IREC is in search of an ambitious, self-motivated and self-directed Program Engineer to support our state and national engagement and leadership on distributed energy resource policies. This position will provide support for and report to IREC’s Regulatory Director and will interface with IREC’s regulatory team of attorneys, as well as IREC’s Senior Management.
IREC is seeking an engineer (electrical or mechanical) who is familiar with electricity distribution systems, utility electricity engineering and able to provide technical expertise to support IREC’s Regulatory Program efforts outlined herein. These efforts support IREC’s mission to enable significantly higher penetrations of distributed energy resources (DERs), increase consumer access to clean energy, and expedite the transition to a more modern, low-carbon electricity grid. IREC’s regulatory engagement is focused on achieving the following objectives:
- Increase the number of states with advanced/reformed policies to ease integration of higher penetrations of DERs and the creation of a more modern grid.
- Identify and facilitate the adoption of meaningful reforms to distribution system planning, interconnection procedures, and other grid policies to enable higher penetrations of DERs in leading clean energy markets.
The Program Engineer will excel at distribution engineering technical matters, be familiar with regulatory and policy matters impacting distributed generation, and be adept at writing and communicating technical concepts to diverse audiences, particularly policy audiences. This position will entail coordination with diverse partners, tracking multiple regulatory issues, project management and execution of deliverables in a timely and efficient manner. The Program Engineer will also contribute thought-leadership and insight on the technical aspects of regulatory policies that will help remove barriers to distributed energy resources and support the implementation of IREC’s regulatory strategy. Lastly, as needed, the Program Engineer will provide additional programmatic support for related Regulatory Program grants and initiatives.
Under the direction of IREC’s Regulatory Program Director and Senior Management, and in coordination with IREC’s legal team, the Program Engineer will:
- Provide guidance, insight, and pertinent information to help inform IREC’s regulatory engagement in state interconnection, grid modernization and relevant proceedings in (e.g., California, New York, Minnesota, Maryland, Massachusetts, others). This may include drafting and/or reviewing regulatory comments relating to certain technical elements under consideration.
- Provide expert analysis of proposed technical standards for the interconnection of distributed energy resources. This will include the technical screening and study process for proposed interconnections, implementation of smart inverter settings, evaluation of proposed mitigations and grid upgrades for distributed projects and other related topics.
- Provide review of and input on technical and policy matters related to utilities’ hosting capacity methodologies to enable the interconnection of, and planning for, distributed energy resources in the aforementioned state proceedings.
- Identify and ask the appropriate questions and/or data requests of the utilities to better understand their hosting capacity methodologies and approaches, including how they intersect with other distribution planning and interconnection methodologies and/or protocols.
- Participate in regulatory meetings, workshops, phone calls and/or other forums to represent IREC’s mission. Part of this participation may entail negotiations with utilities and other involved regulatory stakeholders, with the aim of achieving consensus-based solutions.
- Assist IREC in its efforts to make and/or submit compelling arguments to achieve IREC’s identified objectives in the proceeding.
- Interface with state public commission staff, utility engineers and personnel, distributed energy resources companies and advocates, technical standards and research organizations such as IEEE and EPRI and other key stakeholders.
- Respond to specific inquiries and/or technical questions that might arise in workshops, technical conferences, and/or in response to comments submitted in the proceedings.
- Coordinate and communicate with IREC’s team of attorneys, engineers, and other experts to support their successful engagement in state regulatory proceedings.
- Support the development of key Regulatory Program reports, publications, and other public tools.
- Work with and communicate regularly with IREC’s diverse partners and stakeholders to build and nurture key relationships.
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
Applicants should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or above in electrical or mechanical engineering. Candidates should have at least 7 years of relevant work experience, including experience working with or for utilities in a distribution engineering role. Candidates should possess: strong research and analytic skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate clearly with regulatory and policy audiences; ability to work independently and with diverse teams; self-directed, organized, and motivated; strong understanding and knowledge of distribution engineering, electricity markets, regulations, and key policies impacting distributed energy resource markets, including: interconnection standards, community/shared solar, energy storage, grid modernization, grid integration, and other relevant regulatory issues.
Applicants should be proficient in Word, Excel and Power Point.
This position will be half-time.
IREC is a “virtual” organization (staff and contractors work remotely) and candidates will be expected to have access to a home office, including access to a reliable phone and computer. IREC provides a modest stipend for home office expenses. IREC employees receive paid holidays and personal time off days. Salary commensurate with experience and training.
IREC is an equal opportunity employer.
Applicants from all locations will be given consideration, but candidates should be prepared and able to travel to meetings, workshops and related events across the United States.
Submit resume, cover letter, professional writing sample, references and relevant example of engineering work or research via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 21, 2017.
Please no phone calls or submissions via post mail.
IREC increases access to sustainable energy and energy efficiency through independent fact-based policy leadership, quality workforce development and consumer empowerment. IREC’s vision is a world powered by clean sustainable energy where society’s interests are valued and protected.
Grounded in the latest research and objective analysis, IREC’s Regulatory Program aims to increase adoption of policies and regulatory reforms that expand access to and streamline grid integration of distributed energy resources to optimize their widespread benefits.
Since 1982, IREC has established itself as a leading national 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit organization. Through collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholders, IREC seeks to build consensus and achieve workable solutions to create a sustainable and economically strong clean energy future.