Internship Project Title – Support of Dynamic Data Management System
Department – Transmission Service Studies
Minimum Education Level: Junior
Preferred Majors: Electrical Engineering (Required) with a focus on Power Systems (Preferred)
The Transmission Strategy and Services department completes and reviews studies to assure that the connection of all generators to the public utility systems of New England are safe and reliable in accordance with established interconnection standards and requirements. In recent years the ISO has increasingly studied newer technologies that include wind, solar and battery resources that are being used to meet state renewable energy production targets in efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The department also maintains and administers portions of the ISO Tariff that address the interconnection of generation to the transmission system, which conforms to requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It also manages various technical documents covering the more specific elements of the ISO’s Interconnection Standards. The department also manages the stability and PSCAD data for existing and planned generating facilities within the New England. Department engineers also participate in national industry groups addressing the performance and modeling requirements for generators utilizing inverter technologies.
What will you be working on:
In this internship, you will work with the engineer responsible for maintaining the ISO’s Dynamic Database Management System to assess Generator Owner changes to stability modeling requirements, identify non-conformance and work with Generation Owners to attain conformance with the ISO’s modeling requirements. Additional assignments will include performing power system analysis with industry software to augment generation interconnection studies under the guidance of department engineers assigned to leading generation interconnection studies.
How will you make an impact:
You will be expected to quickly learn how to perform a series of standard tests related to stability performance with the Siemens Power System Simulator software and assess results for conformance with performance requirements. This includes having basic knowledge of time domain analysis of control systems and knowledge of control system theory. Your ability to exercise judgement when analyzing and interpreting test results for acceptability will be value to the organization and build confidence in your decision-making. You will be expected describe any unacceptable results to enable the generator owner to address them through model or model parameter changes. Additionally, you will be expected to perform thermal transfer analysis with vendor provided software. This includes learning how to use the software and how to establish power system thermal limits across major transmission interfaces.
What we look for in a candidate:
- Basic understanding of electric circuit analysis and control system theory.
- Ability to independently grasp what the major findings and conclusions of analysis results and the ability to communicate those to the ISO engineers and generation owners in written and oral format.
- Willingness to independently dig into the details of user manuals as required to learn and effectively use power system analysis software tools with limited guidance.
To be eligible for the internship candidate must have completed at least the first year of college and be currently enrolled in a four year or graduate-level academic program. Candidates must have the authority to work in the US on a permanent basis, without requiring sponsorship.
ISO New England is located in Holyoke, MA and oversees the 24/7 operation of the power grid that covers the six-states of New England and administers the region’s $10+ billion “stock exchange” for the buying and selling of wholesale electricity. The power system is constantly evolving as new technologies emerge and energy policies evolve. There is a lot going on at our organization behind the scenes to make sure the grid continuously yields reliable electricity at competitive prices while addressing the unique challenges that come along with our industry.