Energy Efficiency Wonk
May 2, 2017 8:21 AM

This is a really cool job for the kind of person who thinks nerdy energy efficiency stuff is super cool. The real job title is "Regulatory Analyst, Conservation Improvement Program," but the simple version is that I need an energy policy person to join my staff of talented and smart wonks working on utility energy efficiency programs, because my senior analyst has decided to go to law school.

We're a large natural gas utility. We have a large conservation program (one of the best in the US). We're looking to hire an analyst to support the regulatory oversight and reporting functions related to the conservation program.

It's a great way to get started in the energy efficiency field, and offers opportunities to grow into some pretty interesting policy work. You'd get exposed to most aspects of EE programs, including program design, policy, cost-recovery and the general utility business model for EE, and a lot of other fun stuff.

My ideal candidate would be someone with some experience and exposure to energy conservation and energy efficiency, an understanding of the energy policy landscape and the regulatory process, and decent quantitative skills including cost/benefit analysis. We're not looking for an engineer, but someone with an understanding of technical principles would be good. There is an extent to which brains and motivation can substitute for experience. Critical thinking and strong written and verbal communication skills are key, along with attention to detail - this position needs someone who can move from the nitty-gritty detail level to the 10,000-foot overview and back again.

The formal job description and online application info can be found at www.centerpointenergy.com/careers - search the postings for "Regulatory Analyst, Conservation Improvement Program." I'm happy to answer questions about the position (MeMail is good), but all applications must go through the website. The online application tool is a pain in terms of formatting but you can attach your resume/references/letter/etc as PDFs.

payscale: ~$70k ish
job type: full-time
posted by nickmark to Business/Mgmt

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