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Associate Counsel, Clean Energy - Albany or New York City Office

 

New York State 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 (CLCPA) in 2019, New York State codified the most aggressive climate change program in the nation, including goals to produce 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030; reach zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2040; and install 9 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035.

These targets have been incorporated by the New York State Public Service Commission into the State’s Clean Energy Standard (CES), which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Under the CES, NYSERDA conducts competitive solicitations for proposals to develop, build, own and operate renewable energy systems as defined under Public Service Law 66-p (including onshore renewable energy and offshore wind) that supply renewable electricity to New York State. The CES also encompasses the Zero Emission Credit (ZEC) program which provides financial support to certain zero emission resources. As a separate but related portion of the CES, NYSERDA administers the Build-Ready Program, in which NYSERDA partners with local communities across New York State to identify and advance under-utilized land for renewable energy projects.

NYSERDA’s solicitations culminate in the award of long-term contracts under which NYSERDA purchases the environmental attributes of supplied electricity, typically in the form of “renewable energy certificates” or “RECs.” The portfolio of contracts already awarded and managed by NYSERDA to date is worth tens of billions of dollars and continues to grow rapidly each year. Pursuant to the CES, the RECs purchased by NYSERDA are sold to New York State’s load-serving entities and passed down as generation supply charges to New York State ratepayers.

Job Overview

NYSERDA is seeking a motivated, dynamic and resourceful attorney in its Office of the General Counsel to provide legal support for NYSERDA’s administration of the CES.

In this role, the attorney will be exposed to a wide range of issues, state policy initiatives and regulatory processes in a high-stakes environment. For example, administration of the CES, and particularly the offshore wind program, is increasingly intertwined with economic development, including the award and administration of substantial grant funding to offshore wind supply chain projects.

The ideal candidate should have experience in energy project development, financing and/or regulatory matters and be committed to NYSERDA’s mission and helping the organization continually improve and execute its work. The attorney should be a self-starter who acts independently, directs one’s own work and can handle diverse tasks quickly and accurately within a high-pressure environment.

This role is a dynamic position utilizing the attorney’s knowledge and experience to both advise clients and to propose and execute upon creative strategies in line with the policy goals of NYSERDA and the State of New York.

NYSERDA seeks a creative, self-motivated, and knowledgeable individual to be responsible for energy sector modeling and analyses, with a focus on the buildings sector. The selected candidate should have strong quantitative analysis, energy sector modeling, and communication skills as well as project management experience.

This position will support energy market analysis, building decarbonization analysis, and tracking of alternative energy market trends as part of the Energy Markets team within Energy and Environmental Analysis. The Energy Markets program monitors the State of New York’s energy supply, evaluates energy workforce trends, and supports broader NYSERDA efforts to transition away from natural gas and other fossil fuels. The successful candidate will provide leadership for NYSERDA’s ongoing efforts to model, evaluate, and develop new clean energy transition policies, with a special focus on building electrification and decarbonization while continuing to center energy affordability and reliability. This position will also support intelligence gathering around conventional and alternative energy and the current state of energy markets in New York. This position will feature ongoing internal collaboration with NYSERDA teams along with external coordination with the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) and utilities across the state.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership developing, utilizing, and improving a suite of quantitative modeling tools, including supply curve and adoption models that assess potential and expected uptake for clean energy technologies in the built environment. Develop aptitude in using the modeling tools, gathering relevant data, and vetting results.
  • Apply these and other tools to carry out analysis to support policy development across NYSERDA and other State agencies, including modeling, forecasting, and quantitative analyses to assess impacts of existing and potential policies on technology adoption, energy supply and demand, energy prices and markets, emissions, the state economy, distributional and equity outcomes, and associated benefit-cost implications.
  • Help conceptualize and perform data analyses summarizing trends and modeling impacts for both internal and external stakeholders. Translate modeling results into clear visual representations.
  • Support essential NYSERDA deliverables, including the State Energy Plan, potential studies, and other major projects intended to deliver on the state’s energy and climate goals.
  • Apply knowledge of energy systems infrastructures, reliability requirements, and market dynamics to inform policy or project formation, and to represent NYSERDA at various forums to provide expert knowledge of New York State system requirements or desired policy outcomes.
  • Provide market intelligence on alternative fuels, especially hydrogen and bioenergy, and evaluate their potential role in decarbonizing New York’s economy.
  • Assess energy market price trends, price and use forecasts, supply-demand dynamics, and potential fuel supply infrastructure constraints that would require government response.
  • Serve as an energy systems expert resource to NYSERDA workforce, energy efficiency and renewable energy program staff and provide information and insight to help inform the development of clean energy programs.
  • 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.
  • Support tracking of metrics and reporting on accomplishments
  • Periodically serve as mentor to student interns or program support staff
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school and admission to the bar of New York State
    • 3 years’ experience in at least one of the following subject areas:
    • Energy and infrastructure project development and finance
    • Energy regulatory matters
    • Energy and infrastructure commercial contracts, such as power purchase agreements or REC agreements
    • Government contracting for energy and infrastructure projects
  • Demonstrated interest in energy/infrastructure, environmental and economic development law
  • Ability to listen, understand and communicate articulately and persuasively, in both verbal and written form
  • Resourcefulness and pragmatism, focused on finding effective solutions to complex issues that take into account the big picture while paying attention to detail
  • Strong diplomatic and discretion skills to navigate sensitive projects and negotiations among NYSERDA, private counterparties and inter-agency teams with varied interests
  • Possession of a deep appreciation for the inter-relationship of the needs and perspectives of internal and external stakeholders in supporting NYSERDA’s mission
  • Dedicated work ethic and resolute integrity
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive matters with absolute integrity and discretion
  • Ability to handle stressful situations with measured calmness and decisiveness

Salary

The salary range is $71,685 - $99,213. Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is offered.

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume.

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