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Virtual Peaker and ICF Partner with Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation to Launch EV ChargeSmart Program

Virtual Peaker

The EV ChargeSmart Program aims to achieve cost savings and grid resilience by encouraging participants to voluntarily adjust their EV charging patterns and earn year-round incentives for charging vehicles during off-peak hours.

Posted February 19, 2024

February 15, 2024; Louisville, KY – Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based SaaS company empowering modern utilities with the friendliest distributed energy platform on the planet, and ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI), a global consulting and technology services provider, collaborated with Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation (Central Hudson) to launch the EV ChargeSmart Program. EV ChargeSmart aims to achieve cost savings and grid resilience by encouraging participants to adjust their EV charging patterns voluntarily. 

Central Hudson is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving over 315,000 electric and 90,000 natural gas customers in New York State’s Mid-Hudson River Valley, from suburban New York City to Albany. 

Virtual Peaker’s distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) suite, Shift, connects to at-home electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) or EV telematics and adjusts the charging of a participant’s device to ease the stress on the grid and benefit the community.

“We launched the EV ChargeSmart Program to support Central Hudson’s electric grid during periods of high electricity demand,” explained Marwa Chowdhury, Associate Program Manager at Central Hudson. 

The EV ChargeSmart Program offers eligible customers a $25 incentive for enrolling their EVSE and/or EV and ongoing participation incentives based on their off-peak charging habits. Participants located in load-growth areas (areas where distributed energy resources can be used to defer or eliminate the need for upgrades to the grid) may be eligible to earn additional incentives by responding to conservation events during the summer season of June through September. During a conservation event, Central Hudson will use Virtual Peaker’s Shift suite to pause or reduce participants’ charging sessions to balance the demand on the grid.

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Puget Sound Energy Job Opportunity: EES Program Manager (Demand Response)

Puget Sound Energy

Posted February 19, 2024

Job Description
Develops and manages strategic design and delivery of Demand Response (DR) programs to PSE customers. Participates in all relevant program planning exercises including (but not limited to) goal setting, budget planning, market research, evaluation activities, and business case development. Identifies opportunities for continuous improvement in order to better serve our customers through innovative program design and implementation. Supports efforts around program marketing and outreach campaigns for successful customer engagement.

Upholds the safety compliance standards inherent in PSE’s operating and/or field procedures related to work responsibilities. Promotes and supports a culture of total safety.

Demonstrates commitment to conduct business honestly, ethically and consistent with our core values and Code of Conduct. Ensures duties are performed in accordance with all regulatory compliance obligations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages sizable customer-facing program(s) with complex scope and substantial budget.
  • Develops and manages all program related activities including goal and target setting, budget planning, and program direction.
  • Monitors program progress to ensure achievement of annual targets within budget while minimizing monthly variances through accurate forecasting.
  • Developing cost effective product specifications, such as energy savings measures, through custom calculations or regionally developed deemed values.
  • Drives program planning activities including strategic program direction and implementation as well as business case development.
  • Conducts market research, critically analyzes multiple data sources, and incorporates best practices into program design.
  • Develops strategic concepts and consistently pursues innovation.
  • Manages third party vendor relationships including scope and contract management, budget negotiation, and vendor performance against key performance indicators.
  • Manages and fosters positive relationships with trade professionals and internal/external stakeholders.
  • Evaluates customer issues, proposes solutions, and manages customer expectations while providing excellent customer service.
  • Managing the successful implementation of marketing and outreach strategies with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Works with senior management to maintain consistency across department.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute high profile assignments with diligence.
  • May provide input to the supervisor regarding program team performance.
  • May provide training and development of team members, as needed, to support program objectives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and apply.


Advanced Energy Job Opportunity: Weatherization Program Manager

Advanced Energy

Posted February 19, 2024

Position Overview
Advanced Energy seeks to fulfill services under the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s State Energy Office, Weatherization Assistance Program, 5 Year Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Weatherization of Single-Family Units for North Carolina Regions 2, 3, and 4. 

The Weatherization Program Manager oversees and manages the BIL Weatherization program in these three NC regions and is responsible for supervising the rehabilitation and weatherization of homes. Ensures the work performed are in compliance with Federal, State and Agency regulations and guidelines pertaining to the Weatherization program.

Essential Functions

  • Program Management
  • People Management
  • Program Technical Expertise

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Berkeley Lab Job Opportunity: Energy/Environmental Policy Researcher

Berkeley Labs

Posted February 9, 2024

Position Overview: As an Energy Policy Researcher, you will be a key player in the EMP Department which conducts technical, economic, and policy analysis, and provides technical support to a broad range of stakeholders. The role involves leading quantitative and qualitative research efforts, managing projects, and engaging with stakeholders. The position will focus on the energy services company (ESCO) research area, with potential involvement in Strategic Energy Management and other demand-side management/distributed energy resources program and policy topics.


Level 2 Policy Researcher:

  • Contribute significantly to Berkeley Lab’s ESCO industry research, supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's goals.
  • Develop and conduct policy-relevant research projects, including analyses of ESCO project trends, market studies, and ad hoc data analyses.
  • Identify and define research needs, contribute to funding proposals, and present research results in webinars and at conferences.
  • Manage project budgets, schedules, tasks, and deliverables, working with internal and external teams, including researchers, subject matter experts and the development team of the eProject Builder (ePB)/eProject eXpress web-based energy project tracking and reporting system.
  • Foster partnerships and collaborations with industry stakeholders.

Level 3 Policy Researcher, in addition to the above:

  • Lead Berkeley Lab’s ESCO industry research and related technical support projects.
  • Identify research needs, develop funding proposals, and procure project funding from primary and non-DOE funders.
  • Lead internal and contractor project teams, lead research, author technical reports and journal articles, provide oversight, and ensure high-quality, timely results
  • Direct the development of complex technical concepts, methods, and research.
  • Foster partnerships with a broad range of industry stakeholders and make significant contributions to nationwide working groups.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

For Level 2:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent knowledge) in Energy & Resources, Public Policy, Economics, Business Administration, City & Regional Planning, Environmental Studies, Engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with increasing responsibility in program/project administration and research, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience related to the U.S. ESCO industry, electric utility demand-side management programs and policies, distributed energy resources programs and policies and/or electric utility regulation.
  • Strong project management, communication and analytical skills.
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

For Level 3 (in addition to Level 2 requirements):

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience with increasing responsibility.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience managing interactions with clients/funders and fostering partnerships with public agencies, industry organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, lead, complete and present research.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex projects and teams effectively.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in relevant discipline.
  • Familiarity with the ESCO industry and energy savings performance contracting.
  • Experience with data analysis software (e.g., R, Python, Stata).

For full consideration, please apply by February 25, 2024.

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Poudre Valley Electric Association Job Opportunity: Energy Resources Specialist

Poudre Valley REA

Posted February 8, 2024

Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association is seeking a Energy Resources Specialist who wants an exciting work atmosphere and to be a part of a team dedicated to exceptional service.

The Energy Resources Specialist’s primary purpose is to provide exceptional member service by offering expertise and solutions to assist members in meeting their electric energy goals. This position will advise members on services relating to energy use such as but not limited to, energy conservation and efficiency, net metering, community solar, microgrid, energy storage, demand response, on-bill repayment beneficial electrification and other programs and services. Under the guidance of the Energy Resources Director, this position helps drive the success of both existing and new member-facing offerings focused on managing electric energy use.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a trusted Energy Advisor for members inquiring about distributed energy resources and rate options, including individual consultations through the phone, email and in person.
  • Educate members on the efficient use of electricity, including conservation, efficiency, and beneficial electrification.
  • Assist members with processing and evaluating applications for rebates, DER programs and net metering.
  • Verify all distribution generation interconnections follow PVREA interconnection and tariff rates Conduct energy assessments for residential and selected commercial members.
  • Administer the ongoing implementation and operation of selected energy efficiency, demand response products, net metering, pilot programs and services, including rebate reconciliation
  • Assist with commercial scale DER project development and implementation including microgrids and batteries.

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and apply.


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