Manager or Director, Transmission Interconnection

Engineering & Technology · Austin, Texas
Department Engineering & Technology
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Aypa Power, a Blackstone portfolio company, is a leading developer, owner and operator of utility-scale energy storage and hybrid renewable projects that power our communities and cities. Our mission is to responsibly decarbonize the grid and make North American energy markets more affordable, sustainable, and efficient. Aypa is well-capitalized and uniquely positioned to lean forward on projects with deal structures that are well suited to meet our customers’ needs. Aypa has been at the forefront of energy storage development since our first energy storage project came online in 2018. As a leader in our industry, we now have over 11 GW of utility-scale energy storage and hybrid renewable energy projects in development, and 32 projects in operation or construction across North America.

 

Aypa is seeking an Austin, TX based Manager or Director of Interconnection to support and amplify Aypa’s work as an energy storage and renewables leader. This role will serve as the lead for the company's interconnection activities from a market and commercial perspective with primary responsibilities to include the evaluation of transmission and distribution tariffs, costs, timelines, designs, and processes across North America. This position will participate in the development of the overall strategic plan for both the development team and the broader business.

 

This position requires excellent communication and collaboration skills as well as the ability to work well under pressure, multitask, and shift priorities on the go. The successful candidate will be well organized, comfortable in a dynamic environment, have strong attention to detail, and can synthesize and conceptualize complex ideas. A passion for renewable energy is a plus.

 

Responsibilities:


  • Perform interconnection project management, communicating the schedule and budgetary and milestone requirements for projects going through the interconnection process.
  • Operate as a communication bridge between more technical internal and third-party engineering, commercial, development team and upper management.
  • Expedite projects through ISO interconnection queues, timing queue entry and working with the ISO and TOs to minimize network upgrades and maintain project schedule.
  • Together with the appropriate support team, reviews and develops interconnection applications, study agreements and associated drawings, specifications, and models.
  • Manage third-party consultants to perform market analysis, power flow, dynamic, short-circuit and reactive capability of the projects.
  • Estimates network upgrade costs and allocations based on the relevant ISO interconnection process.
  • Negotiate interconnect and study agreements with the relevant ISO, RTO and TO (multiple study agreements, ISA, CSA, and GIA).
  • Work with internal subject matter experts to communicate interconnection and transmission issues related to development and acquisition of projects.
  • Participate in team member meetings for relevant generation interconnection, market rules and transmission expansion planning groups.


Requirements:


  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
  • 5 years minimum of Interconnection related experience in at least two ISO/RTO regions. 7+ years experience in electrical engineering.
  • Must have Interconnection Agreement negotiation experience.
  • Strong understanding of utility business models, processes and incentives related to interconnection tariff.
  • Excellent balance of technical, management, and negotiating skills. Clear communication is vital to the success of this position.
  • Demonstrated management skills and ability to multi-task
  • Professional presence with strong communication and presentation skills
  • Able to build trust by demonstrating high ethical standards and personal integrity


Compensation and Location:

 

  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time
  • Salary: A base salary commensurate with experience.
  • Bonus: An annual bonus will be awarded based on both individual performance as well as the overall success of the business. 
  • Benefits:  Aypa offers an attractive benefit package with excellent health care / dental / vision, 401k matching, and other health and wellness benefits.
  • Location: Ability to work in the United States is a requirement. This position will be based in Austin, TX. RELOCATION ASSISTANCE WILL BE PROVIDED.


Aypa is an equal opportunity employer. At Aypa, we nurture and support a highly diverse team and actively seek to advance fair and inclusive practices in all aspects of what we do. We hire passionate, dedicated, and forward-thinking individuals from different backgrounds, and we value unique perspectives and experiences. With a focus on belonging, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all.

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  • Location
    Austin, Texas
  • Department
    Engineering & Technology
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Manager/Supervisor