The City The City of Santa Clara is a "full service" city – one of only a few communities in the Bay Area that has its own police, fire, library, recreation, and electric, water, and sewer utilities, as well as all of the other departments and civic amenities expected in a thriving community. Santa Clara is a family-oriented and business-friendly city, led by a city government that has developed an award- winning ethics program and a commitment to fostering public trust. Located in Santa Clara County at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, about 45 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Clara is a strategic regional hub, convenient to freeways, airports, railroads, expressways, light rail, and other public transportation.
The Department - Silicon Valley Power (SVP) SVP currently provides over 40 percent of Santa Clara’s electricity from carbon-free renewable resources. In addition to using green energy from large-scale wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric projects outside of the area, SVP employs innovative ways to locally produce electricity by capturing and burning methane gas from a closed city landfill and using power from solar generating systems on city-owned garages and vacant, unusable land. It is the mission of Silicon Valley Power to be a progressive, service-oriented utility, offering reliable, competitively priced services for the benefit of Santa Clara and its customers. Being competitive in the marketplace with a continuous focus on customer service, SVP can provide economic value to the City of Santa Clara and its customers while maintaining low residential rates and offering competitive rates for all customers.
The Position - Principal Electric Utility Engineer Silicon Valley Power seeks a dynamic, engaging, and highly qualified professional for two current vacancies in thePrincipal Electric Utility Engineer position. This unclassified management position will be responsible for performing and managing the work related to planning, engineering, design construction, operations, maintenance, and regulatory compliance of electric utility transmission, distribution and generation facilities in addition to leading department priorities.
The City of Santa Clara’s Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is hiring two Principal Electric Utility Engineer within the Capital Projects and Project Management Division. The Principal Electric Utility Engineer is an “at will” management position responsible for managing a division of the Electric Department. The ideal candidates will be a proven professional who enjoys working in an environment of growth and expansion. Individuals should enjoy contributing to a collaborative culture and influencing progress by offering new solutions and ideas. Strong candidates will be equally adept at managing technical information and contractual terms as well as working with people inside and outside of their organization.
Capital Projects (System Expansion Plan): This position will take a lead role in direct oversight of SVP System Expansion Plan to meet significant load growth of 400 MW in the next decade. Silicon Valley Power’s (SVP) 3-year Growth Plan Strategy Report identified $200 million in term system expansion projects required to be initiated in the near term to meet this increased load demand safely and reliably. SVP has contracted with AECOM to provide program management and project management services to support these expansion projects. This high profile position is expected to work collaboratively with utility operations, field forces communicate effectively with SVP’s larger customers (data centers, developers).
Engineering Analytics, Maps and Records: This position will manage the Engineering maps and records section which is responsible for managing encroachment permit reviews, supporting all electric divisions with records requests and maintenance of CAD drawings for substations and substructures as well as overhead electrical infrastructure that is maintained within the Geographic Information System (GIS). In addition to the Principal Engineer will be expected to manage consultants in performing project management for one or more capital projects. As part of implementing SVP’s Strategic Plan, this position will lead the team to implement the vision for GIS for fully support engineering for enterprise asset management, transmission & distribution system analytics, system planning, interactive voice response, distribution management systems, and distributed energy resource management.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
This is a management position in the unclassified service, responsible for performing and managing the work related to planning, engineering, design construction, operations, maintenance and regulatory compliance of electric utility transmission, distribution and generation facilities. The position requires a demonstrated ability to work well with management, professional and administrative support employees in the Department and with customers, professionals, managers and all City Departments. As a member of the City's unclassified service, this is an "at-will" position, and the incumbent serves at the discretion of the City Manager. An incumbent in this classification demonstrates strong ethical, professional, and service-oriented leadership and interpersonal skills; sets a good example; and correctly applies the tenets of the City's Code of Ethics and values.
Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is celebrating 125
years of service. SVP has an approved staffing of
200 full time employees and provides electric service
to over 58,700 customer accounts across its 18.4-squaremile
SVP has an operating budget of over $525 million dollars for
Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 and has invested nearly $435 million in
capital assets including power generation facilities transmission and
distribution assets. SVP owns and operates 57.8 miles of transmission and
over 562 miles of distribution facilities with a system load factor of 75%. SVP
owns and operates and outsources more than 1,000 Megawatts (MW) of electric
generating resources. In calendar year 2020, SVP’s system peak reached 586 MW and
consisted of 3,741 Gigawatt (GW) hours of energy sales.
In 1980, SVP became a generating utility for the first time in 73 years with the start of operations of the 7 MW
Cogeneration Plant and, in 1983, a lead partner holding 55% participation in the 110 MW NCPA Geothermal
Project. SVP participates in further jointly owned power generation projects, including hydro-electric, natural gas,
and wind. SVP also has Power Purchase Agreements for hy...dro-electric, land-fill gas, wind, and solar resources.
In 2005, SVP placed the 147 MW Don Von Raesfeld Power Plant (DVR) into service. DVR is comprised of two GE
LM6000s, plus a Mitsubishi Steam Turbine.
SVP supports a broad range of energy conservation, energy efficiency, electric technology, low income, and
renewable generation programs. SVP already exceeds receiving 30% of its power from renewable sources and
is on track to meet the state-wide Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals for 2030. The utility will continue its
support of a broad range of programs to encourage wise use of energy resources, especially renewable energy
generation and innovative storage solutions.
Silicon Valley Power is the 4th largest publicly owned electric utility in California and a recognized industry leader
with a strong history and reputation of providing excellent customer service. The electric industry is rapidly
changing and undergoing a fundamental transformation, shifting from a centralized resource grid toward an
increasing decentralized electrical grid with distributed renewable energy resources (e.g. wind, solar, and biogas)
and shifting variability in supply. SVP is estimated near-term and long-term load growth of 1,000 MW peak
demand primarily driven by data centers and hyperscale data centers (100MW). The System Expansion Plan is
underway and has identified $230 million in new major capital projects to replace end of life facilities and to
accommodate the projected load growth.
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