Vice President, Large-Scale Renewables - Albany or New York City Office (#616)

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, co-Chaired by NYSERDA, 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 – all while delivering critical benefits to historically underserved and otherwise disadvantaged communities. 

Against the backdrop of these policies and other actions taken in 2020, NYSERDA’s mission rises in importance and urgency: working to advance clean energy innovation and investments to combat climate change, improving the health, resiliency, and prosperity of New Yorkers and delivering benefits equitably to all. To effectuate this mission and make progress toward our long-term vision for New York, success for NYSERDA and New York as a whole will require bolder ambition, deeper decarbonization, swifter execution, greater emphasis on disadvantaged communities and low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers, elevated focus on green jobs and economic development, and more targeted technology/resource offerings, among other priorities. These drivers signal a need for doubling-down and executing on existing programmatic efforts, while also undertaking new activities and making new forays to accelerate the pace of progress and keep New York at the cutting edge of technological and policy innovation.

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 and a new “Build-Ready” program at NYSERDA focused on advancing renewable energy projects on underutilized land throughout the 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, charged with advancing both land-based renewable energy and offshore wind resources in a cost effective and responsible manner, is at the forefront of this endeavor, leading a focused effort to increase the penetration of utility-scale renewables for the State, including land-based and offshore wind, utility-scale solar, hydroelectric power, and other renewable resources.

NYSERDA seeks to add a Vice President of Large-Scale Renewables to join NYSERDA’s Executive Team and to lead the growing and impactful Large-Scale Renewables team. The Vice President reports to the President and CEO and will manage approximately 25 team members with 5 direct reports.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the State’s renewable policy development efforts and work with other involved agencies and stakeholders to ensure that such efforts are advanced through a balanced and timely framework
  • Manage fiscal and operational matters relating to the large-scale renewable portfolio, totaling over $10 billion in commitments and roughly $650 million in annual expenditures in 2021 (to grow)
  • Lead aspects of the State’s strategic decision making and renewable policy development and provide input regarding the impact, costs, stakeholder needs, policy alignment, and potential market impacts of such decisions
  • Collaborate with members of the Large-Scale Renewables team and others across the state to implement these policies in an efficient and informed manner which is consistent with policy objectives
  • Impart a deep and broad base of technical and market knowledge regarding large-scale renewable development into State deliberations in order to shape State programs in a market-sensitive manner
  • Establish productive working relationships with related management and staff at the New York State Department of Public Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York Independent System Operator, large-scale renewable owners and developers, transmission owners and developers, and interested stakeholders in order to expand the efficacy of these processes and ultimate policies
  • Drive projects and policies forward by gathering and effectively organizing required information, communicating effectively and professionally with internal and external stakeholders, developing and monitoring plans, and overseeing the responsibilities and commitments of the team members
  • Represent NYSERDA in collaborative initiatives with other NYS agencies and public and private entities and in technical conferences, public meetings and other forums
  • Perform other responsibilities as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10 years of industry experience with large-scale renewable policy and/or project development, financing, construction or similar
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Genuine passion for matters relating to energy and the environment
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing policy solutions
  • Project management and leadership skills including the ability to work as a team leader and team member, maintain project timelines, budgets, and deliver on commitments
  • Highest level of communication and interpersonal skills involving the ability to work cross-functionally to understand requirements, present alternatives and recommendations
  • Self-starter who acts independently, directs one’s own work and can handle diverse tasks quickly and accurately within a high-pressure environment

Preferences:

  • Master’s degree
  • Knowledge of energy markets and systems, renewable energy technology and associated infrastructure
  • Experienced in renewable energy project development or renewable energy finance, utility operations or independent system operator functions
  • Strong stakeholder outreach and engagement capabilities including advanced public-speaking and presentation skills

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 616 in the Subject Line.