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Senior Manager- Electrical Engineering
Title:Senior Manager- Electrical Engineering
Subsidiary:Liberty Power (formerly Algonquin Power)
Department:Engineering & Technical Services
Location:Oakville, ON
Zip/Postal Code:L6J 2X1

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $10+ billion of total assets. (APUC) delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable energy development projects, organic growth within its regulated distribution and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions.

The distribution business group (Liberty Utilities) provides rate regulated water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 750,000+ customers in the United States. The transmission business group invests in rate regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the United States and Canada.

The generation business group (Liberty Power, formerly known as Algonquin Power) owns a portfolio of regulated and long term contracted North American based wind, solar, hydroelectric and thermal powered generating facilities representing more than 1.5+ GW of installed capacity.

Our vision is to be the utility company most admired by customers, communities and investors for our people, passion and performance.

Mandate: This position is responsible for providing interconnection solutions for the company’s leading renewable power generation capital projects. These solutions include all ISO and utility interconnection strategy and implementation, as well as power generation- to utility interface design.

Job Functions:

  • Manage the utility interconnection engineering cycle for renewable energy projects (wind, solar, storage, thermal, hydroelectric) currently underway, involving the following:
  • Direct interface with the interconnected utility in terms of design and technical standards,
  • Obtain, review, understand and assimilate various interconnection codes (distribution and transmission), standards, specifications, guidelines, regulations and rules. These may be published by transmission or distribution companies or independent system operators ( ISO’s)
  • Work with and supervise directly the work of retained electrical engineering consultants, regarding circuit design and study scope and results (grounding, protection, load-flow, fault levels, harmonics, etc.)
  • Attend meetings with utility representatives during development of interconnection schemes and studies.
  • Manage retained electrical engineering consultants for the production of relevant interconnection and electrical designs for the following components of renewable energy products
  • Metering, Protection and Control, SCADA and data management, medium voltage distribution and collection circuits, Voltage transformation and protection schemes, power factor correction and VAR support, switchgear and fault protection and utility interconnection.
  • Evaluate integrity of Consultants services, engage alternative and best in class service providers for consulting, technical solutions and assistance.
  • Provide strategy input for future projects with respect to interconnection challenges and solutions.
  • Research market and ISO’s, both in North America and internationally, with regards to interconnection rules and strategies, market maturity, applicable tariffs and regulations, transmission option, market congestion, constraints and curtailment operations etc.
  • Direct interface with equipment suppliers for the following types of activities: 
  • Interpretation and application of specifications
  • Evaluate and recommend bids for technical compliance, solution integrity, cost, etc.
  • Develop bidding and technical specifications and testing requirements
  • Shop inspections for technical compliance
  • Research, inspect, understand and recommend application of emerging technologies as they may relate to, or benefit, the broader corporate mandate of regulated/non-regulated power generation asset development and growth.
  • Emerging technologies will involve telemetry and communication, power electronic- based DC/AC conversion, reactive power generation and compensation, and ancillary products and systems benefits such as low or zero voltage ride through, primary frequency response, black start features, etc.
  • Research and recommend cost and optimization benefits of emerging technologies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a University degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Must hold an Ontario or other Canadian or US Professional Engineering license.
  • Must have a minimum of 10 years progressive experience in power generation and utility interconnection engineering, specifically in the power generation industry.
  • Experience or working knowledge in the following areas are preferred:
  • High voltage interconnections up to 345kV
  • Power generation, hydro, wind, solar
  • Experience in multiple North American jurisdictions, market rules, and interconnection tariffs
  • Experience in emerging power generation technologies, full DC/AC power electronics, reactive power control, digital telemetry and control technologies, advanced digital system modeling etc.
  • Must have strong written and oral communications skills.

As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the Talent Acquisition consultant.

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