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Advanced Energy Job Opportunity: Energy Research AnalystAdvanced Energy

 
Advanced Energy is a non-profit planning, technical and engineering services firm whose vision is 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 wide variety of public and private partners. We offer program design and implementation, consulting, training, testing and research to provide market-based energy-related solutions for our five markets: residential, commercial and industrial, motors and drives, solar and electric transportation.

We are 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 all of our employees come from varied backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. By providing a supportive and respectful environment that promotes creativity and collaboration, Advanced Energy continues to make a lasting, positive difference in all of the work we do.

Position Overview

This position will provide advanced engineering services and expertise in the energy field to utilities, builders, federal and state agencies, and other customers. The position will support multiple projects and project teams across our market areas. Our projects focus on developing and delivering programs for utilities that can deliver economic benefit to consumers and increase customer satisfaction and engagement.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Knowledge of electric utility industry and the application of building technologies as a grid resource.
  • Knowledge of building science principles and energy systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).
  • Relevant experience working for an energy utility provider or as a program administrator or consultant for energy utility including:

Designing and conducting research such as field studies, pilot programs or demonstration projects with advanced technologies.

Providing engineering calculations, energy modeling, measurement and verification, and technical design for utility programs with outputs for energy, demand and carbon reduction impacts.

Working with building trades, trade allies or technology manufacturers.

  • Preference for candidates with relevant certifications on data analysis or measurement and verification such as CMVP.

This position may require some travel to interface with customers, study participants or attend conferences, expected 10% of the time.

Resume should include information on software capabilities and data collection or analysis techniques.

CLICK HERE to read the full job opportunity or to apply.

 

Advanced Energy Job Opportunity: Engineering Co-Op Student (Summer 2022)Advanced Energy

 

Advanced Energy is a non-profit planning, technical and engineering services firm whose vision is 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 wide variety of public and private partners. We offer program design and implementation, consulting, training, testing and research to provide market-based energy-related solutions for our five markets: residential, commercial and industrial, motors and drives, solar and electric transportation.

We are 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 all of our employees come from varied backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. By providing a supportive and respectful environment that promotes creativity and collaboration, Advanced Energy continues to make a lasting, positive difference in all of the work we do.

Position Overview

Provides basic engineering services in the energy field to utilities, industrial customers, commercial customers, institutions, federal and state agencies, and other customers. The Motors and Drives Co-Op position is entry level and requires proficient skills in areas that use engineering judgement. Work products or processes will always have oversight from engineer or field technologist.

Essential Functions

Engineering Support

  • Provide hands on assistance in laboratory setting utilizing various hand tools and power tools.
  • Support product testing and safely operate laboratory dynamometers.
  • Schedule laboratory testing based on incoming shipments and coordinate outgoing shipments including proper packaging.
  • Support facility reviews and studies or site assessments to locate opportunities for improvements in productivity, quality and efficiency.
  • Adjust desk heights and rearrange office furniture.
  • Support quality control, recommend solutions, define and interpret the importance of the implementation of corrective measures.
  • Support design reviews including load calculations, energy performance analysis or design documentation.
  • Provide hands on assistance in deploying new technologies in the field.
  • Assist in coordinating applied research studies on a national basis, consulting with other organizations and experts.
  • Acquire data from field/lab instruments and process into useful information.

CLICK HERE to read the full job opportunity or to apply.

 

Advanced Energy Job Opportunity: Project Manager IIAdvanced Energy


North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation is a non-profit planning, technical and engineering services firm whose vision is 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 wide variety of public and private partners. We offer program design and implementation, consulting, training, testing and research to provide market-based energy-related solutions for our five markets: residential, commercial and industrial, motors and drives, solar and electric transportation.

We are 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 all of our employees come from varied backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. By providing a supportive and respectful environment that promotes creativity and collaboration, North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation continues to make a lasting, positive difference in all of the work we do.

If you have a passion for working in the energy industry and contributing to Advanced Energy's vision, we encourage you to apply for this position!

Position Overview

This position will provide project management support in the energy field to utilities, industrial, commercial and agricultural facilities, government agencies, and other customers. 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 II, the Project Manager is expected to independently manage smaller, less complex projects and/or provide project support to other Project Managers or technical leads. Individual has familiarity with subject matter in assigned business area.

Essential Functions

Project Management

  • Develop and refine scope of work and take into account 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 work force 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.

CLICK HERE to read the full job opportunity or to apply.

 

Job Opportunity: Demand Response Project ManagerEnergy Solutions


We are currently seeking a full-time Energy Programs Project Manager to join our Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) team. As a member of the DERs team, you will assist with driving customer participation in programs that incentivize the adoption of various DERs including; distributed solar, energy storage, demand response, microgrids, and electric vehicle grid integration. These leading-edge energy technologies are critical in driving our nation’s progress toward a decarbonized grid, and you will play a material role in helping our team make this future a reality.

This unique market opportunity, paired with Energy Solutions mission driven approach, creates a perfect environment for individuals who want to have an active voice in shaping the energy future in California and beyond.

Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Overall direction, management, quality control and completion of project deliverables
  • Managing project budgets and tasks with minimal oversight
  • Facilitating the progress of multiple projects and bringing them to conclusion
  • Communicating project progress to management and clients
  • Interacting with customers, clients, and external collaborators
  • Conducting market research and data analysis
  • Tracking of industry trends and other market changes that impact energy efficiency
  • Organizing and facilitating in-person meetings and conference call
  • Conducting literature searches
Minimum qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree with an energy focus, preference being towards engineering, environmental science or business
  • A minimum of two years of work experience and/or graduate school
  • Flexibility and adaptability in regard to project focus
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct detailed technical and quantitative analysis
  • Strong technical writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to interact professionally with clients and present in the primary role
  • Extensive experience using Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work and thrive independently
  • Excellent personal accountability and quality control practices
  • Willingness to conduct business travel
  • Employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and two weeks must have passed since the final dose has been received to work/visit from our offices

CLICK HERE to read the job description and apply.

 

Pennyrile Electric, Clark Public Utilities, and FPL earn top marks in Business Customer Satisfaction StudyE Source


We’re thrilled to announce the results of our 2021 Business Customer Satisfaction Study. We surveyed small and midsize business (SMB) customers to discover the utility attributes they value most as well as where their utility ranks on those attributes. The survey uses a 10-point scale, where 1 is the lowest score and 10 is the highest. Among seven attributes, SMB customers selected four as most important for a utility to possess:

  • Energy reliability
  • Trustworthiness
  • Keeping energy prices down
  • Effective emergency communications

E Source Market Research conducts the annual Business Customer Satisfaction Study to provide utilities and account representatives with direct feedback from customers. The survey produces an understanding of the overall satisfaction levels and identifies where improvement is essential. Over 2,000 SMB customers participated in the seventh edition of the study, which revealed the top-ranked utilities in 2021.

Of the participating utilities, Pennyrile Electric earned the top spot by receiving a score of 9.00 out of 10 for overall customer satisfaction and perceived value. Pennyrile Electric also scored highest for providing reliable energy, trustworthiness, and effective communication during energy emergencies. In addition, the utility’s account reps earned the highest scores for all attributes in the study.

CLICK HERE to read the press release.

 
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