Policy Principal – Wholesale Electricity Markets
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. We work to accelerate the move to 100% clean energy and electrified transportation in the U.S. AEE is the only industry association in the U.S. that represents the full range of advanced energy technologies and services, both grid-scale and distributed. Advanced energy includes energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, wind, solar, hydro, electric vehicles, and more. AEE represents more than 100 companies in the $240 billion U.S. advanced energy industry, which employs 3.2 million U.S. workers.
AEE’s mission is transforming public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. We educate, engage, and advocate in more than a dozen states, in wholesale electricity markets, and at the federal level, for executive actions, legislation, and regulations that expand the size and value of markets for advanced energy products and services. We also offer business intelligence products and select business development opportunities to help advanced energy companies grow.
AEE 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 work with other AEE 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 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 engage with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and staff and market participants in existing competitive wholesale electricity markets like PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., ISO New England, and the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), as well as key political and policy players involved in the creation of a regional wholesale electricity market in the Western U.S.
The Policy Principal will monitor and lead the analysis of rulemakings and filings at FERC and market rule reforms under consideration in the stakeholder process of competitive wholesale electricity markets 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 will also manage the development of competitive wholesale markets intelligence provided to subscribers to AEE’s software platform PowerSuite.
The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter with interest and experience in policy and politics, energy markets, and clean energy and climate, and with 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. Candidates should be creative and flexible, able to explain complex topics clearly, and have the ability to move between projects as needed to support AEE’s work in a wide variety of areas. Candidates will need to have the ability to travel (when safe to do so) to meet with AEE members, coalition allies, and public officials, and to participate in wholesale electricity market stakeholder meetings.
- Work with AEE professional services 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 to new 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 AEE’s PowerSuite platform, and deliver weekly newsletter summarizing key events for subscribers.
- Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with AEE staff, members, partners, regulators and policymakers, and key wholesale electricity markets staff and market participants.
- Work with AEE’s communications team to identify opportunities for AEE 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 in support of clean energy goals in wholesale electricity markets.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; Master’s Degree is a plus.
- Minimum of three years of professional experience, with at least some of that experience in policy analysis, policy advocacy, and/or market analysis; some experience with FERC or competitive wholesale electricity markets strongly preferred.
- Experience in the advanced energy industry or clean energy advocacy community is a plus.
- Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit; candidates must be very comfortable working in an environment with remote colleagues, 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, 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 (post pandemic).
Special Application Instructions
Applicants should include a current resume and cover letter expressing interest in this position, organization, and description of relevant experience.
Job type: Remote or in-office in Washington, D.C.; travel as needed
Location: Washington, D.C. preferred; other locations considered
Start Date: Mid-Late July (specific date negotiable)
Salary: Starting at $70,000
Advanced Energy Economy 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. 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.