The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division is one of PNNL's most innovative teams. We are talented, award-winning administrators, specialists, technicians, managers, scientists and engineers, and we're working at the forefront of some of America's toughest energy challenges. Our mission is to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to energy challenges that have impacts on a national-scale. We employ a systems perspective that addresses technological, economic, regulatory, and market barriers to improve the nation's energy systems from generation to end-use. We provide transparent, reproducible, and unbiased results to guide policy and technological innovation.
The Distributed Systems Group is focused on designing, testing, and applying edge solutions to enhance the resiliency and efficiency of our Nation's infrastructure and of distributed sites that rely on that infrastructure, while paving the way for integrating large numbers of devices into a holistic energy system. The group's capabilities include: renewables/technology integration; distribution system modeling and planning; energy equity; grid architecture and system engineering; asset & portfolio valuation; and power electronics.
The Distributed Systems Group is looking for an Energy Equity Engineer to support a range of grid-equity research. Successful candidates will have a strong understanding and experience in electric grid operations and businesses who can support a range of analytical, technical, and written research in support of a more equitable grid. The position will work on complex problems in national policy, social equity, and technical details in the national power system; work with large amount of data; write scientific papers; and optimize solutions in interdisciplinary domains. This position will be mentored by research engineers with rich industry and research experiences.
Key areas of this work will include (but are not limited to):
Supporting human-centered electric grid planning research and power system modeling for a decarbonized and equitable energy future considering generation and transmission resource buildout, electrification, flexible loads and other electric system trends
Integrating energy justice and equity frameworks into existing and new energy system development programs
Supporting development of energy justice and equity metrics, methods, data, and analysis processes
Valuation of energy storage systems in long term planning models in terms of cost, resilience and equity
Evaluating policies affecting decarbonization, cost, resilience, and equity
BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience
MS/MA with 0 years of experience
Knowledge and experience with data analysis, geospatial analysis, decision analysis using Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS or a program such as Python
Interest in energy equity, energy planning, energy modeling, policy design, electricity markets and economics
Degree in engineering, technical energy field, or experience/knowledge of: Generation and/or transmission capacity expansion planning and production cost
Electricity market design and operations
Optimization modelling software
Data, quantification, and metrics associated with energy system performance
Strong writing and communication skills
Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
Testing Designated Position
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