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Sustainable Distributed Energy Analyst Internship

Maple Grove, MN 55369

Posted: 03/12/2024 Industry: Intern Job Number: HH8589794216 Pay Rate: $27-33 / hour

Job Description

Job TitleSustainable Distributed Energy Analyst Internship
Job TypeSummer 2024
LocationMaple Grove, MN
Shift/HoursFull Time during Summer
EducationMust be enrolled in college and working towards a degree in physics, mathematics, engineering (mechanical, electrical, chemical, bio systems or computer science)
Company InfoWe are a not-for-profit wholesale electric cooperative, providing electricity to 27 member-owner distribution cooperative through Minnesota. Together, our systems power more than two-thirds of our great state.
Great River Energy is seeking a Sustainable Distributed Energy Analyst Intern at our headquarters facility in Maple Grove, MN.  This internship position will assist with our initiatives towards a carbon-free power supply portfolio, helping to achieve our targets for renewable solar and wind energy as well as promoting sustainable electrification. GRE’s demand response programs support flexible electrical load programs at residential homes, commercial business, and industrial manufacturing sites. These load management programs are part of GRE’s distributed energy resource portfolio and are being orchestrated in a coordinated way to serve the Minnesota power grid like a virtual power plant, offsetting the need to build or operate traditional fossil fuel peaking power plants – thus offsetting carbon emissions and decreasing capital investments for our cooperative.
This position will work in a small technical team that supports the Demand Response programs at GRE: The Distributed Energy Resource Portfolio Department. This group oversees and designs the software systems that operate and dispatch 400 MW of controllable load programs across 250,000 devices at homes and businesses in Minnesota. These devices include electric water heaters, air conditioners, air source heat pumps, electric furnace systems, farming irrigation systems, interruptible industrial processes, and distributed emergency generators at office buildings. 
Job Responsibilities:
This position will specifically support the data analytics processes that GRE uses for analyzing the quantifiable impact that each Demand Response (DR) program and distribution zone is capable of. These DR capabilities are being analyzed to support the regional electric grid during peak power demand times during extreme weather events, but also to quantify the economic impact in the context of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator “MISO” regional electricity market. 
This position will be primarily supporting the reporting templates, visualizations and data plotting using results from our data analytics team. They will be introduced to complex Excel spreadsheets with tables, figures and analytics that will need to be interpreted into visualization tools and dashboards developed within Microsoft PowerBI and/or IBM Cognos reports. The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to learn the technical dynamics of mature demand response programs as well as an in-depth exposure to MISO market registration rules and requirements for Load Modifying Resources.
Job Duties:
  • Interpreting complex Microsoft Excel workbooks, following dependencies of equations and formulas to understand data flow.
  • Producing beautiful data plots of time-series data, typically in a 24-hour single day time plot
  • Producing beautiful data visualizations and dashboards of data results, insights, trends, and relationships
  • Producing beautiful data tables summarizing the critical results of test data and linear regression analyses
  • Adhering to consistent formatting, fonts, color schemes, and sizing which are suitable for placement in technical reports.
  • Developing technical reports for supporting MISO documentation requirements for Load Modifying Resource.

Must be enrolled in college and working towards a degree in physics, mathematics, engineering (mechanical, electrical, chemical, bio systems or computer science)
  • Must be enrolled in college and working towards a degree in physics, mathematics, engineering (mechanical, electrical, chemical, bio systems or computer science).
  • Clear communication skills, self-motivated, able to take ideas from general concepts to a working design using personal judgement and style.
  • Sophisticated Microsoft Excels skills required, demonstrating broad knowledge of managing nested equations and INDEX/MATCH functions within complex Excel Workbooks.
  • Exposure with software coding skills is not required but is strongly preferred, for example Python, R, S, VBA, Java, C/C++/C#, MATLAB or other related languages.
  • Experience using data analytical visualization tools. Experience with Microsoft Power BI is highly preferred, but similar skills in other applications or programming environments would be valued experience.
  • Technical Writing Skills with dynamic data plots using Microsoft Word or other technical type-setting word processors.
  • Experience using Microsoft Equation editor within Word to write mathematical formulas in technical reports.

Physical Reqs
Typical office environment and hybrid work. The internship will be full-time (40 hours/week) during the Summer. 
We provide competitive internship pay. 
FT during Summer-may continue into the fall depending on applicant availability and project demand.

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