Transmission Analyst, Renewable Development USA

Transmission Analyst, Renewable Development USA

TransAlta Corporation | CO, US

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Transmission Analyst, Renewable Development USA

Date: Feb 17, 2023

Location: Boulder, CO, US

Company: TransAlta


“Energizing the Future.”

TransAlta owns, operates, and develops a diverse fleet of electrical generation assets in Canada, the United States, and Australia, providing municipalities, industries, and businesses with safe, low-cost, and reliable clean electricity. For over 111 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and proud community-member where its employees work and live. We are committed to fostering a dynamic, productive, and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open, and transparent culture with clear accountabilities, strong leadership, and challenging opportunities for personal career growth.

For more information about TransAlta, visit our website at,


We are growing our TransAlta team in Boulder, Colorado! We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic, and interpersonal individual to join our USA Growth group. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work interdependently and produce results within agreed-upon deadlines. This would require cross-functional communication skills, the ability to develop strong working relationships with people at all organizational levels, and the ability to adapt to changing work assignments and priorities. The successful candidate would be a highly motivated individual who can work on multiple assignments concurrently.

Do you Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or a related field?

Do you have 2 years+ of progressively responsible project management or development experience in energy or a related industry?

Do you reside near Boulder or would be willing to relocate?

As the Transmission Analyst you are primarily responsible for:

Performing transmission capacity analyses and transmission system modeling to support project development, origination, and strategic decision-making associated with renewable energy projects.

Identifying transmission system risk/opportunities, transmission capacity/upgrade costs evaluation, and eventually running congestion/nodal models.

Developing in-depth insights about Transmission Providers and ISO/RTOs, and how generators successfully interconnect.

This position is an integral player on the USA Growth team and will interact internally with corporate groups such as Land, Insurance, Accounting, Construction, and Legal. This permanent full-time salaried position is based out of our office in Boulder, Colorado with the flexibility of a hybrid work arrangement (days in the office & days at home).


Accountable  for delivering on 3-12 month goals as agreed to 

Actively foster and maintain relations with appropriate TPs/ISOs/RTOs; become expert and conversant in their interconnection phases and studies; interpret study results to facilitate project decisions; and represent TransAlta on technical calls

Lead modeling & analysis of specified US nodal electricity markets to support investment decisions, business planning, strategic planning & new business opportunities

Run queue and interconnection models (capacity, LMPs, and basis) in different markets 

Manage, maintain & continuously improve in-house electricity market models ensuring they are fit for purpose

Articulate & explain market model inputs/outputs to all project stakeholders with market analysis, modeling & assessments of market impacts

Monitor market developments and provide analysis of critical changes

Track key regulatory changes within specific markets through research and attending conferences and ISO meetings

Accountable for completing ad-hoc analytical work to support management and project presentations


Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or a related field

2 years+ of progressively responsible project management or development experience in energy or a related industry

Proficiency in TARA, plus knowledge of power flows, TP/ISO/RTO base cases, and generation interconnection queues

Ability to translate model outputs into business insight & articulate impact of results on the business

Specific experience in PJM, WECC, SPP and/or MISO is preferred 

Advanced Excel skills, and Python, VBA, SQL, or other programming skills

Familiarity with financial and geographic tool is a plus, such as ProMOD, PLEXOS, Aurora, GIS, Gridview, GE MAPS, PSO, and Dayzer

Ability to improvise and deliver innovative solutions in the face of conflicting project requirements

Other Requirements 

High level of quantitative and analytical skills in providing quantitative analysis, electricity market modeling, consulting, and/or energy trading

Basic knowledge of US power industry structures, policies, regulations & market fundamentals.

Familiarity and interest in recent trends in a conventional generation, renewables, gas, energy storage, transmission & distributed generation.

A basic understanding of wind project economics would be a plus

Exceptional analytical skills using spreadsheets and ability to learn and use software tools.

Ability to travel up to 20%

Valid driver's license

Our comprehensive and flexible benefits, competitive compensation, incentive, and rewards programs form the foundation of TransAlta’s excellent employment proposition.

Become part of our TransAlta team today! We look forward to reviewing your application. All applications will be reviewed in a timely manner to the best of our abilities. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the recruitment process.

Our commitment is to attract and retain the best talent. Some positions may require the successful completion of one or more background checks such as criminal, medical, or compliance. If these verifications are needed, they will be indicated on the job posting.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

It is our collective mission to ensure that every single employee feels a sense of inclusion and belonging and can show up to work as their true authentic self. TransAlta is committed to hiring a diverse workforce including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community. TransAlta believes that diversity enhances the quality of its performance, is an essential element to effective corporate governance, and cultivates a strong workplace culture.

Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver