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Manager, Transmission Interconnection

Oakville, ON, CA, L6J 2X1

At Algonquin-Liberty, we hire passionate people who care about doing the right thing for our customers. We are entrepreneurial, creative, and outcome-focused. Here, your natural talent and achievements will flourish in an inclusive environment of teamwork, trust and continuous learning. We are always pursuing excellence to exceed our ambitions goals, rewarding both the goal outcome and how we achieve it. 

Purpose

 

To fulfill the role of Manager, Transmission Interconnection, Liberty is seeking an Electrical Engineer with a minimum of 7-10 years progressive experience in the power and energy industry with 3 of these years being experience in transmission interconnection planning and engineering, including reviewing and procuring power flow studies for generator interconnections to the North American power grid.  This Manager position is responsible for managing interconnection solutions for the company's leading renewable power generation capital projects. These solutions involve all RTO/ISO and utility interconnection strategy and implementation, as well as power generation-to-utility interface design.

This role will significantly support Liberty’s growth objectives in the development of Renewable Energy projects throughout North America by providing the strategic planning, technical analysis and management of the interconnection process for our pipeline of generation and energy storage projects.

Accountabilities

  • Determine the level of engineering analysis required at the various stages of project development in order to understand and evaluate interconnection challenges.
  • Develop tools and processes to improve understanding of congestion and curtailment risk for generator interconnection options, including basis differential risk between local LMP and major settlement nodes
  • Procure studies and analysis through consultants, to find most advantageous locations to interconnect renewable energy projects to the transmission system from a generator deliverability perspective
  • Work with the origination and development teams to refine project siting.
  • Understand and assimilate applicable interconnection codes, standards, specifications, guidelines, regulations and rules.
  • Assist origination and development teams in the preparation, submittal and management of interconnection requests to various RTO’s and provide guidance to project developers in navigating the various interconnection processes.
  • Provide strategy input for future projects with respect to interconnection challenges & solutions.
  • Research markets and RTO’s/ISO's, both in N. America and internationally, with regards to interconnection rules and strategies, market maturity, applicable tariffs and regulations, transmission options, market congestion, constraints and curtailment operations, etc.
  • Work with and supervise directly the work of retained electrical engineering consultants, regarding power system studies and other electrical design requirements.
  • Attend meetings with utility representatives during development of interconnection schemes and studies as required.
  • Assist in the review and/or development of technical requirements for equipment supply and project design for renewable energy and energy storage projects.
  • Work with consultants to conduct necessary studies in support of interconnection options analysis and evaluating need and cost for required system reinforcements.
  • Manage retained electrical engineering consultants for the production of relevant interconnection and electrical designs for the following components of renewable energy projects:
  • Metering, protection and control, SCADA and data management, medium voltage distribution and collection circuits, high voltage substation design, protection schemes, power factor correction and VAR support, and fault protection, and compliance with utility interconnection requirements.
  • Evaluate integrity of consultant's services; engage alternative and best-in-class service providers for consulting, technical solutions and assistance.
  • Evaluate, engage and manage Owner’s Engineer and Independent Engineer firms as required to support project development.  
  • Direct interface with equipment suppliers for the following types of activities
  • Interpretation and application of specifications.
  • Evaluate and recommend bids for technical compliance, solution integrity, cost, etc.
  • Develop bidding and technical specifications and testing requirements
  • Shop inspections for technical compliance.
  • Work with equipment suppliers to provide equipment dynamic models used for transient stability, voltage ride-through and frequency ride-through analysis by RTOs, utilities and consultants.
  • Research, inspect, understand and recommend application of emerging technologies as they may relate to, or benefit, the broader corporate mandate of regulated/non-regulated power generation asset development and growth.
  • Research and recommend cost and optimization benefits of emerging technologies.

Education and Experience

 

  • University degree in electrical engineering (Bachelor’s Degree or higher) or equivalent education/industry experience.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE/P.Eng.) preferred. 
  • The ideal candidate will have excellent leadership, project management, time management, and problem-solving skills with the following strengths and competencies:
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and make timely decisions. 
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, owner mindset. 
  • Effectively work and communicate with technical and non-technical team members and stakeholders. 
  • Work collaboratively within a team environment. 
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.

Our purpose is sustaining energy and water for life, and it is demonstrated in everything we do as a business and as an employee team.

 

Our Mission

We provide safe, secure, reliable, cost-effective and sustainable energy and water solutions. Our mission is how we create value as an organization—it is what drives us every day to fulfill our purpose.

 

Our Vision

We better the lives of our customers and communities. Our vision is what we see as possible. It's where we aspire to be, what we want to achieve and how we'll make an impact. It guides and keeps us on the right path as we work towards fulfilling our purposes.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Customer Centric
  • Integrity
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Teamwork
  • Owner mindset
  • Outcome focused
  • Continuous learning

What we offer 

Collaborative environment with a genuine flexible working policy

Share purchase/match plan

A defined contribution savings plan

Leadership Development Program

Volunteer paid days off

Employee Assistance Program

Achievement fund

Free parking, including free electrical charging

Group Benefit Plan

Variety of Health & Wellness programs

Discount and Perks program

 

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  If you are excited about this role and are not confident you meet all the qualification requirements, we encourage you to apply to investigate the opportunity further.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person's unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents.

Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all our employees and expect each of our employees to honour this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

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