Job Title: Power Resources Analyst / Power Resources Specialist
Salary: $90,000 to $140,000 per year, commensurate with experience
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Requires California residency. Peninsula Clean Energy is a remote-first work environment with a preference to hire staff that live in or within a 100-mile radius of San Mateo County, CA. Employees will be expected to attend in-person meetings on a monthly to quarterly basis at the Peninsula Clean Energy office in Redwood City. COVID-19 vaccination and boosters required.
Concerned about sustainability and climate change? Want to apply your talents to the fast-growing, vitally important area of clean energy and do meaningful work that helps the community and the environment? Peninsula Clean Energy is a dynamic, not-for-profit governmental organization that seeks a skilled administrative professional who wants to work in a collegial, innovative, and mission-driven environment. Come grow with us as we address climate change and lead the way forward with clean energy solutions. Peninsula Clean Energy has developed a strategic plan, which includes providing 100% renewable energy on a 24/7 basis by 2025 and has released two white papers describing why this goal is important and how we will achieve it. The Power Resource Analyst / Power Resources Specialist will play a key role on the team that makes this ambitious goal a reality.
The Power Resources Analyst or Specialist is an important member of the Power Resources team. The team has a wide range of responsibilities relating to the development and management of Peninsula Clean Energy’s energy supply portfolio to serve customers, meet regulatory requirements, and achieve the agency’s goal to be 100% renewable on a 24/7 basis. This includes procuring renewable and carbon free energy and resource adequacy products, complying with Peninsula Clean Energy’s hedging and portfolio diversification strategies, achieving regulatory and legislative objectives, and maximizing benefits for our customers.
The Power Resources Analyst or Specialist will report to one of the Managers in the Power Resources team, and may support work for other managers and leadership at Peninsula Clean Energy.
This is an entry-level position, and we may hire up to three (3) candidates into this position. We are seeking candidates who are organized, detail-oriented, and eager to learn about Community Choice Energy and the energy industry.
The Power Resources Analyst or Specialist will support the Power Resources team in one or more of our three functional areas: Planning, Procurement, and Operations.
The Power Resources Analyst or Specialist will support senior staff working in these functional areas, and may also lead projects, depending on the candidate’s experience and ability. We are looking for someone who is highly organized, has strong attention to detail and able to manage activities across multiple projects.
The successful candidate(s) will be assigned tasks according to experience, interest, and ability. A single candidate may not be assigned tasks from every functional area, or all of the tasks in a single functional area. Anticipated tasks may include but not limited to:
- Find, compile, and review input data for our models.
- Summarize and analyze load and generation data.
- Use existing models to forecast load and generation.
- Use existing models to evaluate portfolio performance and risk.
- Support development and improvement of our models.
- Support ongoing and future solicitations for energy products, including short-term contracts, long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Resource Adequacy (RA)
- Review and summarize offers for energy products received.
- Prepare bids for external solicitations.
- Correspond with bidders regarding solicitations.
- Support senior staff members with contract negotiation and execution.
- Record executed contracts in a deal capture system.
Operations, Settlement, and Risk Functions:
- Support senior staff in evaluating, optimizing, and reporting on the performance of our load and resources.
- Perform administrative tasks relating to the contract management process for projects in development.
- Support the settlement process for load and generation resources, including:
- Communicate with power suppliers and contractors.
- Receive, file, and process invoices.
- Validate invoices to ensure accurate charges and credits are applied.
- Administer PCE’s renewable energy certificate accounts.
- Work with leadership to resolve disputes with counterparties related to settlements and contract implementation.
- Support Peninsula Clean Energy’s compliance obligations, including:
- Compile and summarize data to support compliance obligations.
- Resolve discrepancies in data.
- Help respond to questions from regulators.
- Support PCE’s compliance with the Green-e certification program.
- Support Peninsula Clean Energy’s Risk Management, including:
- Assist senior staff in evaluating and tracking key risk metrics, including net open position, counterparty credit risk, and market exposure.
- Work with the wider team to implement new processes to support the risk management function.
Help to implement our new software systems, including a cloud data warehouse and deal capture software.
- BA/BS degree in economics, engineering, finance, business, environmental studies, or other related fields. Advanced degree or equivalent experience in engineering, economics, project management, environmental studies, or clean energy business desirable but not required.
- New college graduates and up to three years experience in related work.
- Skilled Excel user.
- Strong time management skills, including the ability to take responsibility for independent work, as well as participate in team efforts.
- Ability to manage multiple priorities, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
- Deliver excellent written products with strong logistical and quantitative analysis.
- Thorough and detail-oriented approach to work. Ability to exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons encountered during the performance of duties. Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy.
- Intrinsic curiosity and motivation to understand new concepts, tackle hard problems, and ask hard questions.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including communicating complex topics to technical and non-technical audiences.
- Be part of a team of committed people.
Desired Skills (Not Required), Qualifications, and Knowledge **
**Candidates without the experiences listed below are encouraged to apply.
- Advanced Excel modeling skills.
- Familiarity and/or experience with Python or SQL.
- Familiarity and/or experience with Google BigQuery and DataStudio.
- Familiar with mission and goals of Peninsula Clean Energy.
- Familiarity with the California energy industry and electric power markets specifically, including organizations such as the CAISO, CPUC, CEC and the CA ARB.
- Knowledge of energy generation technologies, including carbon neutral electric energy, renewable energy and fossil based energy.
- Effective dispute resolution skills, and commercial awareness.
No direct supervisory role anticipated at this time.
REMOTE WORKING MODEL
At the current time, Peninsula Clean Energy has adopted a remote-first policy with work primarily performed from a home office. Office space is available in Redwood City if preferred. Employees are expected to live within 100 miles of the Redwood City office, but exceptions can be made with approval of the employee’s supervisor and the CEO. Employees will be expected to attend in-person meetings on a monthly to quarterly basis.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Compensation commensurate with experience. Peninsula Clean Energy offers a generous benefits package, including:
- Individual, family and domestic partner health insurance.
- Retirement and Employer Matching Contributions.
- Health and dependent care flex spending account.
- Cell phone and internet stipend for remote work.
- Paid Parental Leave.
- Paid Vacation.
Submit application materials to:
with a subject line: “Power Resources Analyst/Specialist: Your Name”
The application materials must include:
- Cover Letter
- Responses to the four Supplemental Questions listed below
Supplemental Questions (approx. 200 words each)
- Please describe how your education and experience have prepared you for this position, and how the position fits into your career goals and aspirations.
- What are two of your core strengths and how would these be valuable to Peninsula Clean Energy.
- Please provide an example of a project you managed that highlights your analytical ability and organizational skills, including a description of the project itself and the steps you employed to effectively manage the project to successful implementation.
- In this position, you will be part of a small, but growing, team of professionals. Describe your experience working as part of a team and indicate how you add value to the team. If you have managed or supervised employees, please describe that experience as well.
Candidates are encouraged to include examples from professional, educational, and/or social experiences.
ABOUT PENINSULA CLEAN ENERGY
Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation agency. It is the official electricity provider for all of San Mateo County and the City of Los Banos. Peninsula Clean Energy’s customer base consists of almost 315,000 accounts, serving a population of 810,000.
Founded in 2016 with a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the county, the agency provides 100% clean energy at lower cost than PG&E. As a community-led, not-for-profit agency, Peninsula Clean Energy makes significant investments in our communities to expand access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Peninsula Clean Energy is on track to deliver electricity that is 100% renewable by 2025.
Peninsula Clean Energy’s mission is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by expanding access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions. This includes providing cleaner power at lower rates with virtually GHG-free power as its standard power service. We have aggressive decarbonization goals including delivering 100% renewable energy on an hourly basis by 2025 and supporting our service territory in reaching comprehensive decarbonization for transportation and buildings by 2035. Peninsula Clean Energy is making significant and growing investments to advance these objectives, providing a full spectrum of programs and pilots to serve the community.
Peninsula Clean Energy is committed to complying with applicable laws, including the Americans with Disability Act and Fair Employment and Housing Act, ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability. Peninsula Clean Energy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, sex or gender (including but not limited to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), genetic information or characteristics, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, marital status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local laws.
The information contained herein has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. The information also does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.
Peninsula Clean Energy is an equal opportunity employer.