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Senior Electrical Engineer

 

Our vision is to be the utility company most admired by customers, communities and investors for our people, passion and performance.

Purpose

Responsible for providing primary technical guidance and support to the ongoing utility interconnection and high voltage design work currently underway on various renewable energy projects with the Business Development group at Algonquin. 

Accountabilities

Engineering support

Provide engineering support for the ongoing development of utility interconnection schemes for renewable energy projects (wind and solar) currently underway.  This work will involve the following types of tasks:

  • Direct interface with the interconnected utility in terms of design and technical standards,
  • Obtain, review, understand and assimilate various interconnection codes (distribution and transmission), standards, specifications, guidelines, regulations and rules.  These may be published by transmission or distribution companies or independent system operators (ISO’s)
  • Work with and supervise directly the work of retained electrical engineering consultants, regarding circuit design and study scope and results (grounding, protection, load-flow, fault levels, harmonics, etc.)
  • Attend meetings with utility representatives during development of interconnection schemes and studies
  • Participate in preparation of technical exhibits for equipment supply and EPC contracts
  • Manage development of initial electrical design for renewable energy projects including collector system design, substation design, protection and control, SCADA and communications

Over-sight of retained electrical engineering consultants

  • Provide over-sight of retained electrical engineering consultants for the production of relevant electrical studies and design packages for the following components of renewable energy projects:
  • Initial/conceptual electrical design (single line)
  • Interconnection requests for submission to ISO/RTO's
  • Evaluation of ability to meet interconnection standards (eg. reactive power, voltage control, frequency control).
  • Evaluation of transmission system interconnection capacity for potential renewable projects
  • Evaluation of congestion and curtailment risk (SCED analysis)
Accountabilities

Interconnection Strategy

  • Provide strategy input for future projects with respect to interconnection challenges & solutions.
  • Research markets and 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.

Technology Providers

Direct interface with equipment suppliers for the following types of activities:

  • Interpretation and application of specifications
  • Review of bids for technical compliance
  • Request for Information management during bidding cycles
  • Shop inspections for technical compliance

Emerging Technologies

  • 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.
  • Emerging technologies will involve telemetry and communications, power electronic-based DC/AC conversion, reactive power generation and compensation, and ancillary products and system benefits such as low or zero voltage ride through, primary frequency response, black-start features, etc.
  • Research and recommend cost and optimization benefits of emerging technologies
Education and Experience

• University degree in electrical engineering or equivalent education/industry experience.

• Minimum 5 years progressive experience in power and controls, preferably in the power generation industry.

• Candidates with direct experience/working knowledge in the following areas are preferred:

  • Generator interconnection process in North America (PJM, MISO, NYISO, NEISO, SPP, CAISO, ERCOT, IESO, AESO)
  • Powerflow analysis for Available Transfer Capability and Generator Deliverability
  • Security Constrained Economic Dispatch
  • High voltage substation design: 120 kV to 500 kV, including large power transformer and major electrical equipment specification
  • Power generation development: hydro, wind, solar, battery storage
  • Experience with emerging power generation technologies; full DC/AC power electronics, reactive power control, digital telemetry and control technologies, advanced digital system modelling, etc.

• Preference will be given to candidates who hold or are eligible to obtain an Ontario Professional Engineering license or other Canadian province or U.S. state equivalent.

• Strong communication skills (written and oral)

Who we are

We know that the services we provide directly affect and are essential to our customers’ quality of life and wellbeing. From homes to hospitals, elder-care facilities to elementary schools, our customers depend on our ability to continue to provide safe and reliable energy and water services. For more than 30 years, Liberty has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering clean energy and water solutions. Our rapid growth has led both our renewable energy and regulated utility services into different geographies and commodities, but our purpose remains unchanged – Sustaining Energy and Water for Life.

Today, Liberty provides regulated water, electricity, and natural gas utility services to over 807,000 customers in the United States and Canada. And, our growing portfolio of clean, renewable wind, solar, hydro and thermal power generation facilities represents over 2 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity and more than 1.6 GW of renewable energy projects under construction.

Through embedding sustainability in our day-to-day business decisions and putting our customers first in all that we do, we know that we can do well by doing good. We recognize that we have a role to play in leading the energy transition towards greener solutions for our customers and communities. And, our recent recognition in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and as one of the Top 10 of Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World ranking are testaments to our work in sustainability.

About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp:

Liberty is a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (“Algonquin”). Algonquin is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $11 billion of total assets. Common shares, preferred shares, and installment receipts are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN, AQN.PR.A, AQN.PR.D, and AQN.IR.  APUC's common shares are also listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AQN. 

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What we offer

  • Collaborative environment with a genuine flexible working policy

  • Share purchase/match plan

  • Pension Plan

  • Free refreshments

  • Top Talent Program

  • Volunteer paid days off

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Achievement fund

  • Free parking, including free electrical charging

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

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 of our employees and expect each of our employees to honor this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the Talent Acquisition Team.

 

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