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I am nervous and excited at the same time.

I have an interview tomorrow for a Utility Scale Solar Engineering position at a large engineering firm. I want my last 10 years as an electrical engineer to mean something for my grandkids and great grandkids.

Update:

Interview went well!

It was a very interesting interview. One of the major hurdles slowing down the momentum of clean energy expansion is the building of the Point of Interconnection (POI) substations between the solar/wind farms and the transmission system. This is traditionally managed by the Utility Transmission Operator. The engineering staffs at these utilities are being overwhelmed with interconnection requests. Some of the major utilities are allowing the renewable EPC contractor and engineering firm to "self build" and manage the interconnection substation project. However, the firm has to be pre-approved by the utility. It is important to get this bottleneck removed, but the substation protection and design has to be designed and coordinated properly. Can you imagine how many hours the Fox propaganda and entertainment network would run a story if a fault in a wind farm or solar farm caused a regional blackout?

The hiring manager that interviewed me said that engineering graduates are flocking to renewable engineering jobs and have been doing so for a while. This made me smile, but it also means that there are 30 year old licensed P.E. solar engineers out in the market that have more utility solar farm experience than I do. However, the relay and substation experience I have gained in the traditional fossil fuel area means this 52 year old electrical engineer will help get these things properly connected to the grid. Plus, the company I am interviewing with is big on cross training and project crossover so I am sure I would be able to be a part of the solar farm teams and I can cross train some of the younger engineers with what I know.

I have an interview with the renewable substation team coming up.

Thanks for everyone's interest.

Thank God!!!

Too harsh?

I just sent this message to Ted Cruz. Maybe I shouldn't have. I have had a couple of beers. Oh well it is how I feel.

Unlike you, I was born and raised in Texas. I will never lie about your Dad or denigrate your wife's looks like our current President did. You have no backbone! I am not liberal, but I believe in Democracy. You do not. You believe in power and are embracing elements of humanity that my father was drafted to fight against. My aim is not to get a response from you. I have zero respect for you. I just want you to know, as a white, Christian, rancher who owns guns, I do not agree with you trying to overturn the will of legitimate elections of multiple states. You disgust me. That is my main message. You are un-Democratic and un-American. That is my opinion. Now go suck up to the guy that denigrated your father and wife.

I just emptied 2 boxes of 12 gauge shells. My shoulder hurts. But I'm HAAAPPPYY!!!

Posted by texasfiddler | Sat Nov 7, 2020, 12:46 PM (3 replies)

For those that can't handle good election news. Please ignore my post please.

[link:https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/in-battleground-states-newly-registered-democrats-are-outnumbering-newly-registered-republicans/vi-BB1aq2w9?ocid=msedgntp|

Unless you are phone banking, I don't want to hear negative shit.

15 million hand written letters to be mailed by thousands of volunteers tomorrow

I only wrote 70. It takes some time to hand write and hand address letters, but the vote forward big send is tomorrow. Thousands of volunteers are calling folks to get to the polls early and to vote by mail early. These letters are designed to get unlikely registered Democratic leaning voters in key states to vote November 3rd. I hope for massive early and mail-in voting and a surge of unlikely Democratic voters on November 3rd. There is a lot of hard "behind the scenes" work going on by the good guys this year.

[link:https://blog.votefwd.org/article/14-the-official-mail-date-is-now-saturday-10-17|

[link:https://blog.votefwd.org/article/9-vote-forward-vs-louis-dejoy|

Cast my vote today in Tejas! Go Biden, Hegar, Vela and all the other Democrats I voted for!

I checked it several times. Didn't vote for one Retrumplican.

The fly will be the main thing remembered

I wasn’t watching the debate and my wife and son were laughing and my son yelled “Dad there is a fly on Pence’s head” we laughed for a few minutes. After it flew off I stopped watching again
Posted by texasfiddler | Wed Oct 7, 2020, 10:27 PM (4 replies)

Trump is largest source of misinformation

for COVID-19. Would more lives be saved if he died?
Posted by texasfiddler | Fri Oct 2, 2020, 02:26 AM (0 replies)
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