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Austin Energy Job Opportunity: Energy Development Program ManagerAustin Energy

Posted April 17, 2023

This position will lead the Resiliency as a Service Program(s) within the Energy Efficiency Services department, and will report to the Demand Response Technical Manager.

The Resiliency as a Service (RaaS) Program is designed to offset investment in dispatchable, backup generation by leveraging the assets during favorable market conditions. Pre-qualified vendors who are provided a capacity payment for their generating assets in exchange for Austin Energy dispatch rights (outside of backup generation activities).

Major duties include:

  1. Program development – Streamline vendor intake, customer on-boarding, and project life cycle processes. Ensure that all program components comply with regulatory requirements. May also include integration of new technologies into the program (e.g. batteries).
  2. Program tracking, data, and reporting – Develop systems for tracking and reporting program efficacy, cost effectiveness, emissions, and any other data requested by customers and/or management. Use data and analytical tools to drive decisions around program design, vendor management, and customer satisfaction.
  3. Project pipeline coordination, tracking, and queue management – Create regular touch points with relevant departments to keep stakeholders informed about project statuses and timelines, and ensure ordering and integrations are proceeding on time.
  4. Contract execution and management – Execute contracts with vendors. Monitor and track compliance of vendors with contract terms.
  5. Customer communications – Develop and provide information about the program to prospective customers, provide customers with regular communications around project status and timeline.
  6. Operating procedures development – Coordinate with other participating business units to develop and maintain a set of operating guidance and procedures and ensure that they are being followed.
  7. Work with IT, Network Operations and Smart Grid to integrate new vendors into the Generation Management System.

Periodically, this position may be required to report to the commissions or City Council regarding the status of the program or specific projects. Some projects may require Council review or approval, which would require this position to assemble and present the necessary documents.

Working with Austin Energy provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, career development opportunities and more. Please click HERE for more information.

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Austin Energy Job Opportunity: Energy Efficiency Services Manager (Commercial & Multifamily EES)Austin Energy

Posted April 17, 2023

This position manages the Commercial and Multifamily Workgroup within Energy Efficiency Services which is currently comprised of 19 people. Duties include those related to managing the people within the workgroup as well as leading program administration for commercial energy efficiency programs, and new program design, development and deployment. This position may also lead the development of grant applications as well as subsequent activities related to grant execution.

Working with Austin Energy provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, career development opportunities and more. Please click HERE for more information.

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Rochester Public Utilities Taps Virtual Peaker
to Deliver Bring Your Own Thermostat Program
Virtual Peaker and Rochester Public Utilities

Virtual Peaker distributed energy platform was chosen for ease of implementation and cutting-edge technology features and functionality

Posted April 14, 2023

April 11, 2023; Louisville, KY  Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based SaaS company that empowers modern utilities with the friendliest distributed energy platform on the planet, has been selected by Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), a municipally-owned electric and water utility located in Rochester, MN., as the preferred software platform to launch an innovative Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) program to help reduce energy consumption during periods of high demand.

Virtual Peaker’s distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) suite, Shift, provides RPU with software that uses machine learning and independent real-time control of smart devices to reduce electric demand and minimize the impact on customers. The Virtual Peaker platform boasts the largest number of OEM integrations on the market, including leading smart thermostat brands, Google Nest, Ecobee, and Honeywell that will be available to participate in the RPU program.

“Our new BYOT program is part of RPU’s continuing efforts to take advantage of newer technologies. Smart thermostats are part of a growing number of energy efficiency tools developed in recent years that can be monitored and controlled remotely by users,” explained Patty Hanson, Manager of Utility Programs and Services at RPU.

Virtual Peaker’s DERMS empowers RPU with end-to-end distributed energy resource (DER) management, in a single platform, of the BYOT program including enrollment, device monitoring and control, and event messaging.

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Advanced Energy Job Opportunity: Project Manager IIIAdvanced Energy

Posted April 6, 2023


North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation (Advanced Energy) is a nonprofit energy consulting firm headquartered on NC State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC. We strive to ensure that energy is clean, affordable, reliable, efficient, and safe for all people. We work with electric utilities; state, federal and local governments; manufacturers and a variety of public and private partners in five markets: residential, commercial and industrial, motors and drives, renewables and electric transportation.

At Advanced Energy, we know that our organization thrives only when our employees are valued and supported. You will be aided in your career goals and be put in a position to excel. You’ll work on teams that promote idea sharing and challenge you to learn and expand your expertise. You’ll also be encouraged to seek work-life balance, with flexible hybrid schedules and an array of leave options so you can spend time with family and pursue personal interests.

We are also committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our staff is the most valuable resource we have, and we appreciate that our employees come from varied backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. By providing a supportive and respectful environment that promotes creativity and collaboration, Advanced Energy makes a lasting, positive difference in all of the work we do.

Benefits – Visit our website for more information and a full list of employee benefits –

Position Overview

Plan, direct, and coordinate activities of projects to ensure that goals or objectives of projects are accomplished within time and funding parameters. Establish, track, and adhere to tasks, timelines, and budgets. Coordinate project logistics and resources. Research, summarize and write project reports. At Level III, the Project Manager is expected to independently manage larger and more complex projects and may serve as a lead and/or mentor to other staff; individual possesses subject matter expertise in assigned business area. Energy industry experience a plus (e.g., solar, electric transportation, energy efficiency, residential and/or commercial building systems, etc.).

Essential Functions

Project Management

  • Develop and refine scope of work considering the client’s needs, budget, and other resources.
  • Develop and implement project plans, including strategies, milestones, and tasks.
  • Design and facilitate project meetings and record minutes and action plans.
  • Coordinate project logistics including meetings, conference calls, presentations, workshops, client visits, travel, and events associated with assigned projects.
  • Work with internal team and customer to define and update AE’s role on projects.
  • Establish, document, track, and adhere to project timelines, budgets, and tasks.
  • Utilize applicable software applications to perform project management and scheduling tasks, and research issues with team members to resolve problems.
  • Prepare project budgets, analyze variances, and initiate corrective actions.
  • Develop technical tools and processes to more effectively complete tasks.
  • Provide timely reports to funding sources, team, management, and others internally or externally.
  • Assemble and manage the necessary workforce to complete assigned activities.
  • Manage and coordinate contracts and scopes of work for subcontractors and other external contacts.
  • Analyze and create budget summaries and financial scenarios to improve project tracking and performance.
  • Continuously search and strive for process improvement strategies.
  • Coordinate and lead collaborative stakeholder initiatives, including development of work plans, effectively engaging volunteer stakeholders, meeting facilitation, and coordinating meetings and events.

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


ecobee Featured in Consumer Technology Association’s Technology’s Golden Ageecobee

Posted April 4, 2023

TORONTO – April 4, 2023 – ecobee is thrilled to announce a new mini-documentary produced for ecobee by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions and presented by Consumer Technology Association as part of the series Technology’s Golden Age. The film offers an intimate look into the life of an ecobee customer, and how ecobee’s technology and partnerships with utility companies across North America help deliver energy savings and peace of mind for aging adults.

Featuring Howell, Michigan resident John Marlatt, the film examines how an ecobee smart thermostat helps simplify and improve his everyday life, while enabling him to live better and more independently. In the film, John showcases how his smart thermostat has helped him save money on his utility bills by conserving energy during the day while he is at work.

Given the numerous benefits of smart thermostats, including energy and bill savings for customers, and their ability to help stabilize the grid when demand peaks, many utilities have ambitious goals to drive their adoption in their territories. As shown in the film, John received his free ecobee smart thermostat for voluntarily opting into a demand response program from his local utility provider DTE Energy.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

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