Location: All Region - West I (AZ CO ID MT NM NV UT WY)
Mission(s): Environment
Job Type: Full Time
Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

Career Level: Mid Career (2+ Years Experience)
Nonprofit Experience: Desired / Not Required

***Position Summary***
Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is seeking an experienced Policy Analyst or Senior Analyst to develop and advocate for policies and mechanisms that promote the development of regional energy markets in the West. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of energy market policy and design, including day-ahead, real-time, and ancillary services markets. The candidate should be familiar with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and its market services, including the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). Knowledge of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and its market services is also encouraged. An understanding of market design necessary to increase the cost-effective and reliable integration of renewable energy will be critical, including (but not limited to) knowledge of the following market design issues: greenhouse gas tracking and accounting, security constrained economic dispatch, generator self-scheduling, transmission availability, transmission access charges, congestion revenue rights, resource participation, resource sufficiency tests, uplift payments, negative pricing, greenhouse gas accounting, and intertie scheduling. The Energy Market Policy Analyst will report to the Senior Staff Attorney managing WRA’s regional energy markets work, who is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

WRA’s Clean Energy Program works to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity production in the region by fostering a transition away from fossil-fueled resources towards renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy technologies, with a primary focus is on reducing the power sector’s contribution to climate change.

***About Western Resource Advocates***
Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers and Western Lands.

In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges. We envision a future in the West where:

- Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea;
- Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy;
- Half of western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West’s natural beauty; and
- The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.

Ideally, this position will be based in WRA’s Salt Lake City office.  However, this position may also be based in one of WRA’s other offices in Boulder, Carson City, Denver, Phoenix, or Santa Fe. 

***Job Responsibilities***
- Represent WRA at CAISO, SPP, and other regional meetings of interest.
- Monitor stakeholder processes focused on relevant market design issues and be able to succinctly summarize technical issues in preparation for developing higher level stakeholder comments and recommendations.
- Work with the Senior Staff Attorney to develop stakeholder comments and recommendations in a variety of forums, including CAISO and SPP stakeholder processes, EIM Governing Body meetings, regional meetings of state utility regulators, and state regulatory proceedings.
- Work with the Senior Staff Attorney and the Clean Energy Program Director to develop a roadmap for WRA’s regional energy market engagement, to be used as input for strategic planning, funding requests, and grant reporting.
- Collaborate with WRA program and Communications staff to produce and disseminate materials that effectively communicate our mission, goals and the results of our work to external audiences.
- Assist with guidance of outside expert and legal consultants.
- Monitor and track relevant state, regional and federal policy developments.

- 3+ years (Analyst) or 5+ years (Senior Analyst) of experience working on electricity regulation and energy market issues.
- A professional degree or equivalent experience in economics, engineering, public policy, or related disciplines.
- Strong written and oral communication abilities.
- Comfort and skill in communicating technical issues at a level commensurate with a variety of audience types, including regulators, policymakers, utility management, and other stakeholders.
- Experience testifying as an expert witness before state public utility commissions is desirable, but not required.
- Ability to build relationships and collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
- Genuine passion for the mission and work of WRA.
- Willingness and ability to travel 20-30% of the time, with most travel being limited to the Western U.S.

***Salary and Benefits***
Competitive salary based on relative experience; the salary range for this position will be provided to applicants invited to a first round interview. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation leave, sick leave, parental leave, sabbatical leave after five years; and an RTD EcoPass for staff in the Denver/Boulder metro area.  Position is full-time exempt.

***How to Apply ***
Applications will only be accepted through WRA’s online portal at  You will need to upload the following in PDF format through the online portal:

- Compelling cover letter to the attention of Richard Trilsch, Vice President of Finance and Administration, explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in WRA;
- Resume; 
- Any salary requirement;
- A writing sample (written testimony if possible); and
- Three references, including at least one former supervisor, with contact information and a brief description of your relationship.  (WRA will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.)

Please be sure to mention in your cover letter where you saw the job advertised.  

Diversity and inclusion are a critical component of our business strategy, mission and vision.  We welcome candidates from an array of backgrounds and experiences to join our team.   

***Deadline to Apply: Open Until Filled  ***

Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.

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