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Senior Engineer/Meteorologist, Wind Energy in Portland, OR at Avangrid

Date Posted: 1/2/2019

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Publication date: 06.12.2018REFERENCE: 5106711601


Company: Avangrid RenewablesJob Title: Senior Engineer/Meteorologist, Wind EnergyDepartment: Wind DevelopmentLocation: Portland, OR

Business and DepartmentPortland Corporate OfficePortland,OR


Avangrid Renewables, LLC is seeking a Senior Engineer/Meteorologist. The person in the position will work in ahigh-energy, dynamic environment where accurate energy production estimates are critical to the success of thebusiness and where excellent communication and organizational skills, continuous improvement contributions, andstrategic initiative are recognized and rewarded. This position, ideally located in Portland, Oregon, reports to theDirector of Energy Resources & Meteorology. The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:
• Design meteorological monitoring campaigns utilizing towers, sodars, lidars, and monitoring stations tosecure high quality data necessary to conduct accurate wind resource and energy production assessments.
• Work closely and proactively with business development teams to identify and assess potential new“greenfield" sites and potential acquisitions based on available meteorological observations, numerical modelsimulations, and topographic characteristics of an area.
• Conduct field visits and evaluate suitability of prospective turbine sites, and identify representative locationsfor meteorological towers, sodars, and lidars for accurate wind assessment and modeling.
• Ensure meteorology monitoring station deployments meet high-quality standards and through coordinationwith internal development and permitting teams, comply with all internal, landowners, town, county, State, and/orFederal requirements.
• Perform comprehensive quality control screening of meteorological data to ensure information is sound anddefendable for wind resource and project energy assessment.
• Develop new methodologies and software tools to improve quantification of wind resource assessment whileadhering to company guidelines and industry best-practices.
• Conduct detailed scientific analyses of measured data to quantify temporal, horizontal and verticalcharacteristics of the wind resource, and, when necessary, build and implement tools and processes to achieveanalysis goals.
• Conduct long-term wind resource predictions based on appropriate observed and modeled reference data


• Design well-informed wind farm turbine layouts optimized for energy capture, compliant with designstandards as well as constructability, environmental considerations of sound and site constraints.
• Proficiency in setting up, running, and interpreting predictions of wind speed, wake loss and energyproduction from commercially available software packages (OpenWind, MeteoDyn, etc).
• Derive long-term expected energy production of a proposed wind farm based on gross-to-net loss factors,assumptions supported by measured data or industry best-practices, and robust uncertainty analyses.
• Conduct advanced time-series production analyses, including validate and derive supporting statisticalmetrics (such as 12 x 24s and 8760s), as well as time-series loss factor and storage modeling based on long-termenergy production time-series.
• Estimate the future production of a wind farm by analyzing the production of an existing, operational windfarms.
• Prepare comprehensive energy assessment reports of a proposed wind farm that adhere to companyguidelines and industry best-practices.
• Attend and participate in relevant industry conferences and committees to support Avangrid Renewablesthrough maintaining a comprehensive understanding of industry best-practice methodologies.
• Prepare internal site suitability analyses and critically review and provide comments on site suitability reportssupplied by turbine manufactures.
• Continued involvement with numerous projects as senior engineer/meteorologist from inception throughconstruction and operation of a wind farm with return site visits, periodic updating of wind resource and energyproduction estimates, and refinement of turbine layout.
• Project manage relevant parties and scopes of work as part of formal IEC power curve tests.
• Excellent organization skills and the ability to work and communicate effectively in a timely manner with amulti-discipline team of personnel.
• Ability to meet deadlines, rapidly adapt to changing priorities, and solve problems effectively andcollaboratively.
• Solar resource assessment and PV modeling experience preferred, but not required.
• Approximately 15% domestic and international travel expected.

• Bachelor's degree or higher (Master’s degree preferred) in Meteorology, Engineering, Statistics, Physics,Aeronautics, Atmospheric Sciences, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
• A minimum of 5 years of industry-relevant experience.
• Ability to create user-friendly, GUI-based data analysis tools and/or proficiency with any of the followingprograming languages: Matlab, R, Python, SQL, Visual Basic (Microsoft Excel).

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background and reference check, drugscreen, verification of legal right to work in the U.S., and in some cases, a credit check. A credit check will beadministered when a prospective employee will be working in Finance, Accounting, Treasury or where duties mayinvolve handling of funds, accounts or cash. A Motor Vehicle (MVR) check will be administered when a prospectiveemployee will be regularly using a company vehicle. Avangrid Renewables is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This opportunity will offerFull Time Exempt