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Energy Optimisation Engineer

Bristol Water
Bristol, South West, BS13 7AT
Closing date
Jan 30, 2023

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Energy Engineering
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering
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Are you passionate about sustainable engineering?

Here at Bristol Water, we deliver over 275 million litres of water to our customers every day. In order treat and distribute such a large volume of water, over the course of the year we use over 80GWh of energy.

Reducing our energy consumption by using it in the most efficient way possible is a huge priority to us, ensuring we continue to operate at least cost and in an environmentally sustainable way.

What will you be doing?

As Energy Optimisation Engineer (EOE), you will provide technical support and guidance to the Operational and Asset Management teams, and ensure that energy management systems are optimally configured and managed.

Instrumental to achieving these goals, is the successful operation of our Intelligent Pumping & Storage Optimisation System (IPSOS). As the EOE, you will be making a significant contribution to this system, which embeds advanced pump scheduling and optimisation software within our existing control systems, acting to minimise imported energy ‘time of use' costs and maximise pump efficiency and optimal source selection.

Further to this you will work closely with the Energy & Carbon Manager in support of other energy saving initiatives with the aim of reducing energy use and improving cost efficiency including installation of renewable energy systems, demand side response schemes and achieving ESOS compliance.

Crucial to the successful management of energy is quantifying and reporting on how much we use and closely controlling costs.

Day to day you'll be…
  • Acting as internal technical support to the live operation of the IPSOS system.
  • Interrogate our systems to provide and verify constraints to IPSOS such as level, flow, pressure, embedded hydraulic models, pump curves, logical network design and energy tariffs;
  • Assist in the investigation and proposal of new opportunities to reduce energy consumption and improve cost efficiency, including support of projects for the installation of renewable technologies such as solar PV;
  • Manage, assure and report on all energy related data and information including those derived from energy billing meters, Bristol Water sub-meters and associated telemetry;
  • Handle technical queries and billing issues from energy suppliers and meter operators alongside our appointed bureau service;
  • Be responsible for running demand side response (DSR) schemes such as the capacity market mechanism;
  • Assist the Energy & Carbon Manager in achieving ESOS compliance, organising site energy audits and carrying out pump efficiency tests.

What we're looking for...
  • Analytical skills for managing and reporting on large datasets
  • Strong technical writing skills (engineering or scientific)
  • Self-starter with an ability to deliver results.
  • Familiarity with pump systems and pump efficiency
  • Understanding of or willingness to learn about hydraulic and/or mass balance optimisation modelling.
  • Familiarity with managing and reporting on energy related data
  • Working knowledge of telemetry systems and corporate systems for management of and reporting on for energy and all other utilities
  • Degree in an engineering/scientific discipline or equivalent level of experience

Importantly, you will need to demonstrate our core values: TRUST, SUPPORT, ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPECT, PROFESSIONALISM, PRIDE and AMBITION.

What's in it for you?

As well as a great opportunity for development in a local company, the role also offers:
  • 10% bonus opportunity
  • 27 days holiday, plus bank holidays (you can also buy/ sell up to 5 days)
  • Pension: We put in 8% if you put in 4%
  • Flexible, supportive friendly working environment
  • Access to flexible benefits and discounts via our portal
  • Opportunity for some home working
  • Free onsite parking when you're in the office

Why Bristol Water?

Since 1846, we've been making people healthier and the economy stronger. We've served generations of families and will serve generations to come.

We're here to have a positive impact on people and the planet for generations. We don't just give people water - we keep them healthy and help them grow. We work around the clock, testing our water hundreds of times every day.

We take this same view with our 600 employees, we don't just give them jobs in water, we keep them healthy and help them grow.

The best of both worlds

We're one of the smallest water companies in the UK. Being small means we're nimble and can achieve things quickly for our customers and our people.

But while we're small, we're also part of a larger family. In June 2021 we became part of the Pennon group, who also own South West Water and Bournemouth Water.

This means that as part of our team, you'll get the best of both worlds - the dynamism and fast pace of a smaller company, along with the security and breadth of opportunity that comes with being part of a large organisation.
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