Policy and Research Analyst, Utilities Program

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Closing Date: 
Mon, 11/18/2019

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a qualified analyst for its Utilities Program.  ACEEE is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. 

ACEEE’s organizational culture is collaborative and team-oriented with a strong dedication to its mission.  Staff work at an upbeat pace within a dynamic and ambitious environment with opportunities for professional growth and development.  There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE a fun and fulfilling place to work.

Position Description:

The Utilities Program analyst position is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional candidate with research and policy training or experience and a desire to advance the use of energy efficiency in the utility sector. The utility industry is dynamic and rapidly changing, with ample opportunity for energy efficiency to meet diverse and evolving system needs, from equity and affordability to climate change mitigation and resilience.

The analyst will report to the senior manager of the Utilities Program. The core responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research and analysis on projects that benchmark utility energy efficiency performance, encourage best practice efficiency program design and evaluation, and expand the role of energy efficiency in utility business models, rate design, and system planning.
  • Support ACEEE’s policy outreach and technical assistance work to support utilities, state regulators, and advocates in advancing energy efficiency in policy and markets.
  • Contribute research and content to reports, white papers, regulatory testimony, policy briefs, blog posts, and other materials.
  • Support working groups, conferences, convenings, and other engagement efforts to bring stakeholders together to solve complex challenges (e.g., diverse stakeholders motivations and incentives, political barriers, market barriers like split incentives and information asymmetry) and enable growth in energy efficiency.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

  • Highly analytical and solutions-oriented. The analyst will conduct rigorous, peer-reviewed primary research. They will deftly synthesize complex data, find meaning in the noise, and use analysis to bring forth solutions to challenging problems. They will actively incorporate the perspectives of multiple communities as they analyze and develop these solutions.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills. The analyst will produce detailed research for reports, white papers, fact sheets, and regulatory comments, and present those research results through presentations, webinars, and blog posts.
  • Highly motivated, able to juggle multiple projects with competing deadlines. The analyst should be well-organized, efficient, and detailed-oriented, and adept at coordinating complex, long-term projects independently and as part of teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. The analyst will coordinate and collaborate with ACEEE staff members and external stakeholders on cross-cutting projects. They will have the ability to listen to different perspectives and the skills to convince others to understand their viewpoint.



  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of work experience, or Master’s degree
  • Exceptional research and analysis skills
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter, strong curiosity and creativity
  • Desire to work collaboratively and strong emotional intelligence
  • Passion for becoming an energy efficiency champion, and growing the market for energy efficiency in the utility industry


  • Energy industry experience (e.g., at a public utilities commission, utility, or as a consumer/environmental advocate)
  • Master’s degree in relevant field, with significant study of public policy, economics, and technology preferred
  • Experience with energy efficiency policy, planning, or implementation, including the ability to find and review regulatory filings
  • Understanding of electricity markets, rate design, resource planning, and/or utility business models a plus

Preferred start date: January 2020, based in Washington, DC  

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes ACEEE’s generous benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage; a 403(b) retirement plan; transportation and bike share benefits; three weeks of vacation in the first year and four weeks thereafter. 

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to job_openings@aceee.org and use “Policy and Research Analyst, Utilities Program” in the subject line. We do not accept phone calls.

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ACEEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability