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 700 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 where innovation and results are a way of life.

 

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

EDF’s 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. 

 

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 energy markets and utility regulation team 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 are exploring market refinements to update the wholesale electricity and natural gas market designs, which presents an opportunity to better guide the transition to clean energy.  The opportunity in Texas following the February winter storm is particularly important and opens the door to significant change and reform to the state’s energy system.

 

 

 

Energy Program Overview

 

The goal of the EDF Energy Program is to bend the curve on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production and use by 2030, while meeting the world’s energy needs cleanly and equitably. We are achieving this through a defined set of objectives targeted at 1) reducing emissions from oil and gas production, delivery, and use, and 2) reducing demand for oil and gas in power generation, transportation, buildings, and industry. To achieve our goal, we seek reforms in law, regulation, and/or business practice through a set of strategic corporate partnerships, direct engagement with policymakers, and mobilizing investor and public sentiment in favor of change. In achieving our objectives, we facilitate cutting-edge science, technical innovation, and rigorous economic and financial analysis to develop durable solutions.

 

 

 

Overall Function

 

Under the direction of the Lead Attorney, Energy Markets & Utility Regulation, the Attorney, Energy Markets and Utility Regulation will be responsible for providing legal and policy research, writing, analysis, and effective communication in order to develop, advocate for, implement and defend the priorities of EDF before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). 

 

This is a 1-year term position.

 

 

 

Key Responsibilities

 

• Preparing and filing of a range of litigation and regulatory documents including analyses, comments, complaints, briefs and motions that must conform to relevant rules of court and administrative practice.
• Identifying state-level opportunities to advance EDF’s advocacy though formal proceedings and in informal stakeholder settings.
• Researching and preparing policy analysis and formal and informal written materials for internal and external audiences on major legal, legislative, and regulatory issues.
• Developing reports, whitepapers and other materials to influence decision-makers and engage in public education and outreach.
• Analyzing complex information and stakeholder perspectives to determine or recommend resources and strategies that advance EDF’s objectives.
• Building and participating in coalitions and collaborations with diverse partners, including environmental justice organizations.
• Identifying and engaging key allies in policy development and advocacy.
• Incorporating the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice into EDF’s advocacy.
• Professionally representing EDF at various important internal and external events and in the media.

• Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.
• Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned.

 

 

 

Qualifications
• Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school, and current membership in the Texas Bar.
• At least 3-5 years’ experience including experience practicing before the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
• Excellent legal research and analytical skills with ability to collect, manipulate, analyze, and interpret legal data and prepare reports of findings.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to translate complex topics and technical terminology for non-technical audiences.
• Uses independent judgment and discretion to determine or recommend best course of action.
• Familiarity with key stakeholders and ability to establish and maintain working relationships with internal and external allies.
• Strategic and creative thinker, willing to consider outside-the-box solutions to solve novel and complex challenges.
• Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to work on fast-paced, dynamic issues.

• Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a diverse team.
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize effectively, and be flexible.
• Computer proficiency, experience with Microsoft Office programs.

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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