Grid Innovation Engineer, Expert

PG&E Corporation
Oakland, California
Feb 13, 2024
Feb 19, 2024
Position Type
Alternative Fuels
Full Time
Organization Type
Requisition ID # 154326

Job Category: Engineering / Science

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Operations - Other

Work Type: Hybrid

Job Location: Oakland; Alameda; Alta; American Canyon; Angels Camp; Antioch; Auberry; Auburn; Avenal; Avila Beach; Bakersfield; Balch Camp; Bear Valley; Belden; Bellota; Belmont; Benicia; Berkeley; Brentwood; Brisbane; Buellton; Burney; Buttonwillow; Calistoga; Campbell; Canyon Dam; Canyondam; Capitola; Caruthers; Chico; Clearlake; Clovis; Coalinga; Colusa; Concord; Concord; Corcoran; Cottonwood; Cupertino; Daly City; Danville; Davis; Dinuba; Downieville; Dublin; Emeryville; Eureka; Fairfield; Folsom; Fort Bragg; Fortuna; Fremont; French Camp; Fresno; Fresno; Fulton; Garberville; Geyserville; Gilroy; Goodyear; Grass Valley; Guerneville; Half Moon Bay; Hayward; Hinkley; Hollister; Holt; Houston; Huron; Jackson; Kerman; King City; Lakeport; Lemoore; Lincoln; Linden; Livermore; Lodi; Loomis; Los Banos; Lower Lake; Madera; Magalia; Manteca; Manton; Mariposa; Martell; Marysville; Maxwell; Menlo Park; Merced; Meridian; Millbrae; Milpitas; Modesto; Monterey; Montgomery Creek; Morgan Hill; Morro Bay; Moss Landing; Mountain View; Napa; Needles; Newark; Newman; Novato; Oakdale; Oakhurst; Oakley; Olema; Orinda; Orland; Oroville; Palo Alto; Palo Cedro; Paradise; Parkwood; Paso Robles; Petaluma; Pioneer; Pismo Beach; Pittsburg; Placerville; Pleasant Hill; Point Arena; Potter Valley; Quincy; Rancho Cordova; Red Bluff; Redding; Richmond; Ridgecrest; Rio Vista; Rocklin; Roseville; Round Mountain; Sacramento; Salida; Salinas; San Bruno; San Carlos; San Francisco; San Francisco; San Jose; San Luis Obispo; San Mateo; San Rafael; San Ramon; San Ramon; Sanger; Santa Cruz; Santa Maria; Santa Nella; Santa Rosa; Selma; Shaver Lake; Sonoma; Sonora; South San Francisco; Springville; Stockton; Storrie; Taft; Tracy; Turlock; Twain; Ukiah; Vacaville; Vallejo; Walnut Creek; Wasco; Watsonville; West Sacramento; Wheatland; Whitmore; Willits; Willow Creek; Willows; Windsor; Winters; Woodland; Yuba City

Department Overview

Years of drought, extreme heat, and 129 million dead trees have created a "new normal" in California that requires PG&E to change its approach to how it designs and operates the electric system. Extreme weather events are causing unprecedented wildfires. In response, the company is bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and hardening its electric system to help reduce wildfire risks and keep customers safe. A key tool for wildfire mitigation is the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Team, designed to de-energize portions of PG&E's system during extreme weather conditions, to mitigate the risk of catastrophic fire.

Position Summary

Responsible for leading the integration of new distributed technologies into PG&E's transmission and distribution grid planning, operations and investment processes. Informs Company strategic positions, influence policy and propose process improvements that enable the integration of DERs (distributed energy resources) into PG&E's grid of future that provides safe, reliable and affordable clean energy to PG&E's customer.
  • This position is hybrid, working from your remote office and your assigned work location based on business need. The assigned work location will be within the PG&E Service Territory.
PG&E is providing the salary range that the company in good faith believes it might pay for this position at the time of the job posting. This compensation range is specific to the locality of the job. The actual salary paid to an individual will be based on multiple factors, including, but not limited to, specific skills, education, licenses or certifications, experience, market value, geographic location, and internal equity. Although we estimate the successful candidate hired into this role will be placed towards the middle or entry point of the range, the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis related to these factors.

CA Minimum: $125,000
CA Maximum: $215,000


Bay Minimum: $132,000
Bay Maximum: $226,000

This job is also eligible to participate in PG&E's discretionary incentive compensation programs.

Job Responsibilities
  • Identify additional areas of risk of ignition on the Transmission Line system above what is currently accounted for in existing models.
  • Identify solutions to reduce the risk of ignition on the Transmission Line system both from the business process perspective and through innovative tools and external partners.
  • Research current state of the industry to identify tools and methods and benchmark best practices
  • Responsible for performing analysis on historical PSPS events to inform future strategic decisions, modifications and upgrades to our grid and forecasting future program performance.
  • Collaborate with other utilities, manufacturers, engineering, IT, and standards departments on advancing transmission ignition mitigation strategies
  • Understand the various data streams that are needed to model grid impacts
  • Meet with stakeholders to better understand their issues and inform them of the potential grid impacts
  • Explore, innovate, and demonstrate technologies that facilitate easier grid integration
  • Assess potential distributed energy resources risks at higher penetration levels and communicate to upper management
  • Represent PG&E as its technical expert integrating distributed resources and technologies onto the electric grid in regulatory proceedings and industry working groups
  • Responsible for identifying, developing and implementing new standards and guidelines, in collaboration with Transmission Standards Department, to facilitate distributed energy resources integration while minimizing potential grid impacts


  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Experience with grid modeling software (e.g. CYMDIST, PSLF, Aspen, etc.)
  • Experience in electric utility, 7 years
  • Masters Degree in Business Administration or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Masters Degree in Engineering-Electrical or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Experience in Engineering, Protection
  • Experience with data analysis tools
  • Experience in Transmission and Distribution Operations, or related
  • Experience in System Protection
  • Experience in systems planning, job-related
  • PE-Professional Engineer license, California