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Economist, Energy Analyst Bone Gap

Environmental Law & Policy Center

Environmental Law & Policy Center Bone Gap IL United States

3 months ago

Job Description

About ELPC...

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy organization. We drive transformational policy changes with national impacts.

We show that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together by putting sustainability principles into practice. We advance climate solutions effectively by accelerating clean renewable energy alternatives to conventional power plants and advancing clean transportation solutions. We protect the Great Lakes and defend the Midwest’s wild and natural places, and we fight for safe, clean water and healthy clean air for all. We combine effective public interest litigation with strategic policy advocacy, sound science, and economic analysis. ELPC produces strong results for the environment in the courtrooms, boardrooms, and legislative hearing rooms across the pivotal Midwest states and in Washington D.C.

Are you passionate about making a difference in the climate change fight? Do you care about the environment and the legacy we will leave for our children? Are you an economist with excellent analytical and quantitative skills with experience in the energy sector? If so, our Energy Analyst position may be a perfect match for you!

Come join our winning team of talented, mission-driven professionals, who passionately work together to protect the environment and natural resources in the Midwest region.

LOCATION: Chicago, IL or one of our Midwestern offices in Minneapolis, MN, Des Moines, IA, Grand Rapids, MI, Columbus, OH or Washington DC. ELPC is committed to work-life flexibility and offers a hybrid work environment.

Job Summary

The Economist, Energy Analyst will perform complex technical and financial analysis to support ELPC’s advocacy in cases before state public utility commissions, legislatures, courts, and in the court of public opinion.

The Economist, Energy Analyst will work with ELPC attorneys and policy advocates throughout the Midwest. They will play a key role in developing, promoting, and evaluating policies to promote clean energy deployment via utility and government programs throughout the Midwest.

Essential Job Functions
• Conducting qualitative and/or quantitative analysis to support the development of expert testimony or technical reports.
• Reviewing and interpreting comments or testimony submitted in regulatory proceedings and developing arguments with evidence that can either compellingly support or rebut the issues.
• Developing insights into the economic, technical, and policy implications of various regulatory proposals.
• Developing high-quality presentation, communication, and education material, including presentations; white papers or reports; and discussion-facilitation material.
• Explaining technical concepts associated with work to non-technical audiences. Presenting project findings in both formal and informal settings, with both internal and external audiences.

Education & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree required; MBA, MPP or Master’s Degree (preferred) in a relevant field such as economics, finance, energy analysis and policy, engineering.
• A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in the energy sector, with 5+ years preferred. Experience in electric or natural gas utility financial/accounting issues, regulatory proceedings, grid planning, business strategy, or equivalent professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Experience performing economic analysis of electric/gas utility business practices including financial statements and reports.
• Knowledge of and ability to conduct research and analysis related to utility grids, renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage, as well as testifying on these issues in regulatory proceedings.
• Smart self-starter with track record of initiative and success.
• Should understand and enjoy multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy that involves media, legislative, policy analysis and organizing.
• Team player who works effectively with ELPC’s multidisciplinary project teams including attorneys, policy advocates, communications specialists, and organizers.
• Refined writing and persuasive oral advocacy abilities that bring a high level of credibility to testimony.
• Familiarity with regional energy markets (FERC/MISO/PJM) is a plus.
• Proficiency in Microsoft suite, especially Excel and Powerpoint.
• Ability to operate independently as well as part of a geographically dispersed team, work on varying assignments as needed and manage multiple priorities with defined deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal skills including demonstrated ability to build productive relationships with clients, coalition partners, experts, and governmental officials.

Estimated Travel
• 10 - 20% domestic travel


ELPC offers an attractive salary and benefits package, competitive to leading national environmental non-profits. Salary will be commensurate with experience; starting salary for an incumbent who meets the minimum experience will be $70,000

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