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Colorado Springs Utilities Principal Engineer - Resource, Transmission and Distribution Planning in Colorado Springs, Colorado

**Principal Engineer

Resource, Transmission and Distribution Planning**

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $115,000 to $140,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 3/7/21

Principal Engineer – Resource, Transmission and Distribution Planning

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

Colorado Springs Utilities is actively seeking a talented individual who will offer expertise in the areas of energy resource planning and electric transmission & distribution planning. As the Resource, Transmission and Distribution Planning Engineer, you will be part of a highly-skilled professional team in the Energy Planning and Innovation section which is comprised of engineers responsible for integrated resource planning of the electric and gas systems which each serve over 200,000 customers. You will be responsible for the long-term planning of the electric transmission & distribution systems which comprise more than 3500 miles of conductors. Our mission is to strategically and collaboratively plan the future of safe, reliable, and competitively-priced energy for the citizen owners and customers of Colorado Springs Utilities.

Key areas of focus:

  • 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

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

  • Develop the long-term Electric Transmission System Plan and Distribution System Plan to replace or upgrade system infrastructure, construct facilities to serve new customer loads, and to enhance the physical security of facilities as appropriate

  • Perform short and long-term transmission and distribution power flow, transfer capability, voltage and dynamic stability, and post-transient analyses studies

  • Work closely with transmission and distribution operators to ensure reliable operation of the grid developing solutions for operational problems such as voltage, overload, congestion management, etc.

  • Maintain and review NERC Operations and Planning Standards documentation for audit preparation, while also providing insight and input on future NERC requirements at the developmental stage

  • Provide design review on new distribution, transmission, and generation (conventional and/or renewable) projects. Integrate new and modified generation/substation configurations within and external to Springs Utilities. Provide technical expertise for associated metering systems and SCADA/AGC interface.

  • Identify areas requiring upgrades for capacity and voltage control

  • Ensure the safety and reliability of the bulk power system by developing and applying policies and procedures which comply with and supplement NERC reliability standards

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

  • Evaluate new facility requirements and their impacts associated with new loads, generator interconnections, and power transfer capabilities

  • Support and educate internal stakeholders including management, Compliance, Operations, and other departments on the Bulk Electric System and distribution system concerns and complexities

  • 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

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to improve forecasting methodologies as well as prepare for potential new large customers with specialized loads like data centers

  • 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

  • Support the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Plan 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

Why should you apply? This is an exciting new position providing an opportunity for multidisciplinary growth within a growth-minded, supportive Engineering team. A variety of projects will provide new experiences from year to year as this position will be involved in many projects from start to finish. As an integral member of the Energy Planning and Innovation team, you will have an opportunity to advance your professional career as you demonstrate your expertise within our organization. You will have the opportunity to work with a very dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about their service to our community. Additionally, we offer a work environment where work-life balance is realized.

What will it take to be successful in this position? A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering is required for this position. Candidates should possess either Resource or Transmission/Distribution Planning experience. On-the-job training will be provided for additional skillsets needed. The ideal candidates will offer seven or more years of post-graduation experience within the energy industry or directly relevant field and have the ability to perform complex analysis, planning, and design functions. Experience using modeling applications such as ABB Capacity Expansion & Portfolio Optimization, Siemens PSS®E, Synergi Electric and/or ASPEN is desired.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you

Colorado Springs Utilities cultivates a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and synergy. Our employees know they make a difference every day by providing critical services to the public while living and working in a city consistently rated as one of the best in the United States. We utilize today’s talent to build a better tomorrow. Be part of history by creating energy solutions for a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

Colorado Springs Utilities offers a comprehensive benefits program to help you and your family protect your health and financial security.

  • 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


  • Colorado Springs Utilities is considered an essential business delivering critical services to our community. During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are hiring for a variety of positions. Interviews for many positions will leverage remote technology solutions, including the enhanced use of email, telephone, and video solutions where possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

  • All postings will close at 11:59 pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled .

  • 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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Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support