June 26, 2019

Purpose
IT and OT Specialist is a key member of ENGIE Canada IT/OT mission critical operations team responsible for providing the technical support & analytical services with limited supervision for the management, design, specification, configuration, troubleshooting, and support of systems and processes that affect operation of renewable generation control systems across Canada.

Location/Department
Markham, Ontario / Asset Management
Status
Salary

Essential Job Functions

  • Support the System Control and IT/OT (Operations Technology) Asset management across Canada.
  • Experience managing and configuring communication protocols such as Modbus, DNP, OPC and TCP/IP.
  • Experience in Power Systems Engineering.
  • Experience with industrial networking, VLAN, NAT, Static Routing and Firewall.
  • Experience with NERC compliance requirements directly related to SCADA and Cyber Security in the Electric sector.
  • Identifies operational problems by observing and studying system functioning and performance results; investigating complaints and suggestions; interviewing process supervisors and operators; completing troubleshooting procedures.
  • Identifies operational priorities by assessing operational objectives; determining project objectives, such as, efficiency, cost savings, energy conservation, operator convenience, safety, environmental quality; estimating relevance, time, and costs.
  • Stay up to date with the latest industry standards and other requirements.
  • Responsible for verifying accuracy of reports and documents related to plant performance and equipment, following-up with suppliers and service providers when required, and preparing reports or notifications as required.
  • Provide technical guidance support and maintenance procedures.
  • Work with team to ensure that the control system applications and platforms are maintained according to standards, adhere to policies, and in compliance with NERC.
  • May be required to work extended periods of time without relief when responding to priority/emergency situations (including overtime type assignments); may require shift work, weekend and holidays work, and/or on call duties.
  • Participate and support site safety and environmental management systems; assure safety and environmental considerations are included in engineering products and solutions.
  • Work multiple projects including supporting future development projects.
  • Must comply with all applicable ENGIE policies and procedures.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess good problem-solving skills.
  • A valid passport and valid Canadian driver’s license.
  • Willingness and ability to travel in North America, up to 30% of the time.
  • Technical skills and the ability to learn and adapt.
  • Works with minimal supervision, manages own time effectively, maintain control over all current projects/responsibilities. Follow up on all relevant issues.
  • Excellent judgement and creative problem-solving skills, including influencing, consulting, negotiation, and the agility to lead and drive complex and critical solutions while adapting to changing priorities.
  • Ability to plan, implement, test and troubleshoot system software.
  • Strong collaboration skills in order to partner effectively across various levels of the organization.
  • Ability to learn and utilize a working knowledge of broad business environment, energy industry and corporate operations.

Preference may be given to candidates with the following expertise

  • Process control and Energy Management Systems.
  • Experience with Industrial Controls and SCADA software like Citect, Wonderware, Cimplicity, Iconics or other similar systems.
  • Power Plant Control Systems.
  • RTU communications and substation systems.
  • Background in Wind/Solar Energy.
  • Understanding of Computer Scripting.
  • VMWare virtualization.

Essential Physical Abilities 

  • Ability to meet highest attendance requirements.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments on a timely basis with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to use computer, calculator, etc.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs of weight.
  • Ability to climb ladders and work in heights > 250ft; enter confined spaces as required to complete assigned tasks.
  • Hear and understand audible alarms, detect changes in noise levels of rotating equipment and portable radio communication.
  • Ability to travel and engage in on-site troubleshooting.

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering/Science or related field.
  • 5 years of related experience preferably within the renewable or power systems industry.

Interested applicants can submit their resume and cover Letter to ENGIE North America online application system.

Working Environment 
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

For this role you must have authorization to work in the United States. Qualified applicants are considered for employment, and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity, or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

This job advertisement is supported by the ENGIE Talent Acquisition team. Agency involvement is not required. All related inquires must be done to the Talent Acquisition team, not direct to ENGIE North America Managers.

Global Offshore Wind Report: sector has potential to grow to 200GW of capacity by 2030

  • New GWEC Market Intelligence Report shows offshore wind sector has grown 21% average each year since 2013, taking total to 23 GW installed capacity globally.
  • GWEC sees potential for sector to install additional capacity of 200GW by 2030 under its upside scenario and 190 GW of capacity under business-as-usual scenario.
  • Asian offshore market including China is expected to become the largest offshore region globally

London, 26 June 2019: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has launched the first edition of its Global Offshore Wind Report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the prospects for the global offshore wind market, including forecast data, market-level analysis and review of efforts to lower costs.

The global offshore market has grown by an average of 21% each year since 2013, reaching total installations of 23 GW. More than 4 GW of new capacity was installed each year in 2017 and 2018, making up 8% of the total new installations during both years. For the first time, China was the largest offshore market in 2018 based on new installations, followed by the UK and Germany.

Karin Ohlenforst, Director of Market Intelligence at GWEC, said: “We are standing within reach of a truly global offshore wind industry. Based on government targets, auction results, and pipeline data we expect to see 190 GW of new capacity to be installed by 2030, but this does not represent the full potential of offshore wind. Many new countries are preparing to join the offshore wind revolution, while floating offshore wind represents a game-changing technological development that can add even more volumes in the years to come.”

Alastair Dutton, Chair of Global Offshore Wind Task Force at GWEC said: “The industry is continuing to make significant strides on cost-competitiveness, with a average LCOE of $50/MWh being within reach. This achievement increases the attractiveness of offshore wind in mature markets where a number of governments are discussing  long-term climate targets that, if they are to be achieved, must seriously consider the contribution large-scale offshore wind can make. New offshore markets represent significant potential and if industry and governments can work together, as we have seen recently in the case of Taiwan, we can build the necessary policy frameworks at greater speed to ensure growth can be achieved sooner than later.”

In the report, GWEC Market Intelligence provides a market outlook representing a “business-as-usual” (BAU) scenario which does not incorporate further technical development or further opportunities for offshore wind, and an upside scenario which captures the additional potential.

The BAU scenario expects double-digit growth for the global offshore market based on current policies and expected auctions and tenders. This scenario makes annual installations of 15 to 20 GW after 2025 realistic based on growth in China and other Asian markets, amounting to 165 GW of new installed capacity globally between now and 2030. This would bring the total installed capacity to nearly 190 GW.

The upside scenario captures additional potential such as the advancement of floating technology, increased cost competitiveness and therefore greater volume in mature markets, as well as the opening up of new offshore markets. Based on this scenario, a more positive outlook of over 200 GW new installed capacity between now and 2030 is possible, totalling approximately 210 GW installed capacity.

Market and regional highlights:

  • Europe: Short-term, the European offshore market will remain flat with few projects reaching installation and COD during 2020, however, the cost competitiveness of European offshore will remain a key driver for volume. The Sector Deal in the UK provides a stable outlook, while volumes for Germany have still not increased despite government’s awareness. Total installed capacity for the region under the BAU scenario is expected to be 78 GW by 2030.
  • Asia: The Asian offshore market including China is expected to become the largest offshore region globally with key growth markets including Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, India and South Korea. Total installed capacity for the region under the BAU scenario is 100 GW by 2030.
  • US: First installation of large-scale projects expected between 2021 and 2023 bringing total installations to 2 GW by 2025, potential for 10 GW total installations towards 2030 with increasing experience and maturing of the local supply chain

The full report includes analysis of the building blocks of a systematic approach to lowering cost and managing risks. This includes a thematic analysis of health and safety procedures, financing, planning and consent regulation, supply chain development and technological innovation. The full report is exclusively available for GWEC members in the Market Intelligence Members Area on the GWEC website.

ENDS

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/

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Women in Wind Q&A: Swarna Priya Natarajan (India)

 

The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program sat down with Swarna, one of this year’s participants, to chat about her pathway into renewable energy and the key issues facing women in the wind sector.

How did you first become interested in renewable energy and joining the clean energy transition?

I still remember vividly that after my Grade 6 Science class on Sustainable Energy, I was left in shock when I came to know about the depletion of fossil fuels and the kind of pollution that we were causing to our own planet. That was when I decided to contribute as much as I can in creating a clean and sustainable environment and ever since that day, all my projects, technical presentations, symposiums, etc. were around renewable energy and sustainability.

Tell us about your expertise and passion in the sector. For you, what is the next “space to watch” in renewable energy?

I started my career as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in Parker Hannifin and moved on to become a Project Engineer handling projects from Enquiry-to-Order life cycle in the Automation sector catering to myriad applications like HRMs, CRMs, High Power Test Rigs, Hoists & Cranes and Grid-Tie systems. Deep down, there was a disappointment in not working on renewable energy projects full-time.

Being a clean energy enthusiast, I transitioned into the renewable energy sector by joining Vestas in the Qualification Engineering Team. As a fresher in the Wind Industry, I quickly increased my scope from screening projects to wind resource assessments and wind farm layout design for projects all over the Asia-Pacific and China regions. Currently, I am a Lead Engineer in North & Central Europe Team focusing on wind resource assessments and value engineering of projects in the DACH region, South Africa and the Benelux union. Other responsibilities include wind turbine loads analysis, commercial optimization, reviewing projects and enhancing team competencies.

There has been a lot of interesting work happening in Hybrid Solutions that integrate Wind, Solar and Energy Storage and with the advent of floating wind turbines, floating solar farms are a space to watch.

What sort of challenges  did you encounter in entering the sector? Can you tell us about an achievement wherein you overcame such a challenge?

Fortunately, I did not face issues while entering the sector and I am happy that I am part of an organization that is an equal opportunity employer. But, there sure was/is a dearth of female role models in the work force.

For example, if one wanted to look up to someone for inspiration as to how they managed to pull off the work-life balance as they progressed through the career ladder, you were left with very limited options. It was quite a struggle for me to get back on track after my maternity leave mostly plagued by self-doubt and all the lost opportunities during that phase. But, thanks to my support system at home, I worked hard like never before and could put in some extra hours and efforts to get back in form and make up for lost time.  

If you had to pick one key issue facing women in the wind power sector, what would it be and why? 

One key issue facing women in the wind power sector is the lack of women at the top which is closely linked to another key issue which is gender bias. The sad fact is that sometimes this second-generation gender bias goes unnoticed even by women which makes it harder to spot and end this issue.

One classic example is the assertiveness factor which it comes with leadership roles. Just because women naturally tend to be more compassionate and collaborative, they are perceived to be weak in leadership roles. On the contrary, I feel that it will result in a thriving work culture with improved collaboration within & across teams. At the same time, women who are ambitious and driven are perceived as bossy and compromising on family duties. 

Finally, what do you hope to achieve as a participant of Women in Wind Global Leadership Program? How will you contribute to the next generation of female leaders in the sector?

As a participant of Women in Wind, I hope to seek inspiration and learn from the vast experience of the field experts and industry leaders, and to share and connect with like-minded counterparts across the globe in creating a sustainable, inclusive, diverse and state-of-the-art energy industry.

I hope to fill the dearth of female role models in the industry by choosing to be the leader I wish I had, and inspire more women and lead by example in creating more such leaders.

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#AmericanWindWeek 2019 is right around the corner, August 11-17. Are you ready? American Wind Week is a critical tool that can help support your advocacy goals while growing U.S. wind power. Now is the time to plug in and engage on American Wind Week 2019!

How #AmericanWindWeek can help

#AmericanWindWeek 2019 serves as a springboard for continued advocacy, communications, and public support for wind energy. Despite the wind power’s phenomenal growth, many Americans, even some in communities that host wind farms and factories, don’t know much about it. American Wind Week is a chance to bring the wind community together– technicians, manufacturers, those benefiting from tax and land lease payments, and many more– to engage with the community and educate lawmakers.

“American Wind Week has been an ideal excuse for rallying support and driving local support around our industry’s work,” says Adam Renz, Manager of Business Development at Pattern Energy, and one of AWEA’s first wind week partners back in 2017. “Unlike other industry “holidays American Wind Week has provided us with a tangible week of celebration and a reason to bring our communities and champions together.”

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Lawmakers, awards and events

While wind has proven to be a competitive clean energy option, it wouldn’t be the booming industry it is today without stellar support from dedicated members of the United States Congress and state and local lawmakers.

#AmericanWindWeek has been an opportunity to educate lawmakers and to highlight the leadership that has paved the way for this growing industry. Last year, over 70 lawmakers participated in #AmericanWindWeek and learned how wind is powering opportunity for their constituents.

America’s wind industry supports more than 100,000 American jobs at over 500 facilities across the country. Wind energy is an important part of America’s all-of-the-above energy future. #NewEnergyRealism #AmericanWindWeek pic.twitter.com/S9pgGzCY24

— Rick Perry (@SecretaryPerry) August 6, 2018

Jeff Danielson, AWEA’s new Central Region Director, is a former Iowa state senator, and as a former elected official, he shared what a big impact events like American Wind Week can have on lawmakers.

“As a former lawmaker, I cherished the opportunity to celebrate the successes of good public policy that opportunities like American Wind Week offer,” Jeff said. “While it’s understood that public service can be a thankless journey, it nice to pause and sing the praises of what’s working. To that end, wind power is opportunity and it works for America!”

This week is also an opportunity to highlight new wind energy customers, led by some of the world’s largest companies. Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft and AT&T have signed contracts for over 10,000 megawatts of wind energy to date, which is more than all of the wind built in Iowa, America’s number two wind state.

These companies also engaged in #AmericanWindWeek 2018 by attending events, engaging on social media using #AmericanWindWeek, and writing blogs about why wind works for their companies.

READ: As we celebrate #Americanwindweek, @Microsoft looks back at our five years of investing in #windenergy, both at home and abroad! @AWEA https://t.co/aUCceqQcoM

— Microsoft_Green (@Microsoft_Green) August 8, 2018

Social media and proclamations

In 2018 the conversation boomed on social media with 53 million #AmericanWindWeek impressions, a 67 percent increase from 2017, and a total of 30 mayors and governors also declared proclamations that August 5-11, 2018 was #AmericanWindWeek. We’re expecting even more governors and mayors to declare proclamations in 2019, so stay tuned!

Thank you AWEA members

We want to thank you for making last year’s #AmericanWindWeek a successful national week of celebration and education, as AWEA members are the backbone of this special annual event. But more importantly, we want to thank you for the hard work you’ve done every day to construct and grow this American success story. Since last year, wind energy has continued to blow past the competition and power the country. The total number of employees in the wind industry increased to 114,000, over $1 billion was paid by the industry in state and local taxes and land lease payments, and a record number of Fortune 500 companies, cities, universities and utilities purchased wind energy in an effort to reach their sustainability goals.

Looking forward to #AmericanWindWeek 2019

This year, we’re looking to expand on that success and make #AmericanWindWeek the biggest and best it’s ever been, and you can help by attending/hosting a Wind Week event, engaging on social media with #AmericanWindWeek, reaching out to your lawmakers encouraging them to engage with #AmericanWindWeek, and educating your peers about the benefits of wind energy. AWEA member engagement is vital to the success of this week, and we’re here to answer any questions you might have about how you can help and engage with others.

Send us a message if you would like to engage in American Wind Week 2019. Let’s make August 11-17 the greatest week of 2019!