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Xcel Energy RFP: Marketing, Recruitment, and Enrollment Services for Minnesota C&I DM Portfolio

Xcel Energy

Posted June 2, 2023

Xcel Energy is seeking a vendor to provide marketing, recruitment, and enrollment services to help grow participation in our Minnesota C&I Demand Management (DM) portfolio. This vendor will market to and work with the Company’s business customers to engage, educate and enroll them into existing DM programs best suited to meet their needs. Through marketing, outreach, and recruitment strategies in line with industry best practices adapted to the Company’s Minnesota service territory, the vendor will help Xcel Energy reach portfolio growth goals by identifying customers with realistic DM capacity potential and placing them into appropriate DM programs. Please visit the C&I Demand Management programs page,, for more details on current DM offerings for Xcel Energy business customers in the Minnesota service territory. If interested in receiving this request for proposal, please reach out to [email protected] and [email protected]


National Grid Job Opportunity: Lead Economist, Economics, DER, and Policy Forecasting

National Grid

Posted June 1, 2023

National Grid is hiring a Lead Economist – Economics, DER, and Policy Forecasting.   This position can be based out of Waltham, MA, Brooklyn, NY, Syracuse, NY, or Hicksville, NY. 

Job Purpose

The Analytics & Load Forecasting team produces electric and gas forecasts for National Grid. As a Senior Data Scientist, you will develop long-term forecasts for distributed resources (including solar PV, energy efficiency, demand response, EVs, storage, etc.), and create long-term outlooks for policy based decarbonization goals for our US service territory. You will support the electric and gas load forecasting teams in integrating DERs and decarbonization forecasts into the long-term forecasts. You will work with the distributed resource, DSM, strategy teams, and other internal and external stakeholders to ensure that DER and decarbonization policies and programs are properly modeled. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop long-term forecasts for distributed resources (including solar PV, energy efficiency, demand response, EVs, storage), and create long-term outlooks for policy based decarbonization goals. Perform additional analysis relating to DERs, DSM, and decarbonization policies in the forecast as necessary. 
  • support the long-term electric and gas load forecasting teams in integrating DERs, policies, and decarbonization forecasts into the long-term forecasts. 
  • The ability to work independently and defend results. The ability to speak to both technical and non-technical persons to present projects is essential. 
  • Update forecast processes and documentation to ensure they are efficient, reviewable, and reliable. 
  • Provide expert testimony before regulators and defend the forecasts. Respond to data request from regulatory bodies for rate cases and other proceedings.  
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders (including supply, engineering, regulatory, strategy) regarding forecast methodology and analysis and ensure our deliverables meet their needs.  
  • Stay current in all policies, regulatory requirements, market trends, and industry standards regarding customer energy use and technologies and programs impacting that use, such as energy efficiency and demand response. 

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and to apply.


ILLUME Advising Publishes Whitepaper Providing Solutions to Unlock Just Transportation Electrification ILLUME

Posted May 31, 2023

MADISON, Wis. – Transportation Electrification (TE) offers numerous opportunities for communities and TE-related companies. Government agencies and utilities are deploying electrification incentive programs to encourage customers to adopt electric vehicles. TE is a key priority for many states and a critical path to the fight against climate change. However, not all stakeholders are equally positioned to participate in TE programs and realize these opportunities. To address these inequities, ILLUME Advising LLC released a whitepaper that identifies barriers to equitable TE and recommends strategies to unlock electric vehicle (EV) access in Black and Brown Communities. The paper draws on an in-depth case study of the Black-owned electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) company, KIGT, and its efforts to invest in communities in South Los Angeles. “If no one is paying attention to how we implement strategies for electrifying transportation, then millions of people will be left out. Electrification, equity, and empowerment are wealth-building tools for creating an inclusive economy for Black and Brown communities. ILLUME’s whitepaper illustrates what is happening in the market and identifies viable solutions.” Paul Francis, KIGT CEO. According to the paper, policymakers, regulators, and program designers must adopt the following solutions to unlock the potential for TE across all markets and communities:

  1. Systematically review program requirements to reduce undue burdens to emerging suppliers.
  2. Modify cost-benefit models to address underlying needs.
  3. Tailor incentives to address EV deserts and the communities impacted by them and identify partnerships to accelerate the process.
  4. Prioritize community-based or community-focused developers.

The whitepaper is complemented by an ArcGIS StoryMap to visualize the experience of KIGT and provide recommendations for regulators and utilities to ensure the benefits from transportation electrification transition benefit all communities. The StoryMap is available to view here. By implementing these strategies, regulators and program designers can reduce or remove barriers that disadvantage up-and-coming diverse suppliers capable of participating in programs, amend cost-benefit assessments to prioritize equitable service outcomes, prioritize projects in EV deserts, and facilitate access to incentives for diverse TE suppliers and community projects. “Transportation electrification is critical to achieving a carbon-free future, but we must ensure that all communities can participate in and benefit from the transition to electric vehicles,” said Anne Dougherty, ILLUME Co-Founder. “Our whitepaper offers actionable recommendations that will help regulators and program designers unlock the potential of TE for all markets and communities while promoting equity and sustainability. This is an important read for anyone working in electrification.”

To read the full white paper, click here.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


NISC Strengthens DERMS Program through Partnership with Virtual PeakerVirtual Peaker

Posted May 25, 2023

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., May 18, 2023 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to broadband and utility organizations, has announced a partnership with Virtual Peaker, a leading provider of Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) solutions. The partnership enhances NISC’s previously-announced DERMS Partnership Program by providing enhanced options for distributed energy resource (DER) management.

“Electric vehicles, smart thermostats, direct load controllers and other DERs are continuing to grow, and we know our members need proven solutions to help them manage these resources on their system,” said David Bonnett, Vice President of Product Management for NISC. “Virtual Peaker’s DERMS is one of the leading solutions in the industry and will help our Membership serve a consumer base that’s changing the way they consume and manage their energy.”

Virtual Peaker’s DERMS, Shift provides the tools that optimize the supply management functions for a wide array of DER programs. The solution can be adapted to interface with contemporary devices and platforms, designed to modernize any utility and help them become customer-centric and decentralized. This backend optimization allows utility providers to utilize their NISC engagement solutions to communicate effectively and build trust with their members.

“The energy landscape is changing, and we want to ensure that utilities and energy providers can leverage DER assets to help their customers better manage their energy,” said Dr. William (Bill) Burke., Founder & CEO of Virtual Peaker. “We’re excited to partner with NISC and work with their membership to innovate and continue building a solution for the future of energy management.”

NISC’s previously announced DERMS partner program supports a set of Application Programming Interfaces (API) to integrate with leading DERMS providers for an end-to-end solution. Including integration with NISC’s Marketing solution, Multi-Channel Messenger, Meter Data Management and SmartHub, the DERMS Partnership Program allows Members to manage the entire DER program lifecycle.

NISC expects the DERMS Partner Program to be available for Members beginning this fall, but has been working with development partners like Brunswick EMC, located in Supply, N.C., to help validate strategic use cases for integration with partners like Virtual Peaker.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


Bidgely Job Opportunity: Technical Program Manager - RemoteBidgely

Posted May 24, 2023

The Position and the Team You Will Work With
We are currently seeking a Technical Program Manager to join our customer onboarding team. The Technical Program manager  will be responsible for defining and overseeing the product implementation of Bidgely’s innovative energy management service with strategic utility customers worldwide. As a key member of the team, you will be utilizing your project management, technical/product knowledge and client engagement skills to deliver a solution that is highly effective and tightly integrated with the Bidgely’s customer. 

About You

  • Innovation - You challenge the status quo to drive impact
  • Results - Be dedicated to delivering stellar outcomes, and accept nothing less. Know your goals, chart your path, and execute with precision and passion
  • Quality - Quality is at the heart of everything you do.  You take great pride in your work and are a trusted resource

What You Will Bring


  • BS/MS in Computer Science or equivalent
  • PMP certification or other job related certifications
  • Experience working in a fast-paced start up environment
  • Knowledge of SQL, Python, REST APIs, and data transformation technologies (this role is hands on) 
  • At least 1+ years of experience working with gas/electric utility or renewable energy customers 

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and to apply.

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