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Colorado Springs Utilities Resource and Transmission Planning Engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Resource and Transmission Planning Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $91,500 to $128,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 12/1/20

Resource and Transmission Planning Engineer

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking a talented individual offering expertise in the areas of energy resource planning and electric transmission planning to join our team. The Resource and Transmission Planning Engineers are part of a highly-skilled professional team in the System Planning and Projects Division, reporting to the Manager of Energy Planning and Innovation. Our team is comprised of engineers responsible for integrated resource planning of the electric and gas systems which each serve over 200,000 customers and growing. We are responsible for short and long-term planning of the electric transmission system which comprises more than 230 miles of 115kV and 230kV transmission lines.

Our team’s mission is to strategically and collaboratively plan the future of safe, reliable and, competitively-priced energy for the citizens and customers of Colorado Springs Utilities. Join us in helping plan the energy future for Colorado Springs; a city consistently recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.

As a Resource and Transmission Planning Engineer you will:

  • Lead the development and evaluation of existing and future power generating resources, power plants, renewable energy, gas supply, demand-side management, distributed energy, and conservation programsLead 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

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

  • Support the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Plan to achieve the goals of the Gas andElectric Integrated Resource Plans

  • Provide the business case and alternatives analysis with cost-benefit and risk evaluation for future projects

  • Prepare Request for Proposals, Statements of Work and guiding/leading consultants for projects like Renewable integration studies, planning reserve margin analysis, and transmission studies for NERC compliance

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

  • Perform all short and long-term transmissionpower flow, transfer capability, voltage and dynamic stability and post-transient analysesstudies

  • Develop the long-term Electric Transmission 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

  • Provide design review on new 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

  • Work with distribution planning groups to identify areas requiring upgrades for capacity and voltage control

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

  • Work with the reliability coordinator and neighboring utilities to produce and validate power flow models for use in the operating horizon

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

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

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

  • Document study results in technical reports and system plans

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

  • Provide on-call support to system operators and respond to real-time system events which may include non-standard hours

Why should you apply? This is an exciting position providing an opportunity for multidisciplinary growth within a innovative-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 in 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?

This position will be filled at either theSenior Project Engineer (IV) or Project Engineer (III) level, as business needs dictate. Well qualified candidates will offer experience, skills and abilities in the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering is required (typically Electrical or Mechanical).

  • Resource and/or Transmission Planning experience is required. On-the-job training will be provided for additional skill-sets needed.

  • Qualified candidates will offer at least five years 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 Planning & Risk and System Optimizer, Siemens PSS®E and/or ASPEN is desired.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you...

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity to our community.

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

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.

ATTENTION: 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, to include 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 11:59pm 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 .

Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate. In addition to a competitive wage, Colorado Springs Utilities offers a variety of benefits. For more information on our benefits, visit

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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Colorado Springs Utilities does not participate in work visa programs or sponsorship of 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 on a permanent basis

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support