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Engineer - Rhode Island Energy

Company: PPL Corporation
Location: Providence
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

Company Summary Statement : Rhode Island Energy provides essential energy services to over 770,000 customers across Rhode Island through the delivery of electricity or natural gas. Our team is dedicated to helping Rhode Island customers and communities thrive while supporting the transition to a cleaner energy future. Rhode Island Energy is part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies addressing energy challenges head-on by building smarter, more resilient, and more dynamic power grids and advancing sustainable energy solutions. PPL is a positive force in the cities and towns where we do business, providing support for programs and organizations that empower the success of future generations by helping to build and maintain strong, diverse communities today. Overview:

As an Engineer in Distribution Planning and Asset Management you will provide technical expertise to ensure safety, efficiency and reliability within the electric system at our Providence, RI location.

Distribution Planning & Asset Management long-term planning objectives include,compliance with:
Loading criteria
Voltage criteria
Protection/coordination/fault current criteria
Reliability criteria
Asset condition evaluations
Arc flash evaluations
Reactive power flow evaluation
Distributed and renewable generation considerations
Electric vehicle considerations
Heating electrification considerations
Draft technical area studies and program documentation covering the analysis above.
Integrated Distribution Planning
Assist development of new evaluation methods for distributed generation (including solar, wind and battery storage) to improve the study process.
Assist development of resiliency evaluation methods to incorporate climate change impacts into the study process above.
Assist development of community engagement process to better align the forecast inputs of the study process with community long-term planning.
Grid Modernization
Assist development of grid modernization analysis methods to determine the sensing, data, and dispatch requirements.
Assist with implementation of grid modernization initiatives such as volt-var optimization (VVO), fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR), and implementation of a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS).

Key Accountabilities

Conduct multi-year engineering studies, analysis, and investigations, under supervision, to determine issues associated with the existing and future electric system and recommend corrective actions to prevent problems.
Independently gather, model, and analyze data using pre-determined tools to perform the engineering studies.
Plan, organize, and execute the engineering studies efficiently and in line with relevant policies and processes.
During the studies, communicate with internal and external stakeholders to provide status, preliminary findings, and final results.
Participate in department reviews to improve modeling and analysis techniques for all criteria and evaluations, particularly in relation to renewable generation, energy storage, distributed energy resources, and resiliency.
Support government and regulatory data requests and filings, particularly in relation to grid modernization and integrated planning as it relates to jurisdictional climate policy goals.

Specific engineering areas of key accountabilities for the role

Prepare/develop protection models using ASPEN or CAPE software.
Analyze/recommend protective device coordination and equipment interrupting ratings.
Analyze grounding, anti-islanding, fault sensitivity, and transient conditions for interconnections.
Prepare/develop three-phase balanced load flow models using PSSE software.
Prepare/develop unbalanced three-phase radial distribution models using CYME software.
Develop preliminary cost estimates of alternatives.
Oversee contractor resources performing studies.
Initiate requests for project funding.
Provide engineering support to Electric Operations.

Additional Accountabilities

Provide storm restoration support during major storm events. Storm support can and often requires off-hour and weekend response.

Candidate Qualifications

Candidates must meet the basic qualifications and pass all required tests or assessments to receive consideration. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.

Basic Qualifications

Engineering Degree earned from an ABET accredited school and 2 years of related experience in an entry-level position is preferred, or equivalent work experience.
Electrical Engineer preferred.
Working towards/holder of the Registered Professional Engineering License.
Knowledge and experience in an electrical engineering environment, preferably a utility.
Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work in a matrix management environment.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of distribution line design, substation design and protection, controls & integration, and metering schemes.

This role be filled based on the successful candidate's qualifications, background and experience.


Bachelor's Degree in engineering or engineering technology from a college or university. Discipline required will vary by the specific job requirements.

Support Engineer

Bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering technology discipline. In lieu of degree, applicants who have PE license in the state of Rhode Island will be considered.
Minimum of 2 years of related experience.

Senior Engineer

Bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering technology discipline. In lieu of degree, applicants who have PE license in the state of Rhode Island will be considered.
Minimum of 5 years of related experience.
Working knowledge of regulatory requirements and industry standards for the specific position.

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