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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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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.

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and apply.


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.



Ava Community Energy Job Opportunity: Distributed Energy Resource Associate

Ava Community

Posted February 2, 2024

Position Summary
Ava is seeking to hire a full-time Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) Associate, focused on DERs reporting to the Sr. Manager of Programs. Ava is looking for candidates who support the deployment of DERs as well as their coordinated management via distributed energy management software (DERMS) to make the best use of local, renewable energy. This is an exciting opportunity to increase local renewable energy use, improve energy resilience, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Position Details
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Distributed Energy Resources Associate will engage with programs that maximize the benefit from local renewable energy generation in two primary program areas: 1) operationalize Ava’s DERMS to optimally manage local, renewable DERs to benefit Ava customers and 2) incentivize the adoption of solar and storage in Ava’s service. Key tasks for these areas include:

  • Manage and collaborate with Ava’s DERMS provider to ensure that DERMS operations result in the greatest benefit for Ava customers through activities such as:

  • Develop timelines, manage deliverables, and coordinate execution with internal and external stakeholders, such as in the following ways:

  • Draft Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for third-party vendor services that support the implementation of programs, with collaboration with Programs and other relevant Ava teams; propose and seek input on RFP objectives and evaluation criteria; manage vendor RFP response and contracting

  • Manage third-party vendor contracts, ensuring tasks and deliverables are met on budget, evaluate vendor effectiveness and quality of work, and vocalize the need for corrective actions when needed

  • Document and disseminate program results to external stakeholders through reports, presentations, conferences, and meetings  

  • Draft Board memos and resolutions 

  • Provide input to program budgets 

  • Other duties as required

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and apply.





Lumin Smart Panel integration provides Sunnova Adaptive Home™ customers with whole-home backup, extended battery life, and energy savings through intelligent load management.

Posted January 30, 2024

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE) - Lumin, the pioneer and leading provider of responsive energy management solutions, today announced a collaboration with Sunnova Energy International, Inc. (“Sunnova”) (NYSE: NOVA), an adaptive energy services company, to integrate the Lumin Smart Panel and its intelligent energy management platform into the Sunnova Adaptive Home™ offering. The Lumin Smart Panel will be available to tens of thousands of homeowners through Sunnova’s extensive dealer network starting in Q1 2024. The Lumin Smart Panel will also be installed in Sunnova’s new Adaptive Technology Center (ATC), which is comprised of state-of-the-art energy testing and integration technologies, opening in Q1 2024.

The Sunnova Adaptive Home™ combines solar power, battery storage, and smart energy management to make clean energy even more affordable, reliable, and resilient. By integrating the Lumin Smart Panel into the Adaptive Home offering and its energy management software into the Sunnova app, Sunnova provides its customers with superior comfort, insight, and control over their energy usage.

Lumin’s Control What MattersTM load management approach and hardware-agnostic platform provide the Sunnova Adaptive Home™ with a scalable and highly cost-effective tool for advancing home electrification. While typical home battery systems are limited to backing up only a few circuits, Adaptive Homes powered by Lumin Smart panels provide homeowners access to all circuits through responsive load management, enabling and extending whole-home backup. By dynamically managing loads to stay below the customer’s power threshold, the Lumin Smart Panel gives homeowners access to the circuits that matter to them. It enables longer battery life during a power outage and intelligently responds to user preferences and environmental conditions. Features include setting circuit schedules and limits based on time-of-use rates, net metering policies, and demand charges to optimize energy use and save homeowners money on utility bills.

“Lumin’s smart energy management platform is a well-designed combination of performance, compatibility, and affordability that aligns with Sunnova’s commitment to powering energy independence,” said Michael Grasso, Chief Revenue Officer at Sunnova. “Integrating Lumin into our Sunnova Adaptive Home™ offering expands the options for consumers and dealers to ensure energy goals are achieved in the home. We look forward to growing our collaboration to deliver the highest-value home energy experience to our customers.”

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


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