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Arizona Public Service Energy Innovation Advisor in United States


The Energy Innovation Advisor is responsiblefor providing technical consultation and expertise for key customer and utility-scale initiatives, projects, and programs. Develops and maintains technical expertise on a wide breadth of emerging and operational technologies and acts as leader on major projects and programs, coordinating and managing activities across multiple business units to extract the highest value. Leads teams of Project Managers, Consultants and Analysts to review and execute project deliverables. Develops and delivers high level briefings and presentations to executive leadership committees including providing expert recommendations on best courses of action. Develops relationships with key stakeholders both internally and externally. Reports to senior management on program and project status and provides advice on critical issues and opportunities. Provides technical consultation and expertise in the domain of on-site, distributed energy resources such as Microgrids and Energy Storage. Participates in, and contributes to, recognized industry and/or professional organizations including local, national and international standards bodies.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors' degree in Engineering, Science, Information Technology or related field and 12 years of prior relevant experience in the power or technology sector with an understanding of regulatory, technical and business issues impacting the industry with emphasis on renewables, distributed energy or grid technologies. In lieu of Bachelor's degree, High School/GED plus 16 years directly related experience in the power or technology sector with an understanding of regulatory, technical and business issues impacting the industry with emphasis on renewables, distributed energy and grid technologies.

  • Experience building complete and complex business cases with multiple options using research and analysis.

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of emerging energy technologies and related business models, such as solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, energy management software platforms, etc.

  • In-depth knowledge of energy issues, technologies, markets, the electric utility industry, and relevant state and federal requirements.

  • Strong background in R&D, innovation, creation of pilot and proof of concept programs, measurement, and strategic thinking. Able to clearly articulate a vision and maturation path for a broad area of technology focus.

Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in Engineering, Science, Finance, Business or related field (Masters or PhD).

  • Membership in recognized industry and/or professional organizations. Safety codes and standards a plus.

  • Capable of developing state-of-the-art solution(s) to challenging and complex problems, meeting aggressive time schedules and supporting multi-discipline teams.

  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated ability to research initiatives and stay current with industry trends & developments.

  • Ability to develop emerging technologies to deliver the business strategy and customer solutions, analyze emerging technologies and make appropriate recommendations.

  • Ability to inform and influence key internal and external decision makers up to the CEO.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and ability to convey complex/technical content in a coherent and compelling story for audiences with varying levels of technical knowledge and exert influence.

  • Ability to establish relationships with multiple technology teams and provide subject-matter expertise and advice relevant to specific business needs.

  • Utility scale controls development and integration experience for new and existing projects and requisite testing

Major Accountabilities 1. Consult and provide expert advice on highly complex and unique technical issues which lack technical or engineering precedent and require the application of advanced engineering principles.

  1. Research and identify emerging and innovative technology solutions to support key customer and utility-focused business initiatives. Develop and manage the programmatic aspects for related programs such as Energy Storage and Microgrids.

  2. Develop and evaluate Point of Concept (POC) test plans and use cases to ensure full integration of resources into program platforms. Review and oversee execution of technical requirements as needed throughout the project life cycle.

  3. Provide oversight and direction to the teams performing research, testing and analysis related to emerging technologies and impact to business.

  4. Prepare objective reports and quarterly metrics tracking the current and potential cost of utility scale distributed vs. centralized generation technologies. Through continuous learning, stay abreast of trends (technical, market, regulatory and political) and utilize this knowledge in order to maximize corporate benefits and minimize negative impacts.

  5. Resolve complex project issues with departmental staff, other departments, executive management, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders to meet project requirements.

  6. Develop and maintain vender relationships with key local and state Energy Innovation stakeholders.

  7. Prepare publications and/or papers for industry periodicals, meetings and/or conferences. Participate, as Company representative in various forums, committees and working groups dealing with Energy Innovation, technical, policy and regulatory issues. May chair or lead working groups or standards bodies.

Export Compliance/EEO

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, "U.S. Export Control Laws"). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Pinnacle West") maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law. For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster.

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Job ID: 20210004

Location: Phoenix

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular