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Senior Grid Innovation Engineer - San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA, US, 94105

Requisition ID # 46621 

Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Strategy & Policy

Job Location : San Francisco

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 Strategy and Policy 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 including battery energy storage (BES), Solar PV, microgrids and Remote Grid​ Solutions.


Position Summary

This Senior Grid Innovation Engineer will primarily be supporting the design and deployment of Remote Grid Solutions as part of PG&E’s Remote Grid Initiative.


Remote Grid is a new utility service concept using off-grid remote systems for 24/7/365 energy delivery as an alternative to deploying new and/or hardening of existing utility infrastructure (e.g. poles, conductor, etc.) where such an approach is a lower risk and more cost-effective means of serving our customers. The objective of the Remote Grid Initiative is to develop and validate the Remote Grid concept and productize Remote Grid Solutions as standard offerings such that they can be considered alongside of or in lieu of other service arrangements, and/or wildfire risk mitigation activities such as system hardening. 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 deploy remote grid solutions and drive execution of inflight and planned pilot projects.


This position is intended to be based out of PG&E’s General Office complex in downtown San Francisco, CA although flexible work location could be considered. The role will also require occasional travel to the field sites throughout the PG&E service territory.


Job Responsibilities

Technical leadership for planned and in-flight remote grid pilots

  • Develop expertise in remote grid system design concepts, including microgrid architecture, sizing and equipment standards used or needed to be developed, for PG&E’s future use in Remote Grid development, design and deployment
  • Conduct desktop and field technical site evaluations and feasibility assessments to inform pilot site selection and future planning processes
  • Lead site specific system sizing and design for individual pilot locations
  • Seek and consolidate technical input on civil, IT, communications, protection, primary and/or secondary voltage distribution, and microgrid Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) elements
  • Review and comment on EPC contract and technical exhibits in vendor solicitation processes and review vendor deliverables during project execution phases
  • Interface with hardware and EPC vendors to contribute to design, sourcing, and project execution plans
  • Participate in system commissioning and performance testing activities for trial operations
  • Support the development of standard remote grid system designs, processes and procedures as the program evolves from pilot scale to full production deployment and operations
  • Document key lessons learned and revise design concepts informed by pilots, targeting development of those concepts into utility standards


Support the Grid Innovation Portfolio

  • Provide teammates with technical support on other projects and initiatives within the Grid Innovation portfolio as needed potentially including DER Integration and Microgrid project implementation
  • Act as a technical subject matter expert in relevant policy and regulatory discussions, working groups or proceedings (e.g. Rule 21 working groups, Smart Inverter Working Group etc.)






  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or equivalent experience
  • 5 years of electric utility related or DER development experience




  • Master’s in Engineering
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) license
  • Technical knowledge of solar PV, inverters, energy storage, conventional generation, microgrid controllers and/or off grid energy systems and data analytics.
  • Experience deploying technology to the field at PG&E and understanding of PG&E project management processes
  • Experience deploying distributed energy resources with a developer or EPC firm.
  • Experience modeling and designing microgrids using tools such as HOMER 
  • Experience running procurement solicitations for technology solutions and EPC including vendor bid process, technical specification and technology selection.
  • Protection System Engineering experience
  • Experience leading technology pilots and/or implementations, with a focus on emerging/innovative technology
  • Understanding of distribution grid design, system planning/operations engineering practices and tools (e.g., CYME, HOMER or other equivalent software for power system modeling)
  • Strong verbal / written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a matrixed environment and a positive execution-oriented mentality
  • Ability to be creative, versatile, efficient and productive in the face of ambiguity

Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climage change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Employee Privacy Notice                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. CCPA grants new and far-reaching privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles  job applicants, employees and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information PG&E collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed through the following link: Employee Privacy Notice

PG&E will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment in a manner consistent with all state and local laws.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland