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Colorado Springs Utilities Principal Electric Resource Planning Engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Principal Electric Resource Planning Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $124,461 to $152,118

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 10/27/21

Principal Electric Resource Planning Engineer

*This job is eligible for relocation assistance to aid with the costs associated with moving to the Colorado Springs area.

Who We Are...

Colorado Springs Utilities is a four-service municipal utility with a 100-year reputation for providing reliable water, wastewater, gas, and electric services to the Pikes Peak Region. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is recognized for providing the perfect blend of mountain and city living. Our company promotes a work culture dedicated to innovation and collaboration; encouraging our employees to provide safe, reliable, and competitively-priced energy for the generations to come.

Join us...

Our Energy Planning and Innovation team is hiring a Principal Electric Resource Planning Engineer to our team. In this position, you will be part of a highly skilled team of engineers responsible for developing and evaluating strategic integrated resource plans for electric, distributed energy resources, and gas supply and generation. You will have an impact on the future of our utility and the City of Colorado Springs as we work to build a sustainable tomorrow.

Key areas of focus:

  • Leading the development and evaluation of existing and future power generating resources, power plants, renewable energy, gas supply, and support the evaluation of demand-side management, distributed energy (including microgrid and battery energy storage systems), and conservation programs

  • Leading the development of integrated master and resource plans on a twenty to thirty-year planning horizon for multiple energy disciplines including gas and electric supply and generation

  • Overseeing and performing electric system capacity expansion and production cost studies using ABB Portfolio Optimization and Capacity Expansion software

  • Leading the development of system plans for the Bulk Electric System on the ten-year planning horizon

  • Initiate, plan, develop, and implement system resource adequacy by participating in the long-term, strategic Gas and Electric Integrated Resource Planning processes

  • Perform electric system capacity expansion and production cost studies and have the ability to effectively summarize key results of modeling runs.

  • Perform nodal, zonal, and stochastic modeling simulations.

  • Assist in the maintenance, development and implementation of load and resource optimization tools.

  • Lead/support our Electric strategic initiatives including Energy Markets and Transmission, Grid Modernization, Integrated Asset Management, Grid-Scale Distributed Energy and Storage, Sustainable Energy Plan, and Comprehensive Integrated Resources Plan.

  • Work with other departments including operations, demand-side management, energy supply, fuel supply, transmission, and finance to develop modeling assumptions and analytical methodology

  • Coordinate with outside consultants to develop necessary studies that will advance the transition toward cleaner energy

  • Incorporate public feedback through surveys, public forums, and town hall events into a long-term planning process

  • Participate in Regional Transmission Organization Workgroups and travel to meetings that affect transmission and distribution planning and cost allocation

  • Support and educate internal stakeholders including management, Compliance, Operations, and other departments on resource planning aspects and challenges

  • Participate in regional planning activities with external groups such as the Colorado Coordinated Planning Group (CCPG), WestConnect, and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Committees

  • Document study results in technical reports as well as prepare Request for Proposals

  • Support the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Plan (SEP) including supporting the integration of generation resources to achieve the goals of the Gas and Electric Integrated Resource Plans

  • Actively participate in the development and execution of the Energy Vision for Colorado Springs by working with stakeholders and providing technical expertise to develop strategic vision statements and objectives for the future of the energy services, while understanding and incorporating industry trends and customer expectations

  • Support legislative and regulatory efforts, as well as transmission tariff development, by providing subject matter expertise and/or policy analysis

  • Assist in developing our Electric Integrated Service Plan by incorporating the Electric Integrated Resource Plan, Electric system plans, facility plans, and O&M plans into a comprehensive service line plan that aligns with our enterprise Strategic Plan

Who you are…

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering is required; Electrical or Power Systems Engineering is preferred, but will we will consider related engineering disciplines supported by relevant experience

  • Seven or more years of post-graduation experience within the energy industry and the ability to perform complex analysis, planning, and design functions

  • Must have a sound understanding of the principles of electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and infrastructure is highly desirable.

  • Must be a strong team player who recognizes how their decisions may impact others and seeks input from other stakeholders across the organization.

  • Experience using modeling applications such as ABB Capacity Expansion & Portfolio Optimization or other production modeling tools.

Our Commitment…

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families, through our comprehensive benefits program.

  • Medical – Select from three medical plans including a Health Savings Account compatible plan

  • Voluntary Wellness Program – Earn incentives, gift cards, and gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two plans including orthodontia coverage

  • Vision Insurance – Voluntary plan covering a full range of vision care services

  • Health Savings Accounts – Tax-advantaged savings account used for healthcare expenses

  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Tax-advantaged spending accounts for healthcare and/or dependent daycare expenses

  • Disability Insurance –Short-Term and Long-Term coverage provides income replacement for illness or injury

  • Life Insurance – Term life coverage with the option to purchase supplemental coverage

  • Paid Time Off – vacation, personal leave, sick leave, holidays, jury and bereavement

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase additional vacation time

  • Pension – Colorado PERA retirement plan funded by both employees and the organization.

  • Retirement Saving Programs - Supplement your pension with PERA 401(k) or PERA Roth 401(k), ICMA Roth IRA, ICMA 457 or 457 Roth plan

  • Educational Assistance – Financial assistance for qualifying courses

  • Additional Benefits - Employee Assistance Program, and Long-Term Care Insurance

ATTENTION :

  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Have a question? If you have a question about a position or need assistance from a recruiter, email us at csurecruiting@csu.org or call 719-668-7500.

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

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