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Guidehouse Job Opportunity: Technology Insights Managing Consultant

Guidehouse


Posted May 15, 2024

What You Will Do
Operating in a Senior Research Analyst role, the successful candidate will serve as the main point of contact for Insights’ clients across the utility and connected DER industry. They will also be primarily responsible for building and maintaining a portfolio of research and analysis aligned with clients’ needs. This role aligns to the Managing Consultant level and will play a lead role in growing Guidehouse Insights’ utility and DER industry profile as well as acting as a primary research point of contact for US utility key account teams.

The successful candidate will bring utility and technology specific expertise and a general understanding of the impacts of emerging technologies, services, and competitive threats as well as relevant policy and regulatory issues facing the industry. This is a high visibility role and the successful candidate will be expected to speak confidently and intelligently about industry trends and challenges, including decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization transitions.

Acting as the primary point of contact for clients and developing excellent client relationships, this role will actively participate in proactive business development initiatives, manage inbound client requests, and coordinate responses across a matrixed team organization. The candidate should demonstrate the flexibility to pivot and respond quickly to a dynamic and evolving company culture and broader energy transition landscape.

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City of Seattle Job Opportunity: Training Strategy and Delivery Specialist

City of Seattle


Posted May 15, 2024

Position Description
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. 

City Light’s 2023-2028 Strategic Plan identified the implementation of “Time-of-Use” (TOU) rates as a key new program initiative to expand customer service options. Seattle City Council approved City Light’s plan to roll out customer options in multiple phases over the next few years. The new TOU Program will offer residential and small/medium general service customers new rate choices that will enable businesses and residents to save money by shifting when they use power. The TOU Program includes delivering two major information technology (IT) projects or “components” to help customers understand, manage, and reduce their energy use at specific times of the day:  

  1. Advanced View Usage in the Portal, allowing for customer interval data access. (completed November 2023)
  2. Customer Insights Solution: Energy Use & Rate Options Platform (e.g. calculator & self-serve rate comparison information) 

City Light is recruiting for a 35-month term limited assignment (TLT) for a Training Strategy and Delivery Specialist resource. This position is benefits eligible and currently has a hybrid work schedule.

This individual will collaborate with the SCL business owners, project functional analysts, IT partners, project leadership and team members to support our front-line staff who utilize our customer technology systems.
   
The Training Strategy and Delivery Specialist will be responsible for developing a staff training program for TOU. The specialist will design and conduct a needs analysis before building the TOU training program and will ensure it aligns with business objectives and meets the needs of various audiences across SCL. The specialist will also build course materials and teaching aids and advise on best practices for teaching diverse adult learners. This position will report to the Customer Technology Solutions, Sr Mgr.

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Clean Transportation, Senior Manager (Remote - US)

Clean Energy


Posted May 13, 2024

Energy Solutions is currently seeking a full-time Senior Manager, Clean Transportation to join our Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) team. In this role you will play a key role in Energy Solutions’ Clean Transportation practice, leading a large, complex program to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, helping oversee a portfolio of smaller projects and teams, and supporting DERs Directors in developing proposals to grow the practice area.

Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Project management of a large-scale incentive program to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, including managing the project schedule, budget, and a multidisciplinary team to execute the work.
  • Providing subject matter expertise in electric vehicle and clean transportation technology, markets, and policy.
  • Supervision of activities involving multiple, complex projects or programs.
  • Staff management and supervision.
  • Marketing and business development support.
  • Financial planning and reporting.
  • Developing and maintaining client relationships.

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Revolutionizing Virtual Power Plant Capabilities, Virtual Peaker Launches First-of-Its-Kind and Only Topline Demand Control Solution

Virtual Peaker

The solution allows distributed energy resources to be fully utilized, relied upon, and available to stabilize the grid with dependable and precise accuracy.

Posted May 10, 2024

May 7, 2024; Louisville, KY – Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based distributed energy technology company that empowers utilities to build the grid of the future and meet global decarbonization goals, today launched the first-of-its-kind Topline Demand Control solution for utilities. The technology maximizes the potential of distributed energy resources (DERs), ensuring they can effectively provide grid stability, when required, with dependable and precise accuracy.

Topline Demand Control allows utilities to specify and harness an exact amount of demand during a precise period of time while optimizing around device, customer, and program constraints. While traditional virtual power plants (VPPs) manage DERs collectively, Topline Demand Control revolutionizes DER aggregation by optimizing device outputs to achieve an operator-specified load shape. This guarantees precise and predictable load shaping, shifting the paradigm in flexible load management with its ability to provide a variable topline power output—resembling a supply block to grid operators.

“Topline Demand Control brings our aspiration of establishing an authentic virtual peaker plant to fruition. When I founded our company [Virtual Peaker] nine years ago, the ultimate vision was to grant utilities the same level of control over demand as they have over a gas turbine generator,” said Dr. William “Bill” Burke, Founder and CEO of Virtual Peaker. “Topline Demand Control realizes this vision by empowering operators to define their desired load shape during load management events and utilize optimization-based controls to achieve them.”

This solution utilizes AI and machine learning to leverage and optimize control over DERs, starting with batteries and, in the coming months, adding other smart devices like thermostats and EVs to:

  • Accurately account for total available DER capacity
  • Remove DER event calling uncertainty
  • Reliably manage DERs at scale
  • Save costs, stack value, and defer system upgrades

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

 

Winners of the 2024 PLMA Awards for Innovations in Flexible Load Management Announced at the 49th PLMA Conference in Portland, OR

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Winners of the 2024 PLMA Awards for Innovations in Flexible Load Management Announced at the49th PLMA Conference in
Portland, OR

Posted May 7, 2024

Portland, OR – May 7, 2024 - PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance), the voice of load management practitioners, today announced the winners of its 2024 Awards at the 49th PLMA Conference. This annual awards program recognizes innovative approaches to flexible load management, honors the practitioners who develop and launch them, and follows up with a detailed exploration of each winner’s work in the form of a 1-hour educational webinar which is offered at no charge to all PLMA and industry stakeholders.

These 2024 Award Winners were selected for the learnings and outcomes of their initiatives:

“Each spring, PLMA honors load management practitioners who have created ground-breaking incentive programs (‘Pacesetters’), or who have implemented leading-edge technologies (‘Pioneers’), or who have excelled in extraordinary customer engagement (‘Thought Leaders’),” explained PLMA Awards Co-Chair Kevin Knight of Baltimore Gas and Electric. “Their initiatives, successes, and lessons learned provide valuable perspectives for consideration and adaptation by other energy professionals."

“With the involvement of 20 volunteer judges, all of whom are PLMA member practitioners, each award nomination is carefully vetted by a group of industry peers using a rubric methodology,” said PLMA Awards Co-Chair Meg Campbell of Guidehouse. “The award-winning programs each demonstrate effective approaches to meeting peak energy loads while helping to support a stable, DER-integrated electric grid.”

The PLMA Award Series of live webinars will be hosted from June through October 2024, and will also be published on PLMA’s YouTube channel for the benefit of energy professionals everywhere. The webinar schedule will be published on PLMA’s Calendar.

About PLMA
PLMA curates high quality, peer-selected, field-tested information and case studies on flexible load management, demand response, and DERs, for the benefit of energy practitioners globally. A 501(c)(6) non-profit association founded in 1999, PLMA serves over 200 member organizations and many thousands of stakeholders. As the “Voice of Load Management Practitioners,” it seeks to advance practical applications of dynamic load management and distributed energy resources by providing a forum where members educate one another and explore innovative approaches to program delivery, pricing constructs, and technology adoption. Learn more at www.peakload.org and PLMA’s LinkedIn DR/DER Group page.  

Media Contact:
Judy Knight, PLMA
(404) 771-1122
[email protected]

Click here for more info about the 2024 PLMA Awards and Winners
 
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