Director of Transmission Planning (Data Center Development)

Position: Director of Transmission Planning (Data Center Development)

Location: Denver, CO (Headquarters), Alexandria, VA, or remote

 

Overview:

Tract is a team of digital infrastructure experts dedicated to accelerating responsible data center growth by developing master-planned data center parks with access to pre-positioned power and fiber in key markets.  Our approach is collaborative with cities and counties to ensure development is targeted for optimal locations to maximize revenue and economic development benefits for the community, while being good stewards of the land and minimizing the impact on neighbors.  Tract is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with real estate holdings throughout the United States.

 

Position Overview:

Tract is in search of a Director of Transmission Planning to join our Energy team. In this role, you’ll be at the forefront of powering next-gen cloud and AI data centers while influencing the evolution of the energy grid.  You will leverage your professional experience to analyze and access transmission infrastructure for established and emerging markets. You will lead engagement with utilities and ISOs/RTOs to fulfill Tract’s long-term growth plan while managing a portfolio of transmission programs focused on creating access to new and existing transmission routes.  The right candidate thrives in ambiguity and takes ownership, from strategic thinking to hands-on execution in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.  If you’re ready to shape the future of energy and data centers, Tract is the place to be.

 

Key Responsibilities include:

  • On-board and manage engineering consultants to complete power flow analysis using industry tools.
  • Qualify regions that meet Tract’s needs from a transmission and generation perspective.
  • Develop heat maps of qualified markets that meet Tract’s growth plan.
  • Influence Land Strategy team on initial markets and support utility screens for generation and transmission capacity.
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with utility and RTO/ISO transmission teams.
  • Understand and document utility and RTO/ISO transmission planning processes.
  • Develop, maintain, and influence transmission planning and generation interconnection models to incorporate Tract’s growth plans.
  • Support technical due diligence assessments on power connection options.
  • Assess costs, timelines, and key risks for proposed power projects.
  • Support teammates with preparation and submission of RFIs to utilities.
  • Support Tract Energy team with utility engagement on details of system impact, design, costs, and timing of projects.
  • Author capacity strategy on transmission and generation constraints and opportunities across the US.

 

Required Experience and Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have strategic experience and practical expertise in the following:

  • 7 to 10 years of demonstrated experience in electric transmission planning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of utility and RTO/ISO planning processes as well as NERC Reliability Standards
  • Demonstrated experience in transmission system modeling analysis (power flow, contingency, short circuit, and stability)
  • Demonstrated experience siting substation and/or transmission infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated success writing and delivering power feasibility reports for future substation and/or transmission projects for utilities, owner’s engineers, and/or EPC vendors.
  • Track record of successfully collaborating with electrical utilities to plan high voltage infrastructure (69 kV+).
  • Demonstrated expertise collaborating with real estate, economic development, and/or public policy stakeholders to qualify sites for transmission or substation projects.
  • Ability to translate technical engineering concepts to executives, potential investors, and/or Board members.
  • Proficiency in power system analysis software (TARA, PSS®e, ASPEN, PowerWorld, etc)

Required Education:

  • B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Power Engineering, or related field.

 

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Previous transmission planning experience and familiarity with transmission tariff planning and design.
  • Proficiency in substation design and/or distribution planning
  • Working knowledge of non-wires alternatives, such as Grid Enhancing Technologies (GETs), Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS), and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS).
  • Fundamental knowledge of transmission and substation equipment as well as protection applications.
  • Previous experience with generation interconnect studies and queue process with various utilities and ISO/RTOs.

 

Travel: Regular travel (25%) to corporate office (Denver, CO) as well as to meet with local authorities/utility leaders in support of projects.

Expected Salary Range: $165,000 – $195,000 plus Bonus. 

 

Tract Employment:

Tract employees enjoy competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits, including 100% employer-covered medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401K program, standard paid holidays, and unlimited PTO.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the organization’s ongoing needs.

 Tract is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance applying for any of our open positions, please contact us at info@tract.com.

 

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