Resource Planning Consultant

If you are passionate about energy, economics, the environment, and galvanizing positive change, Synapse Energy Economics is the place for you! We are a research and consulting firm specializing in economic and policy research, modeling, and analysis to provide electric sector solutions. Our work supports a broad range of public interest clients, including consumer advocates, environmental organizations, regulatory commissions, and state and federal agencies. Synapse produces expert reports and analysis for these clients and represents their technical interests in state and federal regulatory proceedings.

Synapse places great value on our staff - we are a high-energy, forward‐thinking, collaborative group with a real passion for the public interest and sustainability.

Synapse Energy Economics is seeking a Resource Planner with robust quantitative skills and project management experience. Candidates should have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel along with a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues such as sustainability, environmental justice, and consumer protection and experience with integrated resource planning.

Job Description: The Resource Planner will manage projects, proposals and teams related to topics such as integrated resource planning, coal plant retirements, electricity markets, energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, and electricity rates.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage projects and proposals (including budget, staff, and client management).
  • Assess utility company modeling approaches, scenario definitions, input assumptions and related parameterization. Work collaboratively with team members to refine analyses and develop reports and testimony.
  • Conduct electricity system modeling activities using industry-standard production cost and capacity expansion software (including, but not limited to PLEXOS, EnCompass, Strategist, System Optimizer, PROMOD), as well as in-house custom software tools.
  • Create, use, and maintain spreadsheet-based tools and other analytical platforms to analyze energy technologies, programs, and portfolios.
  • Perform economic and policy analysis, cost-benefit assessments and resource valuations for energy sector.
  • Clearly and succinctly summarize complex technical concepts to clients, regulators, and public audiences through papers, presentations, testimony, and meetings.
  • Defend analysis and refute opposing viewpoints and analysis.

 

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Physical Sciences, or related field.
  • At least 5 years of relevant industry work experience with a Master's or Bachelor's Degree, or
  • 2-5 years of relevant industry work experience with a Doctorate
  • At least 1 year of project management and budget management experience.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • A strong desire to work on behalf of public interest clients in improving energy planning and policy.
  • A clear understanding of economic principles.
  • Ability to work and communicate well in teams.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize critical tasks and conflicting requirements.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or Doctorate preferred.
  • State, federal, provincial electric utility regulatory experience preferred.
  • Standard programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, Python, Ruby, etc.), and statistical tools a plus, but not required.
  • Ability to develop persuasive arguments for testimony and reports based on analysis of quantitative and qualitative evidence.

 

We Offer:

  • Opportunities to work with established experts on cutting‐edge policy on behalf of public interest clients dedicated to consumer welfare and the environment.
  • The ability to inform energy policy and planning decisions at the local, state, regional, national, and global levels.
  • Support for employees’ professional and career development.
  • A team-based collegial work environment where we strive to balance work, personal life, and community involvement.
  • Autonomy and control over your work hours.
  • A flexible work environment.

 

Synapse is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals from the LGBTIQ community.

 

To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter to the form found here. This is a consultant position located at our office in Cambridge, MA.

Please direct all questions about this job posting to Erin Ash at eash@synapse-energy.com.