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Avangrid Senior Engineer- Planning Innovation & Development in Rochester, New York

Senior Engineer- Planning Innovation & Development



Rochester, NY, US

Company Company

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $39 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies - a list of America's best corporate citizens - and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit (

Job Summary

Location:Orange, CT, Augusta, ME, Binghamton, NY or Rochester, NY

Support the development and implementation of the Company's initiatives with respect to innovation and implementation of grid modernization technologies that enhance electric distribution system planning across the AVANGRID Networks service territory.

Collaborate with various teams within AVANGRID and globally as well as perform research related to innovative tools and emerging technologies to assess the relevance and benefit to Distribution Planning and the Company’s grid modernization initiatives. Participate and support the review and evaluation of different alternatives through the competitive procurement process.

Support all phases of project implementation including technology review and selection; defining project budget, scope and schedule; preparing project justification for budgetary approval; internal and external reporting and tracking; and continuous stakeholder engagement.


Support the short- and long-range plans to meet Distribution Planning and grid modernization needs including, but not limited to DER & Load Forecasting, beneficial electrification (transportation and heating) impacts, distribution automation, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and battery storage. Facilitates the implementation of new tools and technologies to enhance Distribution Planning and Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) analyses. Support the proactive planning activities utilizing advanced planning tools; improving advanced load flow system planning modeling and forecasting tools; Volt VAR optimization; and technologies designed to increase system hosting capacity; and other improvements to enhance the Company's capabilities with respect to grid modernization.

Requires extensive knowledge of power system engineering, the distribution system, distribution planning processes, tools and analyses such as power flow, voltage regulation, power factor, capacity planning during normal and contingency system configurations, DER distribution system interconnections, reliability and resiliency concepts.

Develop thorough understanding and application of Distribution Planning tools used in day-to-day basis such as GIS (SMWeb, SmartMap), SAP, Load Data systems, etc.

Mentor new engineers and support the team to aid in the advancement of business needs. Manages contracted external resources as needed.

Collaborate and interact with internal teams and industry peers on regional and divisional activities.

Assist during storm restoration efforts.


Skills and Requirements

Education & Experience Requirements:

BSEE required, candidates from other engineering disciplines may be considered depending on relevant work experience

5+ years of experience (Industry Related)

Technical Skills and Requirements

The following skills and associated competency levels are desired of those candidates seeking a position in Distribution Planning. However, offsetting industry and other relevant technical skills will be considered for candidates without previous experience in these Distribution Planning activities (e.g. T&D Engineering, P&C, etc.).

Technical Skills/Competencies

• Theoretical Engineering knowledge: Planning, Operations and Engineering Design, Analytics, Modeling & Calculation (e.g. sym. Components, per unit, etc.), Understanding the Business Model

- Competent/Advanced

• Practical Engineering Experience/Application: Planning, Operations and Engineering Design, Construction, (e.g. field experience, standardization, develop business case and defend in front of stakeholders)

- Competent/Advanced

• Engineering documentation: Ability to adequately document and interpret engineering documentation, review and approve engineering work done by others

- Competent

• Knowledge of Regulatory and Compliance Environment: Local, State and Federal Regulatory Standards and Requirements (NERC, NPCC, ISO, PUC, etc.)

- Competent

Functional Job Specific Competencies

  1. Power System Studies - Knowledge & Interpretation of Study Assumptions and Results: (e.g. Comprehensive Area Studies, Power Flow, DER, Voltage, Contingency, phase imbalance, Power Factor correction, Short Circuit, reliability, resiliency, Capacity, distribution automation, etc.)

- Competent

  1. Software Proficiency - Power System Analytics: (e.g. CYME, PSSE, ASPEN, etc.)

- Advanced


  • Develop Self & Others

  • Empower to grow

  • Collaborate and Share

  • Be a role model

  • Focus to achieve results

  • Be agile

  • Technical Skills

    Avangrid employees may be assigned a system emergency role and in the event of a system emergency, may be required to work outside of their regular schedule/job duties. This is applicable to employees that will work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York within AVANGRD Network and Corporate functions. This does not include those that will work for Avangrid Renewables

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