Policy Manager, Renewables/Distributed Generation/ Energy Storage

Location: San Diego, Los Angeles or Berkeley, CA

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit organization with offices in San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Boston. We accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient energy solutions via program administration, technical assistance, policy innovation, and other forms of market facilitation. We are uniquely positioned and engaged with a variety of stakeholders and market actors, including policy-makers, state and federal agencies, regional and local governments, utilities, business and civic leaders, and individuals. Our areas of focus include distributed energy resources (renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, fuel cells, combined heat and power) and clean transportation.

Basic Functions:

The Renewables/Distributed Generation/Energy Storage (R/DG/Storage) Policy Manager (PM) is CSE’s policy subject matter expert and lead for engagement with regulatory agencies, including compliance filings, advice letters, and participation in proceedings relevant to R/DG/Storage.  The R/DG/Storage PM will report to the Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs, providing analysis and communication on regulatory and policy issues related to R/DG/Storage for distribution to the Director of Policy and all relevant CSE program staff.  In collaboration with the Policy Team, s/he will facilitate CSE’s regulatory- and policy-related activities in pursuit of the organization’s mission.

Foremost of the duties of the R/DG/Storage PM is to support the DERs Team in their R/DG/Storage communications with the CPUC, CEC, ARB and other agencies.  Under the direction of the Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs, this will involve establishing and maintaining communication and productive working relationships with regulatory agency officials, utility staff and other key stakeholders, including local governments and industry groups.  The R/DG/Storage PM will track proceedings and draft regulatory comments, and manage preparation of policy summaries, web postings and other materials for a variety of stakeholders.  A secondary duty will be to monitor relevant legislative and executive action at the State and Federal levels, in coordination with the Associate Director, Government Affairs.  In addition, the R/DG/Storage PM may serve as a subject matter expert on certain policy areas, including Renewables, DG, Energy Storage, Rate Design/Reform, Net Energy Metering (NEM), and other Demand-side programs as directed by the Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs, or Director of Policy.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Advises the Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs, on all R/DG/Storage regulatory and legislative matters, including interpretation of local, state and federal laws, ordinances and regulations, existing and pending
  • Manages regulatory engagement in R/DG/Storage matters, including participation in relevant proceedings, scheduling, filings, notices and other required deliverables
  • Works with CSE R/DG/Storage program staff to ensure CSE programs follow regulatory and legislative requirements for implementation and reporting
  • Works with CSE R/DG/Storage program staff to identify strategic opportunities for CSE programs to provide additional support to local, state and national clean energy policy goals
  • Represents CSE in regulatory, legislative, policy and other forums
  • In coordination with the Associate Director, Government Affairs, monitors relevant legislative and executive action at the State and Federal levels
  • In coordination with the Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs, provides forward guidance to the Director of Policy on upcoming regulatory and policy developments and priorities, including interpretations of strategic documents and their implication for CSE's mission
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

The ideal candidate:

  • Required Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Public Policy or related discipline/coursework from a four-year college or university; Preferred Master’s degree or Juris Doctorate
  • 5-7 years of policy experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified
  • Required working knowledge of R/DG/Storage subject matter area, with additional expertise in Rate Design/Reform and Net Energy Metering extremely desirable
  • R/DG/Storage market experience a plus
  • Experience with State and local governments a plus
  • Knowledge of CSE Programs an asset
  • Specific knowledge of Senate Bill 1 (Stats. 2006, ch. 132), Assembly Bill 1470 (Stats. 2007, ch. 536), Assembly Bill 217 (Stats. 2013, ch. 609), Senate Bill 861 (Stats. 2014, ch. 35), AB 327 (Stats. 2013, ch. 611), AB 693 (Stats. 2015, ch. 582), SB 350 (Stats. 2015, ch. 547) and related energy statutes and regulation is required
  • Ability to read, analyze, interpret and summarize complex regulatory documents
  • Demonstrated successful ability to navigate regulatory and legislative records
  • Ability to understand and apply relevant policy frameworks and analytical tools to issues
  • Ability to analyze proposed policy changes to understand potential impacts upon CSE and the region
  • Demonstrated successful ability to develop robust policy solutions that meet the identified policy need
  • Ability to write policy and analytical prose that is clear, concise, precise and accessible
  • Strong organizational skills; must be a skillful planner and demonstrate ability to work under strict deadlines
  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, tactfully and persuasively, orally and in writing, to individuals and groups
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, staff, clients and the general public
  • Ability to respond appropriately to external events in a manner consistent with CSE’s plans and strategies
  • Ability to work within an organizational structure that embraces a collaborative and consultative framework for decision-making
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; knows how to deal appropriately and effectively with others
  • Flexibility to respond to changes in priorities and demands for work

CSE is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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