPA/offtake efforts including environmental risks, schedule challenges, permitting milestones, and reporting requirements to allow for optimal PPA negotiations.
Manage and advise environmental and permitting needs for project financing, tax equity, JVs, and related business arrangements. Provide due diligence in support of development on potential merger and acquisition opportunities for wind and solar sites.
Select, manage, coordinate, and lead consultants used for environmental studies, permit support and other technical studies.
Strategize and prepare applications and presentations to permitting and wildlife agencies; represent Company's position as a technical expert in hearings, open houses, and workshops; assist with the project public relations strategy.
Communicate and manage activities within the Company (GIS, origination, lands, meteorology, interconnection transmission, development, legal, engineering, construction, and operations) and with outside consultants to achieve all regulatory, siting, and environmental requirements and approvals needed to achieve project regulatory compliance, guidance and policy adherence, and Company objectives.
Advise Construction to assist in maintaining permit compliance of wind and solar projects. Re-permit/amend permits as needed for construction changes based on strategic discussions with Development and Construction.
Participate in and/or draft ACP and other industry groups guidance/legislation/regulation at the state and county level that impacts the development of wind or solar facilities
Coordinate with Procurement on RFP process and manage purchase orders and invoicing through SAP accounting system, adhering to effective internal controls
Skills and Requirements
Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Business or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of 5 years in renewable energy permitting.
Eight years of experience in project permitting and environmental review from project concept to implementation.
Experience and knowledge of environmental permitting regulations for complex renewable energy projects. Fluent in a broad range of technical areas including the following: wind and solar environmental siting, development, complicated discretionary permitting processes, wetlands and waters, sound and noise, habitat and wildlife, glare and visual resources, and cultural resources.
Knowledgeable of relevant state and federal permitting and wildlife regulations including but not limited to Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
Demonstrated problem solving, negotiating and oral and written communication skills.
Domestic travel required (can range 20-50%).
Working knowledge of Windows-based business software applications, including Word, Teams, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Advanced degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Business, or comparable degree.
Previous management experience, project management training or technical training on environmental matters.
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