Manager, CA Energy Market Policy & 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.

EDF’s Natural Gas Project

 

Natural gas is an important and growing part of our nation’s energy portfolio. It could be a win-win, if—and this is a big “if”—we do it the right way. The “right way” entails putting tough rules in place that lock in mandatory environmental safeguards to protect communities and reduce methane pollution, which undermines natural gas? role as a lower carbon alternative to coal and oil. EDF is taking a leading role to ensure that natural gas provides real and sustained greenhouse gas benefits without harming the environment or health of the communities where gas development and delivery occurs.

 

EDF has a long history of fighting for clean air to protect public health and the environment, at the state level and nationally. Within our Natural Gas Program, a key strategic priority is to reduce methane emissions below 1% across the natural gas supply chain in order to maximize the climate benefits of natural gas, reinforcing the environmental and public health argument for closing coal plants and the desirability of using natural gas to heat our homes and businesses.

 

EDF’s Gas to Clean Project

 

The increasing use of natural gas, especially for electricity generation, has important implications for the future of the energy system and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.  There must be a pathway for natural gas use to diminish over time and be replaced by lower emitting energy sources like betteries, wind and solar.  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 Oil & Gas Program, EDF’s Gas-to-Clean 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”) and many state public utility commissions are exploring market refinements to better harmonize natural gas and electricity 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.   

 

 

OVERALL FUNCTION

 

Under the direction of the Senior Director, Energy Market Policy, the Manager, Energy Market Policy & Regulation, will advance the priorities of EDF’s Gas-to-Clean program, with an initial focus on California, with engagement on gas and electric market design and interoperability issues. The Manager, Energy Market Policy & Regulation will be part of a team representing EDF’s interests at the California Independent System Operator and with state agencies including the California Public Utilities Commission advancing EDF’s priorities relating to the gas distribution sector and gas/electric coordination.

 

The position will report to the Senior Director, Energy Market Policy.

 

Location: San Francisco or Sacramento

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Gas to Clean Program (50%) 

  • Working with the Senior Director, Energy Market Policy and Director, California Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, play a leadership role in defining and implementing the strategic vision of the Gas to Clean project, and identifying opportunities for EDF engagement in California.

  • Serve as EDF’s lead representative in market operation & design stakeholder engagement processes in California, working in close collaboration with EDF’s Clean Energy team.

  • Direct EDF engagement in relevant state regulatory proceedings, in collaboration with EDF’s Office of Economic Policy and Analysis, and in consultation with EDF’s Clean Energy team, to reduce overreliance on gas utility infrastructure for reliability needs.

  • Collaborate with attorneys and other relevant team members to advance EDF’s participation in ongoing FERC proceedings considering market refinements, including enhanced coordination between the wholesale natural gas and electric markets in California.

  • Engage with EDF’s Office of Economic Policy Analysis and partner with academic institutions to advance analyses, research and EDF’s thought leadership on natural gas and electric market design gaps in order to advance the transition to a clean energy economy.

  • Implement partnerships with market participants including regulated utilities and clean energy providers to advance programmatic goals. 

 Gas Distribution Sector Advocacy and Strategic Planning (50%) 

  • Undertake leading role in EDF’s California engagement with, and manage relationships among external partners, state regulators, utility companies, technology providers, and scientists, in order to develop and implement California regulatory policy to reduce leaks and methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain.

  • Working closely with EDF’s California regulatory advocacy team, manage EDF policy advocacy in relevant state regulatory proceedings

  • Serve as expert witness on behalf of EDF in relevant regulatory proceedings.

  • Leverage public speaking and other external communication opportunities to enhance EDF’s programmatic objectives. Write blogs and journal articles, etc. in collaboration with EDF’s Communications team to communicate policy recommendations to target audiences.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE: 

  • Approximately six years experience in the corporate, public, consulting, academic or non-profit sectors, including demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and external partnerships to achieve program goals. Previous experience working for or with a utility company or public utility commission — or other regulated industry — is strongly desired.
  • Master’s degree in environmental studies/science or other science or technical field is a plus. Law degrees and degrees in public policy/administration, business or economics will also be considered, as will candidates with a relevant Bachelor’s degree with substantial relevant professional work experience, as described above.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, particularly the ability to translate legal, technical and utility policy information for non-experts. A writing sample and/or sample work product will be required as part of the interview process.
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Strong analytical skills and familiarity with use of empirical and quantitative analysis.  
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of natural gas and electric markets and their operation is a strong plus. Prior experience in engaging on state regulatory proceedings and/or market design stakeholder processes is also a plus.
  • An ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial environment.

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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