How do you manage a hydroelectric dam on a river that flows through three provinces? What about a collection of solar panels that sit on the border of two countries? Who keeps people from fighting about water use when rain levels are low? In 2030, new ways of producing or distributing renewable energy may cross state lines. Managing these systems will require supervision from a regional grid director who balances technical skills with social and political sensitivity.
The regional grid director’s responsibilities would center around the difficult decisions about who gets what, when they can have it, and how much they will receive.
A regional grid director works with a diverse team to build, maintain, and run grids that act as renewable energy sources. Regional grid directors need to manage competing demands for resources. For example, if a reservoir that supplies drinking water to several cities is running low, someone will need to make a decision calling for everyone to use less water. The regional grid director’s responsibilities would center around the difficult decisions about who gets what, when they can have it, and how much they will receive.
Job Requirements / Skills
Parts of the regional grid director’s job will be technical, so experience with large-scale technical systems would be helpful. However, no matter what the director’s educational background might be – engineering, foreign languages, public administration, geology, or even disaster relief management – his or her most important quality is the ability to balance problem-solving with social skills. They need to be ready and able to handle many demanding, and sometimes conflicting parties.