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Manager of Utility Decarbonization Strategies and Electricity Markets at World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

WRI’s Energy Program speeds the transition to a low-carbon, inclusive energy future by helping to build clean energy markets and address structural and institutional changes needed. The US Energy team focuses on decarbonization of the power and transportation sectors, with a focus of working with utilities, cities, and large energy buyers.

We are seeking a manager to lead work to enable clean energy deployment in the electric sector at scale by helping to remove barriers related to electricity markets, grid infrastructure, utility planning processes, and institutional structures. You will provide expert support to the US Energy team on innovative strategies to help advance a low-carbon electric grid, develop new products to enable cities and other large energy users to meet their clean energy targets equitably, determine how utility planning practices can evolve to shift to clean energy, and help cities and companies deploy clean energy technologies in the electric sector. You will lead and support projects that involve providing technical assistance, authoring research papers and blogs, and communicating research findings to internal and external audiences.  You will also lead convene stakeholder meetings, engage with key partners, and help support expansion of WRI’s work to create and scale clean energy solutions. You will support WRI’s domestic energy projects including our work with large energy buyers on engagement in utility planning and wholesale market processes, conducting research on pathways to accelerate low-carbon technologies in the electric sector, and addressing utility and grid related barriers to clean energy and vehicle electrification.

An ideal candidate will have an understanding of and experience working with utilities, regulators, and ideally large energy buyers, such as cities and corporations, as well as renewable and clean energy technologies. An understanding of wholesale power market issues, utility regulation, and rates is also important. Knowledge and/or experience with grid issues associated with the transition to clean energy sources and transmission is a plus. This is a unique opportunity to deepen and evolve your understanding of how various stakeholders within the utility industry are driving clean energy adoption and contribute to analysis that has a meaningful impact on the decarbonization of the power sector. Working closely with management on strategy and project development, you will be in a position to evolve this portfolio of work over time as new opportunities arise. You will also leverage partnerships and expertise across WRI’s programs, centers, and international offices, while cultivating partnerships with community organizations, external experts, and government officials. Candidates should be innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers with an ability to identify and pursue new opportunities. You should also be able to effectively communicate insights from technical research to non-technical audiences both verbally and in writing.

This position is remote due to Covid-19 and can remain remote once restrictions are lifted.

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