Energy Policy Scientist/Analyst

Job Details

Company Name

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Richland, WA

Expiration Date

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Interest Area

Communication, Policy

Position Type


Position Level


Minimum Degree Requirements

College Degree

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The Energy Policy & Economics group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking an Energy Policy Scientist\Analyst; the individual will be a technical contributor and task leader on a growing team of engineers, researchers, economists, and analysts developing innovative methods to achieve greater efficiency, optimization, and resiliency of the nation’s energy systems under considerations of the environment. This position is responsible for a suite of research projects and external engagements for PNNL’s Regulatory Environment thrust area under the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity - Energy Storage Program strategy. In addition this position will support energy infrastructure modernization projects and programs across the laboratory where additional insight into regulatory design, tariffs, policy, and utility business models are involved.

The position requires advanced knowledge\experience related to the design and construction of the nation’s electricity infrastructure, storage technologies, analysis, and mechanisms for deployment, and an understanding of the stakeholders, utilities, vendors, and regulatory bodies who are engaged in that technology deployment and related policy implementation. The individual will work with and provide leadership to project teams that serve as a technical resource and program planners\implementers for market introduction and adoption activities related to electricity infrastructure. The primary sponsor is the Department of Energy offices, and secondary sponsors include smaller agencies, state government, and private organizations. This position offers the opportunity for a broad range of involvement in activities including researching and development of electricity infrastructure related technologies and policies, energy user\operator needs and issues; working with States, program providers, and others as they raise awareness and increase adoption and upgrading of energy infrastructure technologies and policies; identifying and helping develop new and improved tools and resources for addressing energy storage and electricity infrastructure needs; and designing workshops, case studies, programs\training that support the application and use of energy storage technologies and best practices.

The position:

•Will work with sponsor relationship management, program managers and the technical group manager to support and lead tasks that are required to be completed on time and within budget. There will be direct interface with sponsors and their subcontractors to gather data, and plan and implement activities.

•Will be responsible for presentation of program results to clients and others; from time to time, travel requirements may be as high as 25%.

•Will be expected to attend conferences and present results of work, as well as support energy storage education in public forums and via invited presentations.

The individual must be an industry-recognized expert in electricity infrastructure analysis, valuation, and regulatory approaches (especially in the energy storage area). Individual must have the demonstrated ability to apply advanced energy principles, theories and concepts in the fields of electricity infrastructure technology and policy.