Senior Utility Engineer (SPECIALIST), Distribution Planning and Energy Storage
CPUC ENERGY DIVISION
Location: Sacramento, California
Type: Full Time
Salary: $10,569.00 - $13,228.00
4 Year Degree
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: JC-361643
Would you like to contribute to achieving the state’s ambitious and internationally recognized clean energy and environmental goals? The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is leading California’s efforts to achieve a 100 percent clean energy future by 2045. The Grid Planning Energy Storage, and Non-Wires Alternatives (GPSNWA) Section of the CPUC's Energy Division develops and oversees programs and policies to modernize the distribution electric grid to maximize the value of distributed energy resources while maintaining safe, reliable, and affordable electric service and meeting the state's ambitious climate and energy goals. The GPSNWA Section is in search of dynamic, creative team members to lead implementation of critical state policy development and research on distribution grid planning, distributed energy resource integration, grid modernization, electrification infrastructure planning, and grid service market development. The GPSNWA section values strong analytical skills and seek individuals that have experience and interest in data driven policy and applying electrical engineering skills to decarbonization problem solving. If energy or environmental sustainability is your passion, and you endeavor to contribute to California’s clean energy future, we encourage you to apply for our positions.
Under general direction of the Project and Program Supervisor, the Senior Utilities Engineer (SUE) will support the Grid Planning, Energy Storage, and Non-Wires Alternatives (GPSNWA) section in the development of work products that are used to advise and assist high-level decision-makers such as Commissioners, Judges, and Energy Division management. The incumbent will have lead and team level responsibility for oversight of utility distribution planning, distributed energy resource (DER) integration, electrification grid impact analysis, grid modernization, smart inverter operationalization, managing support contractors, and leading policy development for these areas. The incumbent may also be responsible for representing the Division in California Independent System Operator (CAISO) or California Energy Commission (CEC) stakeholder processes where distribution planning issues are relevant. The incumbent may also be responsible for leading and/or supporting investigation and research of alternative models of distribution system operator roles, responsibilities and functions that best enables swift evolution of grid capabilities and operations to integrate higher levels of DER to meet the State’s 100 percent clean energy goals.
The SUE will analyze data to determine if policy objectives have been met. The SUE will make recommendations based on independent analysis of regulatory, policy, and technical issues. The SUE will develop tools and solutions for the CPUC’s policy-setting rulemakings via a wide range of work products, review and provide feedback on proposed legislative bills, and/or work with a team that oversees implementation of programs that result from these CPUC and legislative processes. The SUE will perform other work as necessary, such as writing and presenting reports, coordinating with other California organizations and agencies (e.g., the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, California Independent System Operator), and responding to outside inquiries.