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Your Major: Economics/Policy BS

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So, what do B.S. Economics & Policy majors do in sustainable energy?  Here are some examples from past listings (2014 - 2015).  While you cannot apply for these specific jobs, they show you types of jobs you could get and should be looking for.

Article written by Joey Griggs, University of Rochester; updated in 2015 by Gabrielle Scullard, University of Rochester

 

 

 
icon efficiency.jpg Analyst, Nexant. In this position, you will provide analyst support including project research, data collection, organizational evaluation, and energy analytics and econometrics, contribute to research efforts related to operations and efficiency, conduct primary and secondary data collection, perform basic data entry, complete data and statistical analysis, and contribute to preparation of draft reports, including results and recommendations. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in economics or related field, as well as coursework or experience background in fiscal management, survey and questionnaire design, and econometrics.  

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Industry: Smart Grid and Energy Efficiency

icon consulting.jpg Policy Analyst, Clean Energy Collective. The Policy Analyst researches and interprets policy direction and develops or provides advice and counsel regarding specific policy/program impacts or changes, to support CEC’s work within existing policies and contributions to new legislation for the creation of policies that optimally fit CEC’s business objective and practices, as well as provide product and market research and lead and participate in policy development assignments and projects. The ideal candidate should have 3+ years of relevant energy policy experience, knowledge of legislation, regulations and standards processes, excellent research and legislative drafting skills, strong interpersonal and communication skills, lobbying and relationship building experience resulting in the effective agreement amongst parties (buy-in) on a satisfactory solution, and advanced computer knowledge, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.  

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Industry: Consulting

icon wildcard.jpg Industry Economist, Department of Energy. The industrial economist performs segments of economic analyses projects, compiles, organizes and analyzes data, participates in evaluations of impacts of new technologies, systems and policies, performs sound economic analyses reflective of real world environments, and participates in facets of planning, designing and conducting tests to obtain and validate data, models and proposed enhancements. This position requires one year of experience applying quantitative methods and techniques used to gather, analyze and evaluate information concerning economic factors, energy market conditions or energy industrial practices.  

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Industry: Gov/NGO

icon consulting.jpg Consultant (Energy Efficiency), Navigant. The position involves working with clients involved in a wide range of planning and evaluation activities within the subject areas of energy efficiency, demand response, innovative pricing, incentive ratemaking, market analysis, and integration of supply-side and demand-side resources, and interacting with government agencies, utility staff,  third-party program implementers, equipment manufacturers, trade organizations, and efficiency advocates. Qualifications include relevant experience in the energy/utility industry, econometrics expertise, a strong understanding of one or several econometrics and programming packages, such as SAS, Matlab, Stata, Gauss, and R, strong knowledge of recent advances in econometrics, statistics, decision theory, and benefit-cost analysis, experience in energy economics analysis, and familiarity with survey methodology, particularly sample design, and the integration of survey data in econometric models.  

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Industry: Consulting

icon utility.jpg Strategic Planning Intern, NiSource. The intern will gather data on market and industry to provide insight on key strategic issues, create spreadsheets to model complex financial decisions and/or analyze data, assist in the writing and preparation of key reports, including regulatory reports as well as process documentation, assist in the development and construction of executive level presentations and timelines for key projects, and develop an understanding of the utility regulatory environment. Qualified candidates will be working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Business, Economics, finance or equivalent.  

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Industry: Utility Power Provider

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Analyst, IHS. The analyst is responsible for evaluating trends in key market segments, analyzing forces of change, and identifying risk and success factors to enable clients to maximize return on sales and marketing investments, as well as developing fact-based, forward-looking demand-planning monitors, producing credible and accurate forecasts for specific product lines or business units, providing regional analysis, and developing a market segmentation and penetration estimates.  Essential skills include experience with a statistical computer program such as SAS or EVIEWS and familiarity with Windows-based spreadsheets, word processing software programs, and the Internet, plus a strong interest in applied economic research.

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Industry: Consulting

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Compensation Analyst, Itron. At Itron, the Compensation Analyst will administer the compensation program, ensuring adherence to corporate and global policies and regulations, develop ad hoc reports that analyze corporate compensation and make recommendations based on the data, help manage compensation database and information within, develop models and make recommendations for global compensation programs, advise employees and managers on compensation policies, ensure compliance with federal and state wage laws, and work with HR managers to ensure corporate compensation philosophy is maintained.

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Industry: Smart Grid and Energy Efficiency

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Investor Relations Analyst, Green Plains. This position will report to the Vice President of Investor & Media Relations who is in charge of all aspects of investor relations. The candidate will be required to draft financial press releases, draft quarterly conference call scripts, create powerpoint presentations for conferences, assist with the Annual Report, assist with industry and financial conferences, and create financial databases.

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Industry: Bioenergy

 

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Policy Research Fellow, Distributed Sun. The Policy Research Fellow will work primarily under the senior policy analyst, assisting as needed with research and writing on solar energy-related legislation, regulations, and market developments in the mid-Atlantic. Position requires an interest in renewable energy and strong research, writing and creative problem-solving skills. Post-grads with 1-3 years of experience preferred.

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Industry: Solar

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Analysis Intern, 3Degrees. The Analysis Intern will capture a hands-on strategic and practical education in some or all of the following, depending on the qualifications of the candidate:
fundamental analysis of renewable energy and carbon markets; updating and expanding existing business models and analysis; producing fundamental and technical analysis (Excel based); growing and maintaining existing databases; contributing to analysis of new markets and product; and communicating findings to key decision makers.

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Industry: REC Trading

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Regulatory Analyst, Pacific Corp. Conducts analysis through research, gathering and interpretation of data, development of alternatives and recommendations. Presents analysis and recommendations to management and may implement selected alternative. Analyses include, but are not limited to, feasibility studies, cost/benefit analysis, trending/forecasting, financial analysis, budget analysis and reporting.Responsibilities of this position include the following: gathering financial data and analysis in order to prepare financial earnings reports; preparing testimony and exhibits filed with state regulatory commissions and provide analytical support; gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data for trends, forecasts, and modeling; conducting analysis related to design of retail electric prices, rate spread, special contract analysis, revenue normalization, rate analysis, cost/benefit analysis, and reporting.

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Industry: Utility Power Provider

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Energy Analyst, Kema. An Energy Analyst at KEMA uses strong analytical skills to conduct cost and benefit analysis, estimate savings for new technologies, and to read statistical survey data. Energy Analysts conduct research related to utility and energy efficiency issues including architecture, engineering, business owners, equipment, manufacturers and contractors. Key responsibilities of the position include the following: conducting cost / benefit analysis; developing estimates of savings for new technologies; statistical analysis and modeling of billing and other utility data using SAS; conducting in-depth interviews related to utility and energy efficiency issues with many types of respondents including, but not limited to, architects, engineers, business owners, equipment manufacturers, and contractors.

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Industry: Smart Grid and Energy Efficiency

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Financial Analyst, Horizon Wind Energy. The Financial Analyst provides information, analyses, financial modeling, and execution support for third-party financing activities and financial risk control.  He/she will: provide financial analyses for, and support structuring and execution of, third-party financial transactions, including primarily closing and restructuring of tax equity partnerships; build, update, manipulate, and upgrade financial models for EDPR NA’s third-party financiers; work closely with Project Development, Energy Assessment, Market Intelligence, Construction, Legal, and other internal teams to ensure that model assumptions are as accurate as possible, among other duties.

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Industry: Wind

 

 

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