Renewable Energy Analyst – Peninsula Clean Energy

Job Description

Job Title: Renewable Energy Analyst – Peninsula Clean Energy
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 05/03/17 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: Negotiable
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: San Mateo County, California
Are you interested in working for a cutting-edge start-up company that is doing something NOW for the environment? Do you possess the technical skills to help launch a community choice energy program? Do you live in the San Francisco Bay Area?  Have you recently graduated with an advanced degree in engineering, environmental science or business administration? If so, please apply for this amazing opportunity to be part of the solution – Renewable Energy Analyst for Peninsula Clean Energy in Redwood City, California.

PCE is searching for a Renewable Energy Analyst, with a demonstrated track record of success to assist in analyzing the power resources and energy programs for this start-up public agency. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the largest community choice energy (CCE) program to date in the state of California and have a large impact to increase renewable energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for this geographic area. More information is available at peninsulacleanenergy.com.

Peninsula Clean Energy
PCE is the community choice energy program for San Mateo County. A CCE program gives communities the option to decide the type of electricity they use.  A community can form a non-profit public agency to pool the electricity demand of residents and businesses and buy power on their behalf and with their interests in mind.

PCE is the electricity provider for all electricity accounts in the 20 communities in San Mateo County (Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, and Woodside) as well as the unincorporated county. The city councils of each city were all unanimous in their support of joining PCE!

This customer base includes almost 300,000 accounts, serving a population of 765,000, with a total electrical load of almost 4 million megawatt-hours. Residential customers make up about 270,000 of the accounts, and 37% of the electrical load, with commercial/industrial making up about 30,000 accounts and 63% of the electrical load. PCE launched in October 2016, and has just executed Phase 2 to bring 100% of the customers online.  Other CCE programs are operating in Marin County, Sonoma County, the City of Lancaster, San Francisco City and County, Santa Clara County, Humboldt County, and the City of Apple Valley.

Summary
The Renewable Energy Analyst works under the direction of the Director of Power Resources and supports other managers at PCE, as well as the Chief Executive Officer.  In this capacity, the Renewable Energy Analyst has a wide range of responsibilities for advancing PCE’s power procurement, contract management and compliance programs, as well as strategic studies. Results of the Renewable Energy Analyst’s studies are presented to senior management, the PCE Board of Directors, key customers, stakeholders and community members.

Class Characteristics
The Renewable Energy Analyst works closely with the Director of Power Resources and other PCE leadership and staff in some or all functions related to power supply planning, load forecasting, energy procurement, risk management, market monitoring, regulatory compliance and settlements. The individual in this position will develop significant subject matter expertise in PCE’s operations, and will be required to work independently on various projects as they come up, including topical research, model building, and process improvement.

 Examples Of Duties:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support power procurement in close collaboration with the Director of Power Resources and other managers
  • Review and analyze proposals for electric power supply (conventional, renewable and carbon-free energy, resource adequacy, congestion revenue rights, and ancillary services) submitted to PCE by developers and brokers and provide summary information for staff and technical team
  • Assist with the administration of other power procurement processes and the assessment of unsolicited proposals
  • Assist with creation of materials to facilitate Board review of potential supplier agreements include staff reports, supporting information, and presentation materials
  • Participate in PCE’s Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process
  • Prepare mandatory reporting and compliance reports related to PCE power supply, including those required by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the Department of Energy (DOE), and others
  • Assist in the development and implementation of innovative local wholesale and retail-based renewable energy programs, such as feed-in tariffs, electric vehicle and energy storage programs; conduct research on studies of potential benefits and costs of, and studies of similar programs in other states and countries
  • Conduct research and other due diligence to compile relevant information related to power procurement as needed for staff, technical consultants, legal consultants and Board members
  • Assist in developing knowledge of regulatory/legislative trends and changes as well as current and future market conditions
  • Assist in monitoring, management, and auditing of counterparties with regard to project performance and contract compliance, including contract milestones, conditions precedent and deliverables
  • Conduct research and develop models to identify opportunities for portfolio optimization, budget savings, congestion cost avoidance and project development
  • Develop and manage tools to track and validate power resource related invoices from power suppliers, scheduling coordinators, and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and prepare related reports to management and the technical team
  • Develop market and portfolio models and analyze PCE’s power supply position to effectively monitor and manage exposure to adverse market changes
  • Assist in preparation and presentation of information and recommendations to assist PCE staff and Board in assessing and identifying “best fit” power procurement opportunities for PCE
  • Support management of PCE’s various renewable energy certificate accounts within the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS)
 Qualifications:
Experience/Education
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, economics, environmental planning or a related field with two to four years of experience.  Master’s degree in engineering, environmental science or business administration is desirable.  Experience working with software tools and applications relevant to the energy/utility industry is highly desirable.Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong quantitative skills, including expertise with Microsoft Office and data analytics tools
  • Effective communication of results of quantitative and statistical analysis to others
  • Knowledge of energy generation technologies, including carbon neutral electric energy, conventional energy and renewable energy
  • Efficient implementation of projects and utilization of time with a high level of attention to detail
  • High-quality writing, research and communication of work products
  • Clear oral communications and presentations
  • Management of multiple priorities and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment
 Application/Examination:
This recruitment is being conducted in collaboration with the County of San Mateo. 
The employer of the position is Peninsula Clean Energy.  PCE offers a competitive salary and benefits package.The selection process will consist of two parts: an application screening and a panel interview. The application screening is weighted as pass/fail and is based on the candidates’ application materials.  Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview, weighted at 100%.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please complete the required sections of the online application and attach the following items in PDF format using the County’s online application system at http://jobs.smcgov.org. If you are currently on the County website, you may click the “Apply” button. Emailed submissions or incomplete application materials will not be accepted.

    1. Cover letter expressing interest in the position and salary requirements
    2. Resume
    3. Responses to the following topics:
    4. Why are you interested in the Renewable Energy Analyst role at Peninsula Clean Energy?
    5. How will working at Peninsula Clean Energy help you achieve your career goals?
    6. What are two of your core strengths and how would these be valuable to Peninsula Clean Energy?
    7. Peninsula Clean Energy is investigating options for community-based “solar plus storage” programs in San Mateo County.  How would you go about evaluating these options?

Recruitment Timeline
Final Date for Submitting Application Materials: 

    1. May 3, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

Application Screening:

    1. May 4, 2017

Panel Interviews (tentative): 

    1. May 10, 2017

Finalist Interviews (tentative):

    1. May 11, 2017
    1. For questions regarding this position, please contact Chet Overstreet at (650) 363-4385.
    Please note: although the County is conducting the recruitment for PCE, this position is not a County position.

 

East Bay Community Energy Seeks Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will report to the Board of Directors of East Bay Community Energy and will provide strategic leadership and direct all activities within the organization.

The CEO will coordinate all aspects of launching and operating the Community Choice program, and building it into an innovative enterprise that benefits Alameda County residents and businesses.

The CEO will have responsibility over the functional areas of power procurement, integrated resource planning, energy infrastructure development, internal operations, marketing, customer service, community stakeholder relations, finance, and regulatory and legislative affairs.

The CEO will work with numerous stakeholders including County residents, businesses, labor representatives, community groups, government officials, other CCA programs, regulatory bodies, and energy and utility experts. The CEO will utilize a combination of EBCE staff and contractor support, as may be needed to perform the required functions of EBCE.

The complete job notice is downloadable here.