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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy Policy Analyst in PORTLAND, Oregon

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312189

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings

Group: Energy Policy and Economics

Job Description

The Energy Policy & Economics group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking an Energy Economist\Analyst to join our fast growing Energy Policy Analytics team; the individual will be a task\project leader and technical contributor on a growing team of engineers, researchers, economists, and analysts developing innovative methods to analyze and assess the impact of technologies\systems associated with achieving greater efficiency, optimization, and resiliency of the nation’s energy systems under considerations of the environment. This position will provide technical and leadership support for a suite of research projects and external engagements for PNNL’s Equitable Regulatory Environment thrust area under the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity - Energy Storage Program strategy. In addition, this position will support energy infrastructure modernization projects and programs where additional insight into valuation, regulatory design, tariffs, policy, and utility business models are involved.

The position requires knowledge\experience related to the design and construction of the nation’s electricity infrastructure, storage technologies, analysis, and mechanisms for deployment, and an understanding of the stakeholders, utilities, vendors, and regulatory bodies who are engaged in that technology deployment and related policy implementation.

The individual will work with and provide leadership to project teams that serve as a technical resource and program planners\implementers for market introduction and adoption activities related to electricity infrastructure. The primary sponsor is the Department of Energy offices, and secondary sponsors include smaller agencies, state government, and private organizations. This position offers the opportunity for a broad range of involvement in activities including researching and development of electricity infrastructure related technologies and policies, energy user\operator needs and issues; working with States, program providers, and others as they raise awareness and increase adoption and upgrading of energy infrastructure technologies and policies; identifying and helping develop new and improved tools and resources for addressing energy storage and electricity infrastructure needs; and designing workshops, case studies, programs\training that support the application and use of energy storage technologies and best practices.

The position:

  • Will work with sponsor relationship management, program managers, and the technical group manager to support and lead tasks that are required to be completed on time and within budget. There will be direct interface with sponsors and their subcontractors to gather data, and plan and implement activities.

  • Will be responsible for presentation of program results to clients and others; from time to time, travel requirements may be as high as 25%.

  • Will be expected to attend conferences and present results of work, as well as support energy storage education in public forums and via invited presentations.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Energy Policy Analyst – Level II

Building reputation through application of technical principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges.

Building networks at a local and capability level. Effectively teaming to share resources and optimize research at the group and division

level. Mentoring junior staff and students.

Energy Policy Analyst – Level III

Established local reputation with specialization in at least one technical domain. Making key contributions in setting technical direction. Developing and optimizing capabilities at the division level. Developing external reputation. Building effective project teams with membership across a group, technical domain and/or directorate. Contributing to the local organization through mentorship of junior staff and taking on operational assignments.

Minimum Qualifications

The individual must be an active and growing analyst, scientist, engineer, or economist in electricity infrastructure analysis, valuation, and regulatory approaches (especially in the energy storage area). Individual must have the demonstrated ability to apply energy principles, theories and concepts in the fields of electricity infrastructure technology and policy.

Energy Policy Analyst – Level II

B.S. degree with 2+ years of experience, M.S. degree with 1 year of experience, or a Ph.D. with experience.

Energy Policy Analyst – Level III

B.S. degree with 5+ years of experience, M.S. degree with 3 years of experience, or a Ph.D. with 1 year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or Master’s degree in energy science & engineering, policy analysis, or economics and at least 3 years’ experience; or equivalent education/experience related to: energy storage technologies, analysis, and valuation; energy regulation/policy development, electric grid planning tools and processes, and extensive knowledge of best practices in electricity infrastructure technologies and policies preferred.

  • Strong analysis skills and/or experience with activities that promote technologies and best practices for energy storage are desired.

  • Strong, demonstrated writing capabilities and the ability to present information clearly and capably in a public setting.

  • The person will have previous experience in the energy storage sector, electricity infrastructure industry and working for or with utilities, vendors, and state/local government.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Administration/Specialist/Support

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Opening Date: 2021-06-01

Closing Date: 2021-07-01

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