As a member of senior management, the Director of Load and Energy Resource Optimization will play a crucial role in developing and implementing strategies related to power supply, flexible load and other distributed energy resource programs and projects. You will be responsible for rate innovation, beneficial electrification strategies, local storage and renewable projects and energy procurement strategies to support the CPCNH's mission and strategy. You will work closely with our CEO and a new team consisting of a Director of Administration, a Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs and a Director of Member Services.
Our organization is governed by a 20-member volunteer board focused on efficiently assisting member municipalities and counties to realize and expand the benefits of Community Power throughout New Hampshire. Our Board Chair, Clifton Below — a former State Representative, Senator, and PUC Commissioner who authored NH’s Community Power Act and co-authored NH’s Utility Restructuring Act (the first in the nation) is providing expertise as lead advisor and advocate on the agency’s regulatory and legislative engagement activities. Our volunteer Officers, Board of Directors, seven committees, and seventy (70) community Member representatives are engaged, have a wide range of expertise, and are committed to the success of CPCNH.
We are dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to take control of their energy future, reduce their carbon footprint, and create a clean and resilient energy system. Our mission is to foster resilient New Hampshire communities by empowering them to realize their energy goals. If you want to make real and sustained changes to how communities interact with energy, working with a collaborative and energetic team, this is the place for you.
Develop and implement flexible load and power resource optimization strategies:
Collaborate with stakeholders to identify, design, and implement initiatives that optimize load flexibility and maximize renewable generation potential for CPCNH members.
Plan, develop, negotiate, and implement adequate, reliable, and economic wholesale power and energy options for CPCNH’s energy products.
Establish performance metrics, budget forecasts, and track the progress of flexible load and power resource initiatives.
Assure compliance with environmental attributes, regulations, and voluntary environmental attributes procurements.
Develop, recommend, and conform to risk management policies and procedures of CPCNH and as may be required by law, regulation, and wholesale market rules.
Represent CPCNH on flexible load and power resource strategy and take actions to influence development of related topics at state, regional and national levels to support the CPCNH mission.
Manage and suggest membership in relevant industry associations, representing the coalition's interests and actively participating in committee meetings and events.
Serve as primary staff support for the Risk Management Committee
Research and analyze innovative rate designs that incentivize flexible load management through beneficial electrification, energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy and storage development.
Collaborate with community stakeholders, utilities, and policymakers to implement rate innovation.
Data analysis and programming:
Responsible for assuring CPCNH has data analysis and modeling expertise using extensive data sets to extract trends and forecast load patterns, generation potential, and program effectiveness.
Responsible for the development of algorithms and tools to optimize load flexibility and facilitate innovative rate designs.
Collaborate with the CPCNH team to build data-driven conclusions and communicate findings effectively.
Monitor activity and trends in the wholesale power, energy and environmental attributes markets, transmission, and related federal and state legislation and regulations.
Support CPCNH reporting of member allocation of operational revenues and costs associated with flexible load and power resource strategies.
Manage the development and submittal of grant proposals to secure funding for flexible load and power resource strategies.
Ensure compliance with grant requirements, and tracking and monitoring performance metrics, budgets, and expenditures.
Contribute to the development of an annual budget as necessary to implement load and energy resource optimization strategies.
Other duties as assigned:
Take on additional responsibilities and projects as necessitated by the evolving needs of the organization.
Bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as electrical Engineering, Business or Economics required. A master's degree is preferred.
Ten years of experience in energy management, grid optimization, power supply planning or related fields, with a focus on flexible load and power resource programs within an RTO/ISO footprint. Understanding of electric utility industry dynamics, energy markets, and regulatory frameworks, including demand side management and renewable generation integration.
Proficiency in data analysis with a focus on RTO/ISO data sets and market analytics. Knowledge and proficiency in data analysis programming languages a plus
Strong analytical skills and the ability to work with large data sets to draw meaningful conclusions and make data-driven recommendations.
Experience in grant management, including proposal writing, budgeting, and compliance a plus.
Excellent project management and organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders and present complex concepts in a clear and concise manner.
A passion for sustainable energy and a commitment to driving positive change in the community.
Proficiency in the use of Ascend Analytics PowerSIMM portfolio risk management & resource planning software a plus.
If you are excited about the prospect of joining our team and believe that you can contribute to our success, we encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet all the qualifications listed. We value the unique strengths and perspectives each individual brings to our organization.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary will be competitive within the electric utility industry, with compensation dependent on experience and qualifications.
We believe in creating a positive work environment that nurtures and supports our employees' well-being. We are proud to offer an employee benefits package that reflects our community centric mission and values, including comprehensive health care, disability and life insurance, retirement contribution match programs, paid vacation, sick leave, family leave, and flexible work schedules.
Hybrid. This position will be based out of our Lebanon, New Hampshire office with an expectation of 1-2 office days each week and as necessary in our satellite office at the state capital (Concord, NH). Statewide travel may occasionally be required.
Additional time in-office and at variable remote locations, including for Board and Committee meetings and in-person staff meetings will be required on an as-needed basis. As these needs may arise urgently, the Coalition expects the Director of Load and Energy Resource Optimization to be available to meet in or around either office location within one day’s time (except while on vacation).
Working Conditions and Essential Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position. Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities. The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard and other office equipment. The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position may occasionally require lifting and/or moving objects. The Coalition will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability upon request. Possession and continued maintenance of a valid New Hampshire driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation and a safe driving record are required.
THE COMMUNITY POWER COALITION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE IS COMMITTED TO CREATING A DIVERSE WORKFORCE AND SUPPORTIVE AND AFFIRMING SPACE FOR STAFF REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, COLOR, SEX, AGE, DISABILITY, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AND NATIONAL ORIGIN OR GENETIC CHARACTERISTIC. PEOPLE OF COLOR, WOMEN, AND THOSE WHO IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
The Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire (the Coalition) is a democratically governed and forward-thinking all-requirements Joint Powers Agency incorporated to launch and operate Community Power Aggregation (CPA) programs to meet the needs of our growing membership of thirty-five municipalities, representing a quarter of New Hampshire’s population.
The Coalition launched default supply service for our first twelve CPA programs in April 2023. We serve more customers than any other competitive supplier, and two of the three investor-owned utilities, in the state. Over the Coalition’s first year of operations, we will have maintained rate savings between 10% to 40% relative to utility supply service, depending on the utility and class, while accruing financial reserves sufficient to cover over three months of operating expenses.
The Coalition helps provide energy solutions for communities, speak with one voice at the Legislature and Public Utilities Commission, and benefit participating communities by providing for the delivery of cleaner and more locally produced electricity, “total energy bill” savings, innovative retail distributed energy and demand flexibility progra...ms, joint public advocacy and policy engagement, and the deployment of local programs, projects, and energy infrastructure investments.