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Policy Principal - Wholesale Electric Markets - MISO & SPP

Advanced Energy Economy

Advanced Energy Economy

United States
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

About Advanced Energy United

Advanced Energy United educates, engages, and advocates for policies that allow our member companies to compete to repower our economy with 100% clean energy. We work with decision makers at every level of government as well as regulators of energy markets to achieve this goal. The businesses we represent are lowering consumer costs, creating thousands of new jobs every year, and providing the full range of clean, efficient, and reliable energy and transportation solutions. The U.S. market for advanced energy products and services reached nearly $375 billion in 2022. Together, we are united in our mission to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy in the United States.

If you’re an entrepreneurial, innovative, analytical and thoughtful person looking to make an impact in the clean energy space, United might be the perfect place for you to share your talents. Team members at United are given the trust and responsibility to make big things happen, and myriad opportunities to learn new skills, explore new issue areas, and work with a broad cross section of the clean energy community. Being a team member at United also means working with a talented and diverse group of people, some who bring decades of experience spanning advocacy, philanthropy, clean tech, government and more—and our collaborative approach means we get to learn from each other, expert and novice, every day. And while our organization is fully remote, we are proud of the people-focused culture we have built and the connectedness of our team.

We work on serious issues, take our mission seriously, but never take ourselves too seriously.

Position Description

Advanced Energy United (United) is currently seeking a Policy Principal with strong analytical abilities and excellent writing and communications skills with interest and experience in policy advocacy to join our wholesale electricity markets team. The Policy Principal will help expand our engagement in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) markets. The Policy Principal will work with other United team members to execute multi-year strategies and campaigns designed to transform wholesale electricity markets to support the U.S. transition to 100% clean energy. This also includes attending relevant stakeholder meetings to track market developments and processes as well as build relationships with MISO and SPP staff, market participants, and other stakeholders. This work will focus on changing the rules governing how existing competitive wholesale electricity markets operate to support the growth of clean energy resources and the retirement of aging incumbent technologies, and on expanding competitive wholesale electricity markets to areas where they do not currently exist.

The Policy Principal will monitor and help to lead the engagement and analysis of market rule reforms under consideration in the stakeholder process of competitive wholesale electricity markets and on rulemakings and filings at FERC to assess their impact on the growth of advanced energy technologies. The Policy Principal will prepare advocacy materials (comments, presentations, letters, fact sheets, etc.) to support adoption of key wholesale power market design and rules changes needed to expand advanced energy technologies, and to ensure rejection of market design and rule changes that would discriminate against advanced energy technologies. The Policy Principal will also engage in related work with priority state regulators and policymakers who are key influencers in wholesale markets, and in political and policy campaigns to expand transmission infrastructure to support clean energy deployment. The Policy Principal may also manage the development of competitive wholesale markets intelligence provided to subscribers to United’s software platform Insight Engine (formerly PowerSuite).

The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter with interest and experience in policy and politics, wholesale energy markets, clean energy, and climate. The candidate will have a balanced skill set that includes comfort with quantitative and qualitative analysis of complex economic and technical materials, strong writing and communications skills, and an ability to work directly with members and policymakers. We seek a mix of market experience and knowledge of wholesale market issues as well as coalition-building skills. Candidates should be creative and flexible, able to explain complex topics clearly, and have the ability to prioritize and move between projects as needed to support United’s work in a wide variety of areas. Candidates will need to have the ability to travel to meet with United members, coalition allies, and public officials, and to participate in wholesale electricity market stakeholder meetings.

Responsibilities

· Work collaboratively with United team members to develop and execute strategies and campaigns to accelerate achievement of 100% clean energy in competitive wholesale electricity markets, and to expand competitive wholesale markets in the MISO and SPP regions.

· Draft comments and create reports, presentations, fact sheets, and other written and visual materials needed for education and advocacy efforts and deliver verbal presentations as necessary.

· Manage the tracking and analysis of wholesale markets policy developments around the country, providing intelligence and insights using United’s Insight Engine platform; may also require delivering weekly newsletter summarizing key events for subscribers.

· Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with United staff, members, partners, regulators and policymakers, and key wholesale electricity markets staff and market participants.

· Work with United’s communications team to identify opportunities for United to seek earned media coverage, including earned media, op-eds, editorial board meetings, etc., in key media outlets.

· Engage in coordination and advocacy efforts with coalition allies, attend and participate in MISO and SPP stakeholder meetings, engage members, build coalitions, and advance priorities in support of clean energy goals in wholesale electricity markets.

Required Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; Master’s Degree is a plus.

· 4-6 years of professional experience, with at least two of those years of experience in policy analysis, policy advocacy, and/or market analysis; some experience with FERC or competitive wholesale electricity markets and stakeholder processes strongly preferred.

· Experience in the advanced energy industry or clean energy advocacy community is a plus.

· Independent self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit; candidates must be very comfortable working with colleagues in a remote environment, creating new projects, building their own calendar, and delivering on high expectations.

· Must be comfortable working with and learning about complex economic and technical subjects and have the ability to distill them into easy-to-digest takeaways.

· Strong interpersonal skills required; candidates must be able to successfully develop and maintain productive relationships with members, industry stakeholders, policymakers, and other key contacts.

· Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, required—inclusive of public speaking.

· Intellectual curiosity, inquisitive nature, quantitative and analytical skills, and excellent listening and problem-solving skills.

· Experience in advancing a policy agenda and/or working with business leaders is a plus.

· Willingness to travel as needed (up to 30%).

Job type: Full-time, regular (residence in the U.S. required)

Location: Remote (midwestern states highly preferred)

Salary: Starting at $70,000

Start date: February 2024

Advanced Energy United Perks include:

· Medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their families,

· Medical premiums covered for employees at 100%

· Flexible spending plans for health care and dependent care

· Profit Sharing opportunities, and annual merit-based compensation increases

· $50/month personal wellness reimbursement

· $50/month phone stipend

· Accrued Paid Time Off, 11 Federal Holidays, and an annual end-of-year closure

· Parental Leave

· Tuition reimbursement and professional development reimbursement

· 401(k) plan (with matching incentives)

· WMATA Transit SmartBenefits (DMV employees

Advanced Energy United is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. If reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in the job application, interview process, and/ or to perform essential job functions please contact the Talent Acquisition team at careers@advancedenergyunited.org. We are committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice across our organization (“DEIJ”). We also incorporate these values into our mission of making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. We know that varied perspectives and a commitment to social justice are needed to succeed in making the United States an advanced energy economy. We commit to building and supporting an inclusive workforce that represents different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints.