Senior Resource Planning Consultant

Company Name
Synapse Energy Economics
Company Website
Location (City)
Job Category
Analyst, Consulting, Engineering, Project Management, Research, Other
Job Sector
Alternative Transportation, Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid, Solar, Wind, Other
Job Type
Full Time
Degree Requirement
Contact Info Andrew Grandahl

Synapse Energy Economics is a research and consulting firm specializing in economic and policy research, modeling, and analysis to provide electric sector solutions. Our work supports a broad range of public interest clients, including consumer advocates, environmental organizations, regulatory commissions, and state and federal agencies. Synapse produces expert reports and analysis for these clients and represents their technical interests in state and federal regulatory proceedings.

Job Duties/Responsibilities: 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage projects and proposals (including budget, staff, and client management).
  • Assess utility company modeling approaches, scenario definitions, input assumptions and related parameterization. Work collaboratively with team members to refine analyses and develop reports and testimony.
  • Conduct electricity system modeling activities using industry-standard production cost and capacity expansion software (including, but not limited to PLEXOS, EnCompass, Strategist, System Optimizer, PROMOD), as well as in-house custom software tools.
  • Create, use, and maintain spreadsheet-based tools and other analytical platforms to analyze energy technologies, programs, and portfolios.
  • Perform economic and policy analysis, cost-benefit assessments and resource valuations for energy sector.
  • Clearly and succinctly summarize complex technical concepts to clients, regulators, and public audiences through papers, presentations, testimony, and meetings.
  • Defend analysis and refute opposing viewpoints and analysis.

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Physical Sciences, or related field.
  • At least 4 years of relevant industry work experience with a Master's or Bachelor's Degree, or
  • 2+ years of relevant industry work experience with a Doctorate
  • At least 1 year of project management and budget management experience.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with integrated resource planning.
  • A strong desire to work on behalf of public interest clients in improving energy planning and policy.
  • A clear understanding of economic principles.
  • Ability to work and communicate well in teams.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize critical tasks and conflicting requirements.
  • At least 1 year of relevant industry work experience (utility or consulting) or experience with integrated resource planning is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or Doctorate preferred.
  • State, federal, provincial electric utility regulatory experience preferred.
  • Standard programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, Python, Ruby, etc.), and statistical tools a plus, but not required.
  • Ability to develop persuasive arguments for testimony and reports based on analysis of quantitative and qualitative evidence.

We Offer:

  • Opportunities to work with established experts on cutting‐edge policy on behalf of public interest clients dedicated to consumer welfare and the environment.
  • The ability to inform energy policy and planning decisions at the local, state, regional, national, and global levels.
  • Support for employees’ professional and career development.
  • A team-based collegial work environment where we strive to balance work, personal life, and community involvement.
  • Autonomy and control over your work hours.
  • A flexible work environment.
How to Apply: 

To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter to the form found on our website. This is a part-time or full-time senior consulting position located at our office in Cambridge, MA.