Senior Associate, Transmission or Distribution

Are you passionate about energy, economics and the environment and ready to harness your skills to galvanize positive change in these topic areas on behalf of public interest entities? If so, Synapse Energy Economics may have a place for you. We are a research and consulting firm specializing in economic and policy research, modeling, and analysis to provide solutions to issues faced by the electric industry. We draft public reports and analysis, and represent our clients by providing oral and written testimony as expert witnesses in Public Utility Commission dockets. Our work supports a broad range of public‐interest clients, including consumer advocates, environmental organizations, regulatory commissions, and state and federal agencies. Synapse places great value on the culture of our office; we are a high-energy, forward‐thinking, collaborative group with a real passion for public interest and sustainability.

Synapse Energy Economics is seeking a Transmission and Distribution Engineer with robust quantitative skills and industry experience with utility distribution and transmission.  The preferred candidate will have extensive familiarity with electric transmission or distribution system engineering and operations, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues such as sustainability, environmental justice, and consumer protection.

Job Description: The T&D Engineer will evaluate transmission and distribution issues associated with resource plans and/or projects from utilities or developers in conjunction with the economic and policy analysis at Synapse. The ideal candidate will also provide technical analysis to supplement our project work involving energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, electricity rates, electric vehicles, environmental regulations, and electricity markets.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a technical resource to review distribution and transmission technical solutions and modernization initiatives to improve reliability, operations, and integration of renewable resources for the electric sector.
  • Perform technical and economic analyses that incorporate the effect of transmission and distribution investments, including, for example, estimation of avoided T&D costs associated with distributed energy resources.
  • Clearly and succinctly summarize complex technical concepts to clients, regulators, and public audiences through papers, presentations, testimony, and meetings.
  • Defend analysis and refute opposing viewpoints and analysis.
  • Work in team environment with both senior and junior staff members.
  • Create, maintain, and utilize spreadsheet models and/or software tools to analyze transmission and distribution investments and plans.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in Electrical Engineering, preferably with an emphasis on electric power systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 2 years of relevant industry experience (utility distribution and transmission) required.
  • A strong desire to work on behalf of public interest clients in improving energy planning and policy.
  • Proficiency to review, evaluate, and analyze technical information, policies, and reports. 
  • Broad perspective of the utility business and thorough knowledge of concepts and systems related to transmission and distribution. 
  • Thorough knowledge of fundamental engineering/economic principles and concepts. 
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable policies, rules, regulations, and codes related to electric distribution. 
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to develop persuasive arguments for testimony and reports based on analysis of quantitative and qualitative evidence.
  • Ability to work and communicate well in teams.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize critical tasks and conflicting requirements.

You don't have to satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed above. If your skills are transferable or you are near the number of years of experience we seek, please apply.

If you have much more experience than the minimum qualifications above, you will be considered for a Principal Associate position in the Transmission and/or Distribution topic area.

Preferred Qualifications (beneficial, but not required):

  • Master’s Degree or Doctorate.
  • State, federal, provincial electric utility regulatory experience.
  • Power flow modeling software experience.
  • Experience commissioning distribution automation and substation equipment, and/or experience with distribution system planning including assessment of hosting capacity for solar PV or other distributed generation on distribution systems.
  • Expert Testimony experience.
  • Licensed Electrical Professional Engineer (PE).

We Offer:

  • Opportunities to work with established experts on cutting‐edge policy on behalf of public interest clients dedicated to consumer welfare and the environment
  • The ability to inform energy policy and planning decisions at the local, state, regional, national, and global levels
  • Support for employees’ professional and career development
  • A team-based collegial work environment where we strive to balance work, personal life, and community involvement
  • Autonomy and control over your work hours, including flextime
  • A flexible, hybrid work environment
  • Generous PTO

Synapse currently supports a hybrid work environment so our staff can find the right mix of support, collaboration, and flexibility. While we prefer employees located locally so we can nurture this environment, we will consider remote candidates where such arrangement is compatible with our clients’ work.

To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter to the form found here.

Synapse is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community.