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Job Opportunity: Senior Research Analyst - Energy Efficiency TechnologiesE Source


At E Source, our passion for sustainability and energy efficiency is not just our work, it's our mission. We're a client-focused team that provides software solutions, research, advisory, management consulting, and implementation services to electric, gas, and water utilities. Our goal is to increase the effectiveness of their energy-efficiency and sustainability programs, and speed their transition to a low-carbon economy. We help our clients evolve into customer-centric organizations that make data-driven decisions to drive their operations, customer programs, and customer relationships. And we like to have fun while we do it!

Here are the values we live by at E Source:

  • Be the best at what you do - provide high-quality work in all aspects of your job.
  • Do the right thing - have integrity, be trustworthy, and put the team above personal gain.
  • Lead the change - lead with curiosity, innovate, and embrace change in order to grow.
  • Cultivate community - build relationships, assume positive intent, and foster a culture of inclusivity.

 Our ideal candidate has:

  • A passion for digging into technical details and making them clear and easy to understand.
  • Demonstrated expertise with engineering principles governing energy-efficiency and end-use technologies, with an emphasis on HVAC systems and trends. Other possible areas of interest include C&I M&V, building envelope, and monitoring and controls.
  • Experience with utility energy-efficiency and end-use electrification programs and technologies.
  • A strong understanding of customer-centric utility demand-side management programs and how programs best meet the needs of customers.
  • Exceptional writing, verbal, and analytical skills. E Source differentiates itself through our readable, clear, and concise reports and presentations. Applications without cover letters may be given lower priority in our review.
  • Humility and a collaborative attitude. You know there are things you don't know, and that energizes you. You work well in a team environment, and when faced with a challenge, you don't spin your wheels alone but proactively seek support, advice, and guidance from others. You are happy to provide support to others.
  • Rigor and discipline. You manage your time well and your coworkers can count on you to do what you say you'll do.
  • Creativity and openness. You aren't afraid to share your ideas for how we might do things differently.

 Primary responsibilities include:

  • Serving as our in-house expert on HVAC technologies and related utility programs
  • Responding to research and advisory requests from utility members about energy technologies, trends, and programs
  • Gathering research from primary and secondary sources (including phone interviews, internet searches, and in-depth reading), critically analyzing the information, and writing up key findings and best practices in a way that's easy for audiences of varying technical skills to understand
  • Creating clear, concise, data-driven, and action-oriented content for topically focused reports, short written articles, technical briefs, webinars, and in-person events
  • Engaging with utility members through in-person and virtual meetings and by preparing and delivering customized presentations on various technology topics
  • Assisting the E Source emerging technology consulting team on an as-needed basis
  • Mentoring junior staff and sharing knowledge and experience across the company
  • Occasionally representing E Source as a subject-matter expert at industry conferences and events

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Opus One Solutions Named One of Canada's Clean Technology Winners in Deloitte's Technology Fast 50TM Program

Opus One


TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opus One Solutions received a Clean Technology award, a new awards category in the Technology Fast 50 program that recognizes Canada’s top clean innovators providing processes, goods or services that reduce environmental impacts. The winning companies are ranked by their revenue-growth percentage their last four years of operation, proving minimum revenues of $50,000 in 2017 and $5 million in 2020.

Opus One Solutions CEO Joshua Wong, credits its industry leading GridOS® software and the software’s ability to help utilities to accelerate the energy transition with distributed energy resources (DER) and the safety, reliability, and operational performance of the electric grid, with the company’s sustainable and profitable growth. Wong stated, “Opus One Solutions has been leading the Canadian landscape in growing clean tech domestically and abroad. Since its inception our vision of digitalizing, decentralizing and decarbonizing the planet has motivated us to work on enacting change and accelerating transition towards a low carbon economy. Clean technologies like Opus One’s are no longer just an option, but an urgent call to action necessary for meeting climate and environmental goals. Opus One Solutions is proud to be honored as an inaugural winner of Deloitte’s Clean Technology award and a leader in Canada’s clean technology industry.”

“We’re delighted to recognize Clean Technology winners, the program’s newest category. These outstanding companies are amongst the elite of Canada’s technology sector as clean innovators helping create a more resilient and sustainable future for the environment,” stated Anders McKenzie, partner and national leader for the Technology Fast 50 program at Deloitte Canada. “With reduction of our carbon footprint and environmental impact of paramount importance, this new category awards innovators spearheading the clean technology movement, creating the sustainable business and technology landscape of the future.”

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Virtual Peaker Partners with Google's Nest Renew to Support a Clean Energy FutureVirtual Peaker


Louisville, KY – 
Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based SaaS company that empowers modern utilities with the friendliest distributed energy platform on the planet, has announced its expanded support for a clean energy future through Google’s Nest Renew, which was announced in October. The new service makes it easier for utilities to engage consumers with time-of-use rates, increase demand response program participation and facilitate consumer support for renewable energy.

Consumers with compatible Nest thermostats can support a clean energy future by enrolling in demand response programs and engaging with time-of-use (TOU) programs. During the past decade, Nest thermostats have already helped homeowners save more than 80 billion kWh, enough energy to power 23 million electric cars for a year.

Most homes are cooled and heated by electricity from a mix of clean and not-so-clean energy sources that vary based on the time of day they’re used. Virtual Peaker and many of its utility clients already are long-time partners with Google Nest through the Google Rush Hour Rewards program, a service that lets customers earn rewards for using less when energy consumption is high and makes it easier for utilities to manage the grid during times of peak demand.

With Nest Renew’s feature called Energy Shift, customers can automatically shift their heating and cooling electricity usage to times when the grid is cleaner, without sacrificing comfort. For utilities with certain time-of-use rates, Energy Shift can help customers automatically prioritize usage of less expensive energy.

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IBACOS Team Selected as a Partner in DOE’s $61 Million Connected Communities InitiativeTierra

The accelerated development of energy efficient, sustainable communities and the advancement of a connected, clean energy grid

On October 13, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 10 selected teams for its $61 million “Connected Communities” initiative awards, and the team led by Pittsburgh-based housing innovation company, IBACOS is among them.

The 10 awarded pilot projects – managed by teams that represent a cross-section of the buildings industry including utilities, local governments, homebuilders, home performance contractors, and end-users – will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, grid-connected, energy-efficient buildings. This project will help achieve the Biden Administration's goal of reaching a net-zero carbon economy by providing a model for reducing the building sector’s contribution to the climate crisis.

“We believe this is an incredible moment for a new level of collaboration and collective innovation to help accelerate the advancement of home and community energy efficiency and grid connectivity, driven by the development and utilization of leading-edge technologies and new business paradigms,” says Mark Tilley, CEO of IBACOS. “Our team is delighted and proud to be a partner with DOE and the Connected Communities initiative in this critically important work.”

The ‘Advanced Clean Communities Collaborative’ (AC3) team, led collaboratively by IBACOS and Walnut Creek, California-based Tierra Resource Consultants, includes a diverse group of highly experienced and accomplished companies and organizations that are leaders in the utility, housing construction and retrofit, and renewable energy industries. The AC3 team includes:

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Acquisition of WSO Enhances E Source's Capabilities for Water UtilitiesE Source

We’re excited to announce that we’re continuing to expand our offerings by acquiring Water Systems Optimization (WSO). WSO partners with national, state, and local water agencies to reduce water loss and optimize much-needed investments. The WSO team consists of experts in water-loss research, analysis, strategy, related field work, and capital investments to address losses.

“WSO’s proven expertise in water-loss analytics and consulting allows us to expand our water market offerings,” says E Source CEO Ted Schultz. “This is a critical time to be focusing on water conservation. Our mission is to build a sustainable future in partnership with utilities and cities. A crucial part of that is ensuring that we’re optimizing our water resources. We’re proud to welcome WSO to the E Source family.”

WSO is the seventh company we’ve acquired in the past 24 months. The acquisition represents continued efforts to build a broad offering of tech-enabled, customer-first solutions that help utilities manage the customer and infrastructure sides of their business reliably, efficiently, safely, and sustainably.

In October 2015, the California State Senate passed a bill requiring all retail urban water suppliers to report annually on distribution efficiency. Since that time, WSO has completed more than 500 water audit validations in California, along with additional validations in Georgia and Hawaii.

“There is a tremendous opportunity for innovation and cost savings for water utilities,” says Reinhard Sturm, CEO of WSO. “With the combination of our talented teams, data, and domain expertise, we are now uniquely positioned to offer necessary and sophisticated analytics and services to this market. This is an exciting time, and we are thrilled to be part of the E Source team.”

“Water has quickly become one of our scarcest resources. With the acquisition of WSO, E Source is better able to be part of a sustainable solution,” says Rob Langley, managing partner and cofounder of Align Capital Partners. “The WSO team brings a high level of sophistication to their work in guiding clients to decrease water loss while optimizing capital investments to safely reduce losses over time. Combining these skills and expertise with an already mature set of services for the water market is going to make a big impact.”

 
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