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Tetra Tech Seeks Quantitative Analyst

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Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you want to do meaningful work that improves quality of life? At Tetra Tech, you will work with high-performing teams who are passionate about using their expertise to find solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.

Tetra Tech is seeking Quantitative Analysts to join our Madison, Wisconsin office. Ideal candidates will have proven expertise across a range of quantitative methodologies, a passion for working with data, and exceptional communication skills. Analysts will work with a variety of data sets, in different structures to conduct analysis and modelling, fit for purpose. Salary is commensurate with skills and relevant work experience.

Tetra Tech provides consulting services worldwide for a broad range of commercial and international clients. Tetra Tech’s core services areas include energy, water, environment, resource management, infrastructure, and international development.


  • Collaborating with project teams and sector subject matter experts to develop project requirements 
  • Collecting large sets of structured and unstructured data from disparate sources 
  • Cleaning and validating the data to ensure accuracy, completeness, and uniformity
  • Efficiently storing and retrieving data
  • Performing statistical analysis and coding tasks
  • Ability to develop analytical plans for data modeling, identify strong baselines, and interpret relationships
  • Analyzing and interpreting data to identify patterns and address research questions
  • Documenting project work for transparency and replicability
  • Demonstrated experience communicating analysis findings orally and in writing to both internal project teams and external clients
  • Using data visualization tools to present data in insightful ways
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in statistics, social science, mathematics, computer science or related field. (B.S. plus four or more years of equivalent work experience can be substituted for advanced degree.)
  • Experience storing, retrieving, and manipulating large, complex datasets.
  • Statistical programming proficiency.
  • Experience across a range of quantitative applications (e.g., predictive analytics, risk analysis, consumer insights).

About Tetra Tech:

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.

At Tetra Tech, we provide a collaborative environment that supports individual performance, innovation, and creativity. We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits. Learn more by visiting

For more information on our company, please visit our website at To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on the Careers portion of our website at

Contact: Sue Hanson, [email protected]



San Diego Gas & Electric Announces Launch of the 2020 DRAM RFO 

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On October 11, 2019, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) is issuing the 2020 Demand Response Auction Mechanism (“DRAM”) Request For Offer (“RFO”) seeking demand response resources.  This RFO is in accordance with the most recent decision on DRAM, (“D.”)19-07-009, Decision Addressing Auction Mechanism, Baselines, and Auto Demand Response for Battery Storage, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission on July 11, 2019.  See the website link below for additional information on DRAM history.  SDG&E is seeking Resource Adequacy (“RA”) via a standard, non-negotiable purchase agreement to meet system and flexible RA from Demand Response resources.

More information, including the RFO protocols, is available on SDG&E’s DRAM RFO website:

The DRAM is a pay-as-bid auction for Offerors to participate directly in the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) market, with participation from customers in SDG&E’s service territory.

SDG&E, along with SCE and PG&E, will host a bidder’s conference on October 18, 2019, via web conference to ensure successful participation and interactive feedback. Webinar and outreach event information is posted on the DRAM RFO website (see above link).

Offers in response to the DRAM RFO are due on November 7, 2019.  SDG&E encourages respondents to carefully review submission requirements and provide sufficient details in all required bid forms.

All questions or other communications regarding this RFO should be submitted via email to [email protected] and MUST also CC [email protected] (the Independent Evaluator for this solicitation).  Only questions submitted by October 25, 2019, will be assured a response.

Thank you,

SDG&E Evaluation Team




Notice of Technology Submission Opportunity for PG&E's Residential ADR Program

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PG&E is considering expanding the list of technologies which qualify for rebates under its 2020-2022 residential ADR program. The focus is on automated control technologies for the residential sector which leverage the standard of OpenADR to achieve peak demand savings. ADR, which in its residential application provides demand reduction without a homeowner intervening manually, will play an increasingly important role in meeting future energy needs. Residential ADR solutions typically include controls for end-use technologies such as plug-load, lighting, thermostats, pool pumps, and electric water heaters (hereafter referred to as controlled devices).

A key aspect of this technology selection process is engagement with industry stakeholders to ensure a collaborative and open process where vendors, service providers and other utilities can share, learn and contribute. In order to select control technologies to serve this program, PG&E has contracted with a third party, Opinion Dynamics, to facilitate a two-stage technology selection process which includes a Request for Information (RFI) and a selection and prioritization stage.

Below is an overview of the selection process, and other key dates in the selection process.

Key Dates (Estimated)

October 24, 2019

Distribution of RFI

Opinion Dynamics will distribute an online RFI Intake Form to the same email list used for this notification.  The Intake Form is intended to collect information about control technologies from solution providers. This data collection tool will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

To broaden the reach of the RFI, please feel free to share this opportunity with other solution providers.  Interested parties should notify our team if they would like to be included in the distribution list. Inform our team of the most appropriate email address for contact prior to October 23, 2019. Notice of intention to submit your control technology information is not required.

November 15, 2019  

Closure of RFI


Nov. – Dec. 2019      

Selection and Prioritization of Control Technologies

For technologies that are deemed eligible, submitting solution providers may be asked to provide additional materials in support of the second phase of the technology selection process. Opinion Dynamics will contact submitters directly for any needed follow-up materials.

Mid-January, 2020    

Webinar to present the results of the selection


For information about the eligibility screening and prioritization process of control technologies, download the PG&E Residential ADR Eligibility Screening and Prioritization Process Document.

Please feel free to circulate this notice to any interested parties. Should you have any questions or would like to be added to the distribution list for the upcoming RFI distribution email, contact the Project Manager at Opinion Dynamics, Jun Suzuki (503-943-2132, [email protected]). 



Energy Central Interview with Thought Leadership Group Cochairs

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An interview from the ‘Getting to Know Your Expert’ Interview series from Energy Central featuring Jenny Roehm, a Senior Manager of Utility Solutions at Schneider Electric, and Rich Philip, a Manager of Business Demand Response at Duke Energy. They shared their industry insights and wisdom gained in their individual roles as well as their shared responsibilities as they both sit on the Board of Directors of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and are also co-chairs of the PLMA Thought Leadership Group.



Kelly Murphy's Comments to Calif. Joint Commission

After nearly 8 years, Kelly Murphy is leaving Steffes where he was Business Development Specialist to continue his career as a Consultant  with Boulder Natural Solutions.  In one of Kelly’s last submittals (as an individual) to California’s most important Regulatory proceedings he shared some thoughts on lessons learned in both California and Hawaii for California Energy Commission Docket #: 19-IEPR-06 “Energy Efficiency and Building Decarbonization”  To view those comments, search for TN#: 229372 Public comments by Kelly Murphy – as an individual – on the Joint Agency Workshop on Building Decarbonization held July 30, 2019 or download the pdf directly:

Contacts: Kelly Murphy, Boulder Natural Solutions, [email protected], and Al Takle, Steffes, [email protected]


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