Meteorology (Renewables)

Iberdrola Renewables
Portland, Oregon

Iberdrola Renewables is a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA and is the U.S. renewable energy division of parent company IBERDROLA, S.A., an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world.   A company with a 107-year history and roots in hydroelectric power, Iberdrola Renewables employs over 33,000 people in more than 40 countries and has placed the environment and sustainable development at the center of its global strategy.  Iberdrola Renewables is headquartered in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District.

Iberdrola Renewables is seeking an Engineer/Meteorologist. The person in the position will work in a high energy environment where accurate energy production estimates are critical to the success of the business and where continuous improvement contributions are recognized and rewarded. This position, located in Portland, Oregon, reports to the Director of Meteorology. The successful candidate will be responsible to:

  • Design meteorological monitoring campaigns utilizing towers, sodars, lidars and monitoring stations to secure high quality data necessary to conduct accurate wind resource and energy production assessments.
  • Work closely with business development teams to identify and assess potential new “greenfield” sites and potential acquisitions based on available meteorological observations, numerical model simulations, and topographic characteristics of an area.
  • Conduct field visits and evaluate suitability of prospective turbine sites, and identify representative locations for meteorological towers, sodars, and lidars for accurate wind assessment and modeling.
  • Ensure meteorology monitoring station deployments meet high quality standards and comply with all internal, landowners, town, county, State, and/or Federal requirements.
  • Perform comprehensive quality control screening of meteorological data to ensure information is sound and defendable for wind resource and project energy assessment
  • Develop new methodologies and software tools to improve quantification of wind resource assessment while adhering to company guidelines and industry best-practices.
  • Conduct detailed scientific analyses of measured data to quantify temporal, horizontal and vertical characteristics of the wind resource, and, when necessary, build and implement tools and processes to achieve analysis goals.
  • Identify and employ observations from off-site sources AND long-term numerical simulations to conduct Measure-Correlate-Predict (MCP) based long-term wind resource predictions.
  • Design competent wind farm turbine layouts optimized for energy capture, compliant with design standards as well as constructability, environmental considerations of sound and site constraints using advanced GIS mapping software (ArcMap).
  • Proficiency in setting up, running, and interpreting predictions of wind speed, wake loss and energy production from commercially available software packages (OpenWind, MeteoDyn, etc).
  • Derive long-term expected energy production of a proposed wind farm based on gross-to-net loss factors,
    assumptions supported by measured data or industry best-practices, and state-of-the-science uncertainty analyses.
  • Validate and derive other supporting statistical metrics such as expected average monthly and diurnal (12 x 24)
    energy production, typical meteorological year (8760) time series of wind speed and energy production.
  • Estimate the future production of a wind farm by analyzing the production of an existing, operational wind farm.
  • Prepare comprehensive energy assessment reports of a proposed wind farm that adhere to company guidelines and industry best-practices.
  • Attend and participate in relevant industry conferences to support Iberdrola Renewables through maintaining a comprehensive understanding of industry best-practice methodologies.
  • Critically review and provide comments on site suitability reports supplied by turbine manufactures.
  • Continued involvement with numerous projects as lead engineer/meteorologist from inception through construction and operation of a wind farm with return site visits, periodic updating of wind resource and energy production estimates, and refinement of turbine layout.
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to work and communicate effectively in a timely manner with a
    multi-discipline team of personnel.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, rapidly adapt to changing priorities, and solve problems collaboratively.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (Master’s degree preferred) in Meteorology, Engineering, Statistics, Physics,
    Aeronautics, Atmospheric Sciences, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of industry-relevant experience. (the company may consider candidates with less
    experience at a lower level)
  • Ability to create user-friendly, GUI-based data analysis tools and proficiency with any of the following programing languages: Matlab, R, Python, SQL, Visual Basic (Microsoft Excel).

Salary:  DOE

To Apply: Please visit http://iberdrolarenewables.us/careers.html, type “meteorologoist”. Candidates may also send their resumes to [email protected]

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a medical Fit for Duty exam, background check, references, drug screen, verification of legal right to work in the U.S., and in some cases, a credit check. A credit check will be administered when a prospective employee will be working in Finance, Accounting, Treasury or where duties may involve handling of funds, accounts or cash. A Motor Vehicle (MVR) check will be administered when a prospective employee will be regularly using a company vehicle. Iberdrola Renewables is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an individual with a disability, or any other status or class protected by federal or state law.

Job Information

  • Location:Portland, Oregon, 97209, United States
  • Job ID:26284400
  • Posted:December 17, 2015
  • Position Title:Meteorology (Renewables)
  • Company Name:Iberdrola Renewables
  • Job Function:Meteorologist
  • Entry Level:No
  • Job Type:Full-Time
  • Job Duration:Indefinite
  • Min Experience:Over 10 Years