Current Open Positions:

Job Title:        Manager, Distributed Energy Resource Strategy
Salary:             To be determined, based on experience
Job Type:       Full-Time
Location:        Redwood City, California

PENINSULA CLEAN ENERGY Peninsula Clean Energy is a joint powers authority formed by the County of San Mateo and each of its 20 cities to offer greener electricity to its residents and businesses to meet local climate action goals. Peninsula Clean Energy is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of a representative from the governing body of each member community. The principal purpose of Peninsula Clean Energy is to implement a Community Choice Energy program for its member communities. Peninsula Clean Energy purchases electricity from clean generation sources (such as solar, wind and hydropower) on behalf of customers in its service area. Electricity is delivered over the existing distribution system, which will continue to be owned and operated by the current electric utility. Implementing Peninsula Clean Energy’s program helps achieve local community climate actions goals. Peninsula Clean Energy serves approximately 295,000 accounts as of December 2019. 

THE POSITION 

The Manager of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Strategy will create and implement a DER strategy for one of California’s largest CCAs covering the full range of DER resources including generation, storage, and demand response. This is an exciting opportunity to increase local renewable energy usage, improve local energy resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area. This person will work under the supervision of the Director of Power Resources and in close collaboration with the Director of Energy Programs, Director of Marketing, and the Director of Customer Care. The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of directly related experience. More information is available below and at www.peninsulacleanenergy.com

Since Peninsula Clean Energy aims to pursue a leadership role in the energy sector in California, an entrepreneurial, forward thinking approach is a success factor in this role. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Peninsula Clean Energy has a goal to meet 100% of our customer’s load with renewable energy by 2025 and we expect implementation of DERs to play a significant role in meeting this goal. The Manager of DER Strategy will create a distributed generation strategy and launch procurement efforts to deploy DERs in San Mateo County. The Manager of DER Strategy will work closely with key internal and external stakeholders (including developers, technology providers, site hosts, regulators, and board members), coordinate local community-based renewable/GHG-free energy projects, and participate in Board of Directors meetings as well as community events. The Manager of DER Strategy is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with these key stakeholder groups, and for communicating Peninsula Clean Energy’s central messages consistently. 

Key duties include: 

Program Design: Support design and launch of DER programs, including defining objectives, evaluating program options, developing justifications for proposed strategies, soliciting and taking input from stakeholders to refine strategies, developing of operational processes and implementing best practices related to DER aggregation. Develop and execute requests for proposals (RFPs). 

Project Management: Implement projects from planning stage through close-out, including negotiating contracts, developing and adhering to budgets, managing multiple consultants and contracts, assessing vendor budget and timelines, evaluating effectiveness and quality of work, recommending remedial actions when needed and integrating projects into larger resource planning framework. 

Marketing and Customer Acquisition: Coordinate with the Marketing and Customer Care teams to recruit customers to participate in DER programs, publicize program opportunities, and develop marketing materials for individual customers and industry groups. Work with local government partners to identify and catalog opportunities for DERs across San Mateo County. 

Measurement, Analytics, and Verification: Develop indicators to measure program effectiveness, evaluate economic impacts, and analyze program outcomes. Modify implementation activities as needed to engage in continual improvement and develop and implement verification protocols to support cost and environmental effectiveness claims. Document and disseminate program results to other entities interested in replicating program successes through reports, presentations and conferences and meetings. 

Funding Acquisition: Secure outside funding from local / regional / state funding sources to support and expand DER program portfolio, as needed. Track, assess and develop grant proposals. 

Regulatory/Market Expertise: Serve as subject matter expert on DER related issues, including following key compliance and regulatory proceedings at CPUC, CAISO, FERC, and other relevant arenas. 

Written Reports and Oral Presentations: Write reports and make oral presentations to Peninsula Clean Energy’s Board of Directors, Board Committees, executive management, customers and industry groups. Serve as a public spokesperson at events including developing talking points, external materials, speaking at events. 

The position does not supervise any subordinates at this time, but this may change as Peninsula Clean Energy grows. The position will require team leader responsibilities and may have oversight responsibility for external contractors depending on the project. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

The ideal candidate would have: 

Education and Experience: 

  • Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering, environmental planning or a related field. 
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities described above including working at a project developer, on DER programs in the utility industry, and/or with a CCA program. 
  • Master’s degree in above fields is a plus and will be considered as one (1) year of experience towards the minimum. 

Experience and Knowledge of: 

  • Direct experience designing and developing DER installations including evaluating site locations, estimating system output, analyzing costs and benefits, and familiarity with interconnection policies and procedures, and DER system design. 
  • Deeply familiar with the DER landscape including DER technologies, contracting structures, local, state, and federal policy, funding sources and opportunities, and best practices for procurement design and implementation. 
  • Existing relationships with a significant number of DER stakeholders, developers and decision makers. 
  • A successful history developing new business, including identifying opportunities, building partnerships, developing proposals, and executing projects to completion with well-thought-out scopes of work and budgets. 
  • Knowledge of power purchase agreement structures, general terms and conditions and excellent negotiation skills. 
  • Experience writing or responding to Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and other procurement processes for renewable energy projects. 
  • Experience building financial models to evaluate and analyze the costs and benefits of different renewable energy structures, including PPAs, leases, and ownership models. 
  • Familiarity with energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, microgrids, and distributed generation; willingness to work with subject matter experts. 
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements and opportunities including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as others. 
  • The operation of California’s electricity system, from behind the meter (BTM) applications up through CAISO wholesale markets, including DER aggregation 
  • The CCA business model and the ability to articulate how DER programs support that model 

Ability to: 

  • Produce exceptional written products with strong logistical and quantitative analysis. 
  • Communicate effectively verbally about complex topics in easy to understand presentations before the Board, staff and other audiences. 
  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, effective dispute resolution, and commercial awareness. 
  • Manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment. 
  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts within Peninsula Clean Energy and the greater CCE community. 
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented; demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy. 
  • Work as needed to attend evening and weekend meetings and presentations. 
  • Travel throughout the region to attend meetings and functions. 
  • Establish and maintain effective, professional working relationships with customers, commercial partners, Peninsula Clean Energy staff, Citizens Advisory Committee, and Board of Directors. 
  • Work with intermediate and advanced MS Office functions, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. 
  • Work with tools including Gantt charts and project management tools, CRMs and other advanced project tools. 
  • A high tolerance for uncertainty but know how to bring things to resolution 
  • Be part of a team of committed people. 

PHYSICAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS 

ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a typical office setting with exposure to computer screens and at public events (fairs, meeting rooms, farmers’ markets, etc.) with moderate noise and will require some evening and weekend work. The noise level in the work environment is usually typical of an office environment and public events. 

PHYSICAL: While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit, walk, and stand; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; reach with hands and arms. Employees are occasionally required to walk, and stand for prolonged periods; stoop, bend, kneel and twist; and may lift up to 20 pounds. Employees must be able to communicate in person, in writing, and by telephone with Board members, management, co-workers, vendors, consultants, and with the public in face-to-face, one-on-one, and group settings.

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 
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • Paid Vacation 
  • Other benefits 

Application and Selection Process 

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit the items listed below in PDF format to hr@peninsulacleanenergy.com

Application Materials: 

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position 
  • Resume 
  • Complete and thoughtful responses to the Supplemental Topics identified below

SUPPLEMENTAL TOPICS 

  1. Please describe how your education and experience have prepared you for this position, and how the position fits into your career goals and aspirations. Specifically, describe your experience and / or knowledge of procuring or developing distributed generation projects.
  1. One of the duties of this position will be implementing Peninsula Clean Energy’s Resiliency Strategy. Please describe what you think are the biggest challenges facing Peninsula Clean Energy in implementing this strategy. Please be specific. As part of your response, describe how you have managed similar challenges in a similar position, and how you have assisted your prior employer in navigating similar challenges.
  1. Describe how you would evaluate the viability and value of a proposed DER project. 
  2. Peninsula Clean Energy’s current goal is to develop 20 MW of new DER in San Mateo 

County by 2025. Please describe how you would evaluate whether this is an appropriate goal and how you would develop a strategy to implement this goal. 

PENINSULA CLEAN ENERGY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. 

Job Title:              Regulatory Analyst
Salary:                  To be determined, based on experience
Job Type:             Full-Time
Location:             Redwood City, California

PENINSULA CLEAN ENERGY
Peninsula Clean Energy is a joint powers authority formed by the County of San Mateo and each of its 20 cities to offer greener electricity to its residents and businesses to meet local climate action goals. PCE is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of a representative from the governing body of each member community.

The principal purpose of PCE is to implement a Community Choice Energy program for its member communities. PCE purchases electricity from clean generation sources (such as solar, wind and hydropower) on behalf of customers in its service area. Electricity is still delivered over the existing distribution system, which will continue to be owned and operated by the current electric utility. Implementing PCE’s program helps achieve local community climate actions goals. PCE serves approximately 304,000 accounts as of June 2019.

THE POSITION

The Regulatory Analyst works under the general direction of the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs and has responsibility for a wide range of Peninsula Clean Energy’s regulatory matters. The Regulatory Analyst evaluates proposed regulatory policies at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state agencies to assess the impact on PCE, develops PCE positions on issues, and develops analyses, written reports, and presentation materials to support PCE’s position. The Regulatory Analyst represents PCE regarding regulatory issues at the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA), the trade association representing community choice energy programs. This position performs related work and other analytic tasks for PCE as required.

The Regulatory Analyst works independently to perform assignments under the general direction described above. Since PCE aims to pursue a leadership role in the energy sector in California, an entrepreneurial, forward thinking approach is a success factor in this role. The incumbent participates as a PCE representative before various regulatory agencies, including the CPUC, in matters affecting community choice aggregators (CCAs) and other electric utilities, including ratemaking and rulemaking proceedings. The Regulatory Analyst is tasked with reviewing and drafting comments and briefs, providing technical and/or analytic input on regulatory matters, preparing data requests, testimony, and hearing exhibits, and participating in administrative hearings.

The position does not supervise any subordinates but will require team leader responsibilities and may have oversight responsibility for external contractors depending on the project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop high-level policy and responses for key regulatory issues affecting PCE, including strategy and prioritization of regulatory action for management consideration
  • Represent PCE in regulatory proceedings through preparation of comments, data requests, written responses, position papers, analytical models, testimony, and exhibits
  • Track, review, analyze, and summarize filings prepared by utilities and other entities that could impact PCE and its customers
  • Track, analyze, and interpret regulatory proposals and other policy issues with an eye toward impact on and response from PCE
  • Under direction of management, work closely with technical experts and external regulatory counsel to develop effective and persuasive communications before the CPUC, California Energy Commission, California Legislature, and any other legal or regulatory body as required
  • Under direction of management, represent PCE in work with other CCAs, at CalCCA and in other stakeholder proceedings, including coalition building and collaboration with stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate would have:

Education and Experience:

  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration, Communications, or a related field, and at least three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in regulatory affairs at an electric utility, energy-related company, non-profit, regulatory agency, or public policy organization with emphasis on electric procurement issues, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy policy generally, or closely related field.
  • Master’s in above fields is a plus and will be considered as one (1) year of experience towards the minimum.

Knowledge of:

  • California electric utility regulatory issues covering topics such as the utility rates and rate design, Energy Resource Recovery Account proceedings and accounting, Power Charge Indifference Adjustment proceedings and accounting, general rate case proceedings, electric vehicle policy, energy storage policy, low-income/disadvantaged communities’ programs and policies, and demand response programs and policies
  • General CPUC regulatory practice, protocol, and procedures
  • California Independent System Operator (CAISO) stakeholder initiatives and other processes
  • California Energy Commission (CEC) proceedings, regulations, and funding processes
  • California Air Resources Board (ARB) rulemakings and regulations as they relate to the energy sector
  • Familiarity with CCAs and other competitive providers of energy and programs
  • Communications portals and web-based resources for regulatory activity
  • Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with energy sector modeling platforms such as SERVM, RESOLVE, & PLEXOS

Ability to:

  • Manage multiple priorities and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts within PCE and the greater CCE community
  • Write skillfully, especially related to regulatory filings, briefings, and related regulatory correspondence
  • Communicate effectively verbally about complex topics in easy to understand presentations before the Board, staff and other audiences
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented
  • Work accurately and swiftly under pressure
  • Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy at all times
  • Travel to within the state to attend meetings and other events is required

PHYSICAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS

ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a typical office setting with exposure to computer screens and at public events (fairs, meeting rooms, farmers’ markets, etc.) with moderate noise and will require some evening and weekend work. The noise level in the work environment is usually typical of an office environment and public events.

PHYSICAL: While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit, walk, and stand; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; reach with hands and arms. Employees are occasionally required to walk, and stand for prolonged periods; stoop, bend, kneel and twist; and may lift up to 20 pounds. Employees must be able to communicate in person, in writing, and by telephone with Board members, management, co-workers, vendors, consultants, and with the public in face-to-face, one-on-one, and group settings.

Salary and Benefits
Compensation commensurate with experience. PCE 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
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Paid Vacation
  • Other benefits

Application and Selection Process
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit the items listed below in PDF format to hr@peninsulacleanenergy.com.

Application Materials:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • Resume
  • A Writing Sample as described below
  • Complete and thoughtful responses to the Supplemental Topics identified below

WRITING SAMPLE INFORMATION

  • Along with your cover letter expressing interest in this position, your resume, and responses to the supplemental topics listed below, please attach an example of your professional writing that best demonstrates your qualifications as someone with superior writing skills, especially related to regulatory filings, briefings, legislative correspondence, position papers, analytical models, testimonies, exhibits, etc.  Information can be redacted as appropriate.

SUPPLEMENTAL TOPICS

  1. Provide a narrative summary of your qualifications for the position of Regulatory Analyst
  2. One of the duties of this position will be evaluating proposed regulatory policies at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to assess the impact on Peninsula Clean Energy. Please provide a specific example of your experience evaluating and analyzing proposed regulatory policies for their impacts on a business or industry.
  3. Describe your experience representing an agency before regulatory agencies and trade associations in such matters as ratemaking proceedings, rulemakings, and proposed rules and regulations.
  4. Describe what you think are the biggest challenges facing CCAs in the present regulatory and business environment within California.  Please be specific.  As part of your response, describe how you have managed similar challenges in a similar position, and how you have assisted your prior employer in navigating similar challenges.

Peninsula Clean Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.