Colorado Springs Utilities Principal Energy Resource Planning Engineer in United States

Principal Energy Resource Planning Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $120,000 to $145,000

Location LYSC

Posting Close Date

Principal Energy Resource Planning Engineer

Colorado Springs Utilities is actively seeking a talented individual offering expertise in the area of energy resource planning to join our team.

The Principal Energy Resource Planning Engineer is part of a highly skilled professional team in the Energy Acquisition, Engineering and Planning Department and reports to the Manager of Energy Planning. The team is comprised of engineers responsible for integrated resource planning of the electric and gas systems which each serve over 200,000 customers and are growing. The team is also responsible for long-term planning of the electric transmission system which comprises more than 230 miles of 115kV and 230kV transmission lines. The team 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. Be a part of a team that is literally planning the energy future for Colorado Springs, just recognized as the most desirable place to live by U.S. News & World Report.

In this position, you will be working with a team responsible for:

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

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

  • Documenting study results in technical reports and system plans

  • Preparing 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

  • Collaborating with Distribution and Smart Grid Planners to improve forecasting methodologies as well as preparing for potential new large customers with specialized loads like data centers or cryptocurrency miners

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

  • Overseeing and performing power flow, transfer capability, voltage and dynamic stability studies using Siemens PSS®E and short circuit studies using ASPEN

  • Participating in workgroups and traveling to meetings that affect transmission planning and cost allocation

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

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

Why should you apply? This exciting position provides opportunity for multidisciplinary growth within a growth-minded, supportive Engineering team. A variety of projects will provide new experiences from year to year as these positions will be involved in many projects from start to finish. As an integral member of the Energy Planning 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? A Bachelor's degree in Engineering is required for this position. Candidates should possess Resource Planning experience. On-the-job training will be provided for additional skillsets needed. The ideal candidates will offer ten 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 Planning & Risk and System Optimizer 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.

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.

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 sponsor work visas. All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support