Project Manager, Large-Scale Renewables (2 Openings) - Albany or New York City Office (#606/7)

New York is leading the nation in the fight on global climate change and the transition to a clean energy-powered economy.  With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act  [PDF](CLCPA), New York has codified the most aggressive climate change program in the nation with goals to produce 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030; reach zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2040; install 9 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; 6 gigawatts of solar by 2025; and 3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030.  Additionally, the law creates the Climate Action Council comprised of the leaders of various state agencies and authorities as well as legislative appointments to develop a plan outlining how the state will achieve an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, and eventually net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy. 

On April 2, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act [PDF] (Accelerated Renewables Act), which makes major changes in the forum and permitting process for large-scale renewable projects.  Specifically, the bill established a new renewable siting structure to be managed by a new office within the Department of State.

On October 15, 2020, the PSC issued its Order Adopting Modifications to the Clean Energy Standard [PDF] (Order).  In the Order, the PSC adopted several modifications to the Clean Energy Standard (CES) to align it with the CLCPA mandates.  The Order authorizes NYSERDA, as central procurement administrator, to adopt procurement targets to meet the 70% renewable energy goal by 2030 and establish new renewable energy tiers in the furtherance of this goal. 

NYSERDA’s Large-Scale Renewables team is at the forefront of this endeavor.  The Large-Scale Renewables team executes on solicitations to support renewable resources through REC contracts.  NYSERDA also administers the agreements resulting from these competitive solicitations to ensure that the proposed projects are developed in compliance with contractual requirements, reach commercial operation and continue to deliver RECs to New York for the tenor of the contracts.  Once operational, the projects report their energy production through the New York Generation Attribute Tracking System (NYGATS), a market-based trading and accounting platform for the generation attributes such as RECs, which is also used to report the State’s progress toward the achievement of the Clean Energy Standard mandate.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Support the design and execution of NYSERDA’s procurement programs including:
    • Stakeholder engagement and collaboration to support program and policy evolution, including lessons learned through successive procurements
    • Engagement and management of external contractors to support the solicitation process
    • Solicitation drafting in accordance with the New York State Public Service Commission’s regulatory instructions and New York State policy priorities
    • Coordinating proposal intake and the evaluation process to support rigorous, meticulously documented and defensible solicitation outcomes that are made on behalf of the State’s ratepayers
    • Coordinating and developing a procurement’s associated high profile and publicly scrutinized documentation and reporting process on behalf of the State’s ratepayers
  • Proactively manage contracts for complex renewable energy projects in development
  • Analyze the performance of LSR projects under contract with NYSERDA and provide quarterly reports, synthesizing progress towards Commercial Operation
  • Develop and perform analysis to evaluate the cost and benefits of policies that support New York State’s climate goals established by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act
  • Develop and perform quantitative analyses to assess impacts of existing and potential energy policies on renewable energy supply, demand and markets
  • Manage external contractor teams engaged in analysis on behalf of NYSERDA as well as participate in and lead teams from NYSERDA and other State agencies to advance projects
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3 years of relevant competitive procurement, renewable energy, project development, financing, or operational experience
  • Bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree preferred
  • Knowledge of renewable energy technologies and development processes
  • Strong project management skills
  • Superior organizational, time management and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Excellent record keeping, database management and organization skills
  • Must be a self-starter and function well independently and in teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferences:

    • Experienced in renewable energy project development and financing or in the design, installation, operation, monitoring, maintenance, or repair of renewable generation facilities
    • Knowledgeable of wholesale energy markets or REC markets
    • Experienced in Large-Generator Interconnection and Small-Generator Interconnection processes
    • Experienced in the commissioning, testing and synchronization of Large-Scale Renewable power generation facilities
    • Experienced in the asset management or the operations and maintenance of Large-Scale Renewable power generation facilities

    To Apply

    Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov and include the Title and Job Code 606/7 in the Subject Line.