Analyst, EEP Eval & Measurement

Naperville, IL

The position is responsible for management and analytic support of all planning, evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) activities of energy efficiency programs, will help develop the strategy for energy efficiency programs and measures in the future. The position is highly analytical and will require the individual to blend the application of business, strategic, and design thinking with technology and quantitative / economic modeling methods to enable better data driven decision making. This position is responsible for managing and leading complex analytical projects requiring use of data analysis, data visualization, and statistical modeling techniques. The role will work closely with internal and external stakeholders such as commission staff, independent evaluators, and implementation vendors to accurately plan, evaluate and measure portfolio and program energy savings.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills )

Education: BA or BS in business, economics, engineering, accounting, mathematics, or related field required.

Preferred: Master’s degree in business, public policy or engineering. Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) or Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

Special Skills: • MS Excel and Excel Models, Visual Basic, Power BI, Azure, Statistical Analysis, Database management, MS Access, SQL, or equivalent.

• Knowledge of the gas industry (electric a plus); energy efficiency program planning, design, implementation and evaluation, state, and national energy policy.

• Regulatory experience, including managing regulatory processes or contributing to regulatory filings.

• Knowledge of relevant industry practice and legislation.

• Knowledge or experience in Process Excellence / Lean Six Sigma is a plus.

Position Related Experience: 5 years of related experience in energy efficiency evaluation or energy industry related analytical and/or regulatory work.

OR any combination of education and work experience which permits the candidate to meet position work requirements.

MAJOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Specify major duties performed by the job and % of time spent on duties.

Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Support and Mgmt.

  • Manage EM&V studies including procurement of external consulting resources, oversight of study methodologies and execution, management of time and budgets, and review of study results.

  • Lead a team of contractors, employees and consultants charged with successful evaluation, measurement and verification of residential, commercial, and income qualified EE programs.

  • Support the Company's EM&V process in regulatory proceedings including filing of testimony and serving as an expert witness in Docketed proceedings.

  • Manage legal agreements associated with EM&V consultants.

  • Manage cost effectiveness screening of energy efficiency measures and programs.

  • Manage planning efforts for EM&V activities associated with new energy efficiency programs, products and services that meet statutory objectives.

  • Facilitate data delivery to study consultant/market research contractors by interpretation of study data requirements for study managers and data developers.

  • Analyze, interpret, and report on EMV and cost effectiveness study results, and make related recommendations and manage implementation of recommendations.

  • Assist in reviewing work products for accuracy.

Program Planning and Analysis

  • Manage the multi-year and annual strategic planning process; oversee the preparation of efficiency potential assessments; developing planning models, establish targets; and participate in the statewide Planning process.

  • Plan long term and short-term future energy efficiency programs and services by collaborating with implementation, product development, marketing and external stakeholders; analyzing cost-effectiveness; analyzing large data sets; researching new technologies; incorporating customer or study feedback.

  • Review innovative research methods and methodologies to be used for EM&V, cost effectiveness, customer and market studies.

  • Organize large amount of raw data and perform complex statistical analysis. Map forecast and planning data into excel planning models. Generate and perform quality assurance on the planning model inputs and output results for regulatory reporting and presentations.

  • Participate in regulatory efforts related to energy efficiency approval including stakeholder meetings, technical sessions, hearings, preparing reports or information requests, preparing regulatory filings and plans.

  • Identify, develop and validate assumptions related to energy efficiency for the various analyses (i.e. economic impacts, fairness, prudency, customer equity, costs, risks, etc.) required for defining the department’s strategic plan and to support the decision making process.

TRM Management

  • Maintain knowledge of all energy efficiency measures in TRM and have the ability to understand algorithms used and impacts of changes to the energy efficiency programs.

  • Implement processes to monitor, maintain, and change the TRM, including tracking of annual filings with the ICC.

  • Coordinate TRM efforts with other utilities and stakeholders including the statewide SAG members.

  • Responsible for incorporating results from market potential studies, program evaluation results, and research activities as necessary to develop new or modify current TRM measures.

  • Provide regular reports, analysis, and recommendations of TRM changes and status to energy efficiency program for use in marketing strategies and tactical plans.

Duties Discretion:

10% Employee receives clear instructions from supervisor regarding what to do and how to do it.

15% Tasks follow set guidelines or procedures.

25% Employee must consider alternative courses of action and then make a decision after considering the options.

50% Employee has the authority to make significant choices and decisions, without specific guidance or direction from the supervisor.

Explanation: The position does require significant understanding of the industry, and evaluation theory and strategies. Consolidation of changes in EM&V activities, and incorporation into the TRM, and ultimately the planning efforts is key to assure the portfolio constantly adjusts to changing key parameters. There is engagement with many external entities, where key decision making occurs through this role.

Task Complexity:

20% Tasks are straight-forward, routine, and often repetitive.

30% Tasks are varied and fairly complex.

50% Assignments are quite varied and highly complex.

Explanation: There is significant acumen required to manage the complexity associated with the coordination and implications of changes that ripple through the entire planning and design systems as a result of evaluation changes annually. This role does require a high degree of attention to detail, and command of policy and implications of changes when negotiating with third parties to identify and minimize changes to the portfolio.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of over four million U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to a supply of clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 3230

Job Category: Data Analytics

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Nicor Gas

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