Director of Meteorology in Portland, OR at Avangrid

Date Posted: 7/19/2018

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Publication date: 18.06.2018
REFERENCE: 5095607003


Business and Department
Portland Corporate Office

Avangrid Renewables seeks a highly motivated Director of Meteorology responsible for wind/solar resource and
energy assessment. Strong leadership, organization, good communication skills, and the ability to promptly deliver
complicated analyses under tight time deadlines are skills considered essential.

As the Director of the Energy Resource team, the responsibilities include:
• Lead a team to successfully achieve the following activities:
o Evaluate new sites for potential wind/solar development.
o Conduct field visits and identify representative locations for meteorological towers, SODARs, LIDARs and
solar radiation monitoring stations for accurate wind/solar assessment and modeling.
o Ensure meteorology monitoring stations meet high quality standards and comply with all internal, landowner,
town, county, State, and/or Federal requirements.
o Design meteorological campaigns utilizing masts, SODARs, LIDARs and pyranometers to secure high quality
data to conduct wind/solar energy assessments.
o Help plan and manage 3rd-party measurement installation and maintenance actions.
o Carry out energy yield assessments, site suitability studies and solar input assessments for existing projects.
o Provide transparent documentation of wind energy assessments and solar input assessments that fully
describe the methodology and assumptions in the derivation of the expected energy production of a proposed
wind/solar plant.
o Design wind layouts optimized for energy capture that are compliant with best-practice design standards, site
constraints, permit requirements, constructability, environmental and sound constraints
o Proficiency in preparing, running, and interpreting predictions of wind speed, wake loss and energy
production from commercially available software packages.
o Develop and validate statistical metrics such as expected average monthly and diurnal (12 x 24) energy
production, typical meteorological year (8760) time series of energy production, and uncertainty values of long-term
energy production estimates.
o Review independent third-party wind/solar energy estimates that support potential project sites and/or project
o Review and provide comments on site suitability reports supplied by turbine manufactures.
o Review contract sections of power curve guarantee and measurements, noise guarantee and measurements
and suitability of wind turbines.

o Close Collaboration with Global Technical Services to standardize methodologies for wind/solar resource and
project energy assessments.
o Maintain Avangrid Renewable's technical leadership by participating in industry conferences and workshops.
• Lead a team of energy assessment practitioners to ensure that methods are aligned and wind/solar resource
assessment deliverables reflect Internal Technical Standards and state-of-the-art analyses.
• Capability to organize team's activities, prioritize works and adapt scopes based on workload, internal and
global resources (or external), to achieve local and global business strategy goals.
• Identify and define training needs of the Energy Resource team, encouraging and allowing attendance to
specific and general training courses, informative talks, working groups, workshops and conferences.
• Maintain traceability of each project of the pipeline, in terms of: number of met masts, met masts period, wind
energy assessments or solar assessments, site suitability studies, development conditions, environmental
constrains and restrictions.
• Identify Energy Resource necessities in terms of studies and measurements. Define action plan to achieve
energy resource needs based development status of each project.
• Identify team needs in terms of budget and resources (internally and external) and follow-up. Reschedule
yearly budget and resources if needed.
• Communicate and carefully plan team resource needs.
• Identify necessary tools, new methodologies and scientific analyses to maintain industry-leading.
• Conduct regular reviews with Business Development, Structuring, Origination, Construction, Asset
Management, Commercial Operations and Global Technical Services to establish priorities.
• Maintain close communication with internal and external clients both domestically and internationally.
• Prepare detailed reports for proposed wind/solar projects, in terms of Energy Resource activities, to support
financial commitments or purchase process.
• Identify and communicate financial and technical risk of the projects. Define action plan to reduce identified

The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in the following responsibilities:
• Knowledge about Energy Resource activities (describe above).
• Knowledge of developing renewable projects in all stages: since greenfield state to construction phases.
• Manage projects in renewable area. Pipeline management.
• Strong organization skills and team management.
• Plan, prioritize and monitor activities.
• Define and follow activities and budget.
• Work closely with business development teams to define Energy Resource necessities in terms of energy
yield assessments, site suitability studies and measurement campaigns for the pipeline.
• Work closely with business development teams to identify and assess potential new "greenfield" sites and
potential acquisitions based on available meteorological observations, numerical model simulations, and
topographic characteristics of an area.
• Ability to work and communicate effectively in a timely manner with a multi-discipline team of personnel.
• Have the experience to work at an international company, within a multicultural environment, accustomed to
working with foreign colleagues, and deal with the practicalities of time zones

• 8 or more years of developing renewable project.
• Knowledge and experience in Energy Resource activities: measurement campaigns and studies.
• Proven experience in leading and directing work teams
• College degree in engineering, statistics, meteorology, atmospheric science, physics or similar or the
equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Well-versed in wind turbine and solar best-practice design specifications.
• Must be willing to travel up domestic and international.

Preference may be given to candidates with the following:
• Advanced degrees in the above disciplines or equivalent on-the-job experience.
• Experience with in-situ and ground based remote sensing instruments, scientific programming and data
analysis techniques, statistical analysis techniques, technical writing and oral presentations as well as experience
with GIS software.
• First-hand experience conducting wind/solar energy assessment studies.
• Proficient in use of standard database, spreadsheet, and data analysis software.
• Proficient with wind/solar energy modeling software (e.g., OpenWind, PVsyst).

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check, references, drug
screen, verification of legal right to work in the U.S., and in some cases, a credit check. A credit check will be
administered when a prospective employee will be working in Finance, Accounting, Treasury or where duties may
involve handling of funds, accounts or cash.

Avangrid Renewables is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an
individual with a disability, or any other status or class protected by federal or state law.

This opportunity will offer
Full Time Exempt

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