Attorney, Energy Markets and Utility Regulation

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

Environmental Defense Fund’s Wholesale Energy Market and Utility Advocacy

 

The energy system continues to rapidly evolve based on technological innovation, particularly in the clean energy and storage segments, and due, in part, to domestic shale gas abundance. Decreasing costs for clean energy suggest the possibility of accelerated market-driven deployment of distributed and renewable energy, storage, and demand response. Climate policy compels a change in the resource mix impacted by the need for strategic electrification, electric vehicle grid integration and a more controllable, data-driven energy system. Regional wholesale electricity markets in the US are critical advocacy forums for facilitating and amplifying these trends. The organized competitive markets provide the primary impetus channeling capital and investment for energy infrastructure deployment. EDF has a long history of achieving environmental goals through market-based mechanisms and incentives to protect public health and the environment, at the state level and nationally.

 

Within our Energy Program, EDF’s Wholesale Energy Markets project is helping provide a pathway for clean energy integration by refining energy market rules to direct capital investment for infrastructure designed to accelerate the trend to a more dynamic, responsive and renewable energy system. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and many state public utility commissions (PUCs) are exploring market refinements to update the wholesale electricity and natural gas market designs, which presents an opportunity to better guide the transition from coal to gas to clean energy—a crucial element of making sure natural gas use contributes to climate solutions.

  

In addition, many PUCs are considering how gas utilities can utilize non-traditional supply and demand solutions to meet peak period needs. Many PUCs are also weighing how gas utilities can integrate advanced leak detection and data analytics as a tool to quantify gas leaks and prioritize abatement investment. This federal and state level work presents an opportunity to better guide the transition from gas to clean energy—a crucial element to ensure natural gas use contributes to climate solutions.

 

Overall Function
Under the direction of Lead Counsel, Energy Markets and Utility Regulation, a highly qualified and deeply motivated attorney will help advance these goals. The Attorney will have responsibility for advancing EDF’s interests both before FERC and PUCs. S/he will also develop key alliances and partnerships both internally, with other EDF initiatives, and externally, with environmental groups, consumer advocates, and key market participants. 

 

Key Responsibilities
Tasks will include but are not limited to:
• Provide counsel on relevant FERC and PUC decisions, rulemakings, and policy statements
• Research and draft legal and policy documents for administrative litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and various policy venues
• Provide legal assistance and guidance to EDF’s Wholesale Markets team concerning studies, reports, and analyses on natural gas methane abatement and wholesale market rate design, including within RTO/ISO markets  
• Represent EDF before federal and state regulatory bodies on various energy policy matters
• Help advance advocacy strategies throughout the US with active involvement of senior EDF legal, policy, economics, scientific and technical staff and external experts and company partners

 

Qualifications
• Professional law degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association, with background in energy and administrative law
• Current member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, or District of Columbia
• Two to five years of professional legal experience, including experience before FERC or PUCs
• Ability to effectively communicate information in an advocacy setting
• Excellent research and analytical skills and strong written and communication skills
• Demonstrated intellectual leadership and independent thought
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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