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Expert Grid Innovation Engineer (Oakland/Flexible, CA)

LocationOakland, California;

Requisition ID # 135301 

Job Category: Engineering / Science 

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Energy Policy & Procurement

Job Location: Oakland

Department Overview

Help us change the electric utility industry from the inside! Join a small, high-performing team within Pacific Gas & Electric Company that is working on a portfolio of exciting and innovative projects to transform the electric grid into a smarter grid. The Grid Innovation team is charting the future of the utility and the energy industry as part of the Engineering, Planning & Strategy division of PG&E.

Grid Innovation evaluates and demonstrates emerging technologies, concepts and processes that PG&E will need to design and operate the resilient energy system of the future. Toward that end, the team works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders across the enterprise to design, build and test product strategies, roadmaps and implementation plans for innovation. The current focus of the Grid Innovation team is to build and advance products and processes to operationalize Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) including battery energy storage (BES), Solar PV, microgrids and Remote Grid​ Solutions.

Position Summary

This Grid Innovation Engineer will play a central role in defining the technology roadmap for community microgrids at PG&E and will provide technical support to community stakeholders and local and tribal governments considering critical facility microgrid projects.

A strong applicant will be an organized and motivated consensus builder. This execution-oriented candidate will collaborate with PG&E technical subject matter experts and external vendors to develop standard microgrid solutions and documentation and provide technical leadership to drive execution of inflight and planned projects.

This position is classified as a “hybrid remote” (0-3 days in the office) and also may require occasional travel within the PG&E service territory to project site locations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Providing technical guidance and consulting support for proposed community microgrid projects including coordination with 3rd party DER developers, community organizations, critical facility customers and other engineering functions within PG&E including, Planning, Interconnection, Distribution Operations, System Protection and others
  • Developing tools and processes to assess microgrid opportunities and other resiliency alternatives
  • Leading development of technical guidelines for microgrid design, configuration and operational protocols for multi-customer microgrids hosted on PG&E’s distribution grid
  • Evaluating inverter and microgrid controls hardware and software suppliers for effective integration into PG&E systems
  • Developing and documenting Microgrid best practices and technical standards that can be applied to different geographies and use cases
  • Communicating complex technical topics to a variety of audiences (technical and non-technical, leadership, external stakeholders, etc.)
  • Acting as a technical subject matter expert in relevant policy and regulatory discussions, working groups or proceedings
  • Providing teammates with technical support and guidance on  related projects and initiatives within the Grid Innovation portfolio as needed potentially including DERMS and Remote Grids



  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or equivalent experience
  • 7 years of electric utility related experience


  • Master’s in Engineering
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) license
  • 5 years of experience deploying distributed energy resources with a developer or EPC firm.
  • Experience modeling and designing microgrids
  • Protection System Engineering experience
  • Experience leading technology pilots and/or implementations, with a focus on emerging/innovative technology
  • Experience developing and documenting technical standards and processes or design guide artifacts
  • Demonstratable technical knowledge of solar PV, inverters, energy storage, conventional generation and/or microgrid controllers
  • Understanding of distribution grid design, system planning/operations engineering practices and tools (e.g., CYME, or other equivalent software for power system modeling)
  • Working knowledge of control system communication protocols (e.g. Modbus, CAN, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of California Rule 21 and Wholesale Distribution Tariff (WDT) Interconnection process and considerations.
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