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Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. As one of the nationâ€™s greatest vacation destinations, Colorado boasts its breath-taking scenery, abundant recreation activities, and diverse populations. With the recent spotlight on energy in our country, energy careers are on the fast track.
The Energy Resource Planning Principal Engineer will perform long-term electric and natural gas resource planning for our municipally-owned utility. This position will offer you an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the energy industry by applying your expertise in the analysis of complex data and modeling to formulate recommendations in our Energy Acquisition Engineering & Planning Department.
Typical Responsibilities include:
Performing studies in integrated resource planning - demand and supply side
Conducting engineering-economic analyses, financial analyses and modeling
Analyzing and developing recommendations for long-term electricity and natural gas supply
Providing subject matter expertise in the negotiation of supply-side contracts, evaluating technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility of contracts and projects and developing, modifying and maintaining computer-based models
Independently designing, managing and completing large, complex engineering projects including developing project scope, budgets, estimating project costs, tracking changes and monitoring schedules
Performing strategic planning. Developing forecasts and performing short and long range planning. Preparing feasibility studies, including project scope, preliminary designs, estimates, investment and operation cost. Performing modeling and screening studies
Actively participating in the development and evaluation of existing and future power generating resources, power plants, renewable resources, demand-side management, and conservation programs
Providing expert technical guidance to other departments regarding design standards and approval of alternate methods and/or materials
Conducting, translating and overseeing planning and computer modeling work
Why should you apply? As a professional in this position, you will be performing highly specialized and expert engineering duties in the preparation, implementation, coordination, evaluation and analysis of critical engineering projects, studies, systems and functions. This position will also provide you the opportunity to apply your forecasting skills into all areas of energy resource planning.
What will it take to be successful in this position? While a Bachelor's degree in Engineering is required, we typically find a Master's degree (preferably in Power Generation or Electrical Engineering) and 10+ years of experience is needed to effectively apply the necessary level of skepticism and systemic thinking skills analyzing energy resource planning models.
What we are most interested in is a solid history of accomplishments in the following areas:
Success and accomplishments as a result of your expert knowledge related to energy transmission, distribution and generation
Excellence in energy modeling demonstrating your analytical skills and the ability to understand and integrate complex factors including: commodity pricing (coal and natural gas), energy trading, power generation, laws & regulations, and industry trends
Excellent analytical skills demonstrating the ability to apply the necessary level of skepticism in reviewing long-term planning models
Expertise using electric resource planning models - preferably Ventyx's Planning and Risk and/or System Optimizer software
An achievement-oriented self-starter with strong interpersonal, oral communication and public-speaking skills as you may have the opportunity to present before the Utilities Board and other public forums to address energy resource models and long term plans
NERC standards regulations
Expertise in financial modeling and calculations
What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer youâ€¦
As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity for our community
Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) and PERA retirement benefits
We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies
We have created an environment embracing teamwork and flexibility
Join a diverse team of high performers who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community and tap into the power of your potential!
Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer
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About Colorado Springs Utilities
Colorado Springs Utilities is a community-owned utility that provides reliable natural gas, electricity, water and wastewater services to customers in the Pikes Peak region.