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Studies Manager - T&D and Interconnection Planning

Date: Jul 4, 2022

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96813

Company: hawaiianel

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Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.



The P BI INTERCONNECTION SERVICES Department of the P T&D AND INTERCONNECTION PLNG Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management vacancy available. (Role: Professional)



Leads cross-functional teams to execute comprehensive studies and complete scoping of interconnection requirements. Ensures the safe and reliable interconnection of independent power producers ("IPPs") for the service territories on Oahu, Maui County, and Hawaii Island accordant to PUC and executive steering group expectations. Serves as the Project Management resource to the division to execute comprehensive power system studies and analyses ensuring the continued, safe, and reliable operation of the grid.


Leads and implements LEAN continuous improvement best practices to enhance and achieve operational excellence with a safety mindset.



  • Project Management. Provides advanced project management expertise required to develop scope, schedule, budget, and execute T&D and Interconnection Planning studies, as well as develops requirements in sufficient detail to be used for initialization of interconnection projects. Anticipates potential challenges, provides project management expertise, and develops appropriate strategies to address these challenges. Works with internal Departments to finalize project/study scopes, and evaluation to develop schedule, costs, and risks for projects. Initiates and executes projects/studies in alignment with the corporate budget process.
  • Develops and maintains the schedule for each study ensuring timely delivery of results. Analyzes issues, recommends process improvements, and communicates status appropriately. Supports the development of processes, standards, and/or guidelines to facilitate and align the execution of technical studies across the division. Provides training on project management principles. Incorporates LEAN and project management principles to provide recommendations to improve execution of technical studies and other deliverables by the department and division.


  • Interconnection Services. Oversees the development and implementation of processes to execute interconnection requirement studies and other related analyses on a timely and fair bases. Coordinates with IPP developers to execute interconnection studies. Drives to execute various comprehensive studies to ensure grid stability as additional renewable energy resources are added to the system. Engages with internal and external stakeholders to educate, inform, and receive feedback to the interconnection process.


  • Energy Integration. Implements the strategies and plans to acquire clean energy generation (e.g., wind, solar, geothermal, ocean, biofuel, etc.) in support of the company's Clean Energy goals and to sustain system reliability at reasonable costs to customers. Ensures consistency throughout the company with regards to contract terms, strategy, and policy for interconnection of distributed generators to the electric grids. Participates in contract negotiations with power generation developers as the subject matter expert on the technical aspects of integrating renewable projects into the utility grids. Ensures project compliance with interconnection requirements and contract terms through review of the generation project design. Acts as the technical resource to support administration of contracts. Recommends advanced technologies to support the increase in renewable energy resources.


  • Regulatory Support. Represents and/or provides the technical knowledge to formulate the company's position on interconnection of clean energy projects. Presents findings to external groups including the Public Utilities Commission, the Consumer Advocate, IGP/IRP advisory groups, community or professional organizations, legislators, and other such parties.


  • Industry Acumen and Knowledge. Manages, directs, investigates, or researches the best practices of other utilities interconnection processes. Keeps abreast of political, regulatory, and technical changes, innovations, and progress related to functional area.


  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or equivalent of the degree in appropriate education and experience required. Emphasis in the field of Power System Analysis is highly desirable.
  • Working knowledge of the theories and principles of project management and/or engineering normally acquired through advanced college level courses or equivalent experience.
  • Working knowledge of Renewable Energy technologies, both commercial and emerging, and their utility scale applications.
  • Understanding of various renewable energy technologies and their relative advantages and disadvantages when integrating with utility grids.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers, cloud-based and related software applications to include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, data bases, and project management.
  • Knowledge of safety principles and best practices to achieve a safe workplace environment.
  • Knowledge of the Hawaii electric utility industry, particularly the operation of the power generation, transmission, and distribution systems, preferable.
  • Working knowledge of resource planning, transmission planning, distribution planning, renewable energy planning, and the design, and permitting, and construction of interconnection facilities, preferable.
  • Working knowledge of utility regulation, PUC investigative dockets, and rate cases, preferable.
  • Working knowledge of commonly used terms and conditions of contracts and the elements of a contract, preferable.
  • Working knowledge of Company budgeting and forecasting systems and procedures, preferable.
  • Working knowledge of LEAN continuous improvement principles and best practices to achieve operational excellence, preferable.


Skills Requirements

  • Leadership skills and the ability to work with a variety of individuals occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult, or confrontational issues in a professional manner while using tact, courtesy and discretion.
  • Self-starter with the analytical and organizational skills and drive to successfully manage multiple projects with competing priorities and deadlines in a timely and effective manner with minimal day-to-day direction required.
  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and to adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to influence and persuade various groups and individuals.
  • Ability to establish long-range outcomes and specify strategies and actions necessary to achieve objectives; ability to analyze risks, benefits, and opportunities of strategies.
  • Ability to innovate by searching for new ways to improve existing processes or systems; addresses gaps by creating innovative and unique solutions.
  • Strong written, oral, and presentation skills including clear, comprehensive, and succinct communications for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated analytical and administrative skills required for such tasks as carrying out company/department policies and procedures.
  • Analytical, organizational, and conceptual skills to handle various complex ideas, projects, and programs.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver's license. Must meet the standards for frequent or required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy. These standards may be adjusted periodically to meet business and safety objectives
  • Demonstrated experience with the IRS models and analysis, preferable.
  • Experience in preparing and providing testimony before public agencies, governmental, or public meetings is desirable. Experience in preparing and providing testimony in a regulatory proceeding of the PUC, preferable.


Experience Requirements

  • Extensive (8+) years of relevant experience in the utility industry including project management, supervision of a project management, engineering, planning, design, or operations group.
  • Project Management Professional Certification and/or State of Hawaii Professional Engineer License, preferable.


Role: Professional 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday

Work Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Lunch: 30 Minutes

Location: HECO Ward Avenue  – Oahu


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.


The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at


Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Should there be no candidates with this experience, the company may consider applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her education and experience level.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:

This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii