NREL Offshore Wind Grid Integration Area Lead in Boulder, Colorado
Offshore Wind Grid Integration Area Lead
CO - Boulder
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL currently has an opening for a Senior Project Leader focused on the integration of offshore wind energy into the power system. The successful candidate will work within and across NREL, the Department of Energy (DOE), and an external stakeholder network that includes utilities, system operators, and consultants as well as academic and industry partners to lead and manage a portfolio of offshore wind power focused grid integration research. This position is located at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), part of the NREL Flatirons Campus near Boulder, Colorado.
More specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and managing new research projects focused on the integration of offshore wind power into the electricity system. This leadership position will work closely with multiple research centers within NREL to develop and execute activities that support grid integration projects. The position will require an understanding of broad industry needs, garnered through focused engagement, as well as the fostering of collaborations that lead to project proposals and the execution of funded research. The successful candidate will interface with the wind power community to coordinate research priorities and work with NREL management to build internal capabilities. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the dissemination of research results to industry stakeholders, decisionmakers, and the public.
The scope of the technical work to be overseen is expected to emphasize offshore wind and may include research related to long-term interconnection capacity and cost characterization, modeling regional transmission expansion requirements, assessments of the impacts and value of offshore wind to the grid network, power system production costs, evaluation of grid system innovations, and characterization of resource adequacy contributions as well as system reliability and resiliency at various of timescales. Although the position focus is on offshore wind, the successful candidate could potentially lead and manage similar research in distributed wind, land-based wind, and hybrid energy systems.
Developing, maintaining, and communicating current knowledge and understanding of U.S. industry progress and research needs in offshore wind grid integration
Planning and proposing collaborative offshore wind grid integration research across multiple groups inside of NREL as well as with DOE and external stakeholders
Coordinating and managing the execution of power system planning studies including but not limited to topics of reliability, resiliency, transmission utilization and expansion, interconnection, resource adequacy, system value and economic benefits calculations
Serving as a primary point of contact for offshore wind grid integration research at NREL with key research clients and sponsors, including the U.S. DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office
Working with teams and junior staff from around the laboratory to develop and execute power system models, conduct rigorous research, and publish results in written reports and spoken presentations
Partnering with internal and external groups and entities to enhance the value and impact of NREL research in offshore wind grid integration
Maintaining and developing research opportunities and partnerships for offshore wind grid integration research
Disseminating and publishing NREL research at conferences and technical meetings as well as in technical reports and in peer reviewed journals
Relevant PhD and 9 or more years of related experience.
Or, relevant Master's Degree and 12 or more years of related experience.
Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 14 or more years of related experience.
Additional Required Qualifications
Demonstrated knowledge in power systems operations and modeling
Prior experience working with power system utilities and system operators (ISO/RTOs)
Working knowledge of and expertise in U.S. offshore wind grid integration challenges and opportunities
Demonstrated leadership in working with cross-functional teams in large projects or programs.
Fluency in emerging approaches to renewable energy grid integration, including but not limited to system operations, forecasting, market design, planning methodologies, and grid reinforcement and expansion
Experience communicating complex technical information to a wide range of audiences.
Experience working directly with clients to understand their needs, translate needs into analytic projects, and execute on those projects
An advanced degree in electrical engineering or similar technical discipline applicable to power systems engineering, operations and modeling
Working knowledge of prior NREL grid integration research studies and capabilities
Demonstrated writing skills with publication track record
Proficiency in current US and global offshore wind technology and markets
Prior experience studying grid integration of other renewable energy technologies such as hydropower, land-based wind power, solar power, distributed generation, demand response, and energy storage
Current demonstrated offshore wind and renewables industry presence through speaking engagements, prior publications, and professional organization leadership
Prior experience working in a research organization
Excellent organizational, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to integrate project management across diverse projects and programs
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