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Legislative Advocacy and Advisory Services RFP

EBCE is seeking full service legislative advocacy and advisory services at the California State Legislature for a term of 12 to 24 months. EBCE is in the start-up phase and is seeking bidders willing to offer payment terms that allow deferral of some or all fees until summer of 2018.

View the full RFP: Lobbying and Advocacy Services RFP

Wholesale Power Services RFP

EBCE is seeking responses from interested and qualified parties, which may include but is not limited to: electric service providers, public power organizations, joint action agencies, power marketers, independent power producers, scheduling coordinators, and other energy-related vendors and/or consultants to provide the following suite of wholesale power services, either on an “a la carte” or integrated services basis:

  • Portfolio Management and Procurement Services
  • CAISO Scheduling Coordinator Services
  • Rate Design/Setting and other Energy-Related Advisory Services
  • Long Term Procurement Planning
  • Credit Solution

View the full RFP: EBCE Portfolio Management RFP October 2017

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The Agency

The East Bay Community Energy Authority is a new public agency formed in 2016 to bring cleaner energy to residents and businesses in participating East Bay communities. EBCE will implement a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program for its member communities. EBCE will procure a high percentage of electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal which do not pollute or produce greenhouse gases and deliver it through the existing electric utility. EBCE is scheduled to begin providing energy in April 2018.

Director of Technology & Analytics

Summary

The Director of Technology & Analytics works under the general direction of the Chief Operating Officer and has the responsibility to drive technological innovation in EBCE to help realize its vision as the future-looking, modern electricity provider to its community customers. The Director of Technology & Analytics will set the strategy to deploy systems and technology that will enable greater product innovation for its various Municipal, C&I, and residential customer segments. The landscape for electricity generation and delivery, particularly in the renewable sector, is rapidly changing with new technologies and business models being introduced all the time. In order to make sound decisions on energy procurement and local energy solution, EBCE requires the ability to understand the technology landscape and the potential of energy innovations to help further EBCE’s mission. The Director will oversee all strategy related to data aggregation, management, and analytics. The Director will be responsible for overseeing the implementation and on-going management of EBCE’s billing and data management systems. The Director will also be responsible for developing EBCE’s strategy to acquire and utilize AMI data to inform rate design, energy market participation, and customer energy programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drive strategic decisions to utilize technology in a manner that maximizes the value of EBCE offerings to customers
  • Create a technology roadmap across the organization for the rollout and implementation of all technology including CRM, billing, data transfer, AMI, customer service, etc.
  • Oversee strategy and execution of billing and data management systems, which will include:
    • Assessment and selection process for all technology needs
    • Negotiating vendor contracts
    • Onboard and manage all technology related vendors, including troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Oversee strategy and execution of data aggregation, management, and analytics, which will include:
    • Accurate data and efficient information flow across the organization and to customers
    • Data analytics related to customer usage and rate design
    • Expansion of product offerings to address customer need
  • Oversee technology needed for energy procurement, trading, and compliance requirements to CAISO and WREGIS
  • Serve as the technical liaison of EBCE to the academic & research community and technical conferences to provide thought leadership.
  • Engage with EBCE community stakeholders to determine product implications (e.g. impact on EBCE load profile and footprint of programs such as energy efficiency and deployment of Distributed Energy Resources.
  • Collaborate with Marketing & Account Services and Power Procurement to ensure cohesive company strategy and execution on rate design and load forecasting
  • Support organizational technology needs to optimize internal process efficiency
  • Support C&I key account relationship management

Supervisory Duties and Responsibilities
As the Agency launches and grows, the Director of Technology & Analytics will create a team of system architects, program managers, data scientists, and information technology professionals.

  • Plans and prepares for technology and analytics hiring needs
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the goals and work plan for the technology and analytics team
  • Assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve related issues
  • Conducts performance evaluations, implements performance correction as needed, trains and coaches staff in content and work procedures as needed
  • Evaluates data to determine success of team towards reaching EBCE’s goals

Internal Communications

  • Updates EBCE Management Team and Board of Directors on all aspects of EBCE technology and analytical workplan
  • Provides relevant strategy and information to Board of Directors and staff to utilize for external and internal meetings and presentations
  • Collaborates with marketing and account management team as needed to achieve strategic goals

Minimum Qualifications

Experience/Education
Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or science related field and at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in a supervisory or management role in the field of billing systems for energy customers, energy data analysis, utility billing. Experience working for a public utility or a Community Choice Aggregation program is desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • Back office system architecture to manage customer data and interactions
  • Utility EDI file transfer protocols
  • Billing management systems for EBCE’s rates, billing, and settlement
  • Data security and privacy protocols
  • Data queries including knowledge of SQL
  • Management of AMI/Smart meter data
  • Call center set up, including IVR system requirements
  • Rate analysis and load forecasting
  • Organizational IT needs (including networking, laptop procurement, file sharing, and communications)

Ability to:

  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate collaborative efforts and achieve work goals through first line supervisors
  • Convey complex information in a simple and understandable manner
  • Manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment
  • Achieve goals while providing accurate, timely, and meaningful progress updates
  • Work well under pressure
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented
  • Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy
  • Identify and solve problems effectively and expeditiously
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons encountered during the performance of duties.
  • Direct, supervise and coordinate the work of assigned staff

Working Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position. Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities. The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds. EBCE will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified application with a disability upon request.

Licenses/Certificates:
Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record.

Submission Requirements: Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining key qualifications and reasons for your interest, current resume including education, and 3 professional references. Please email these documents and any questions to: jobs@ebce.org.

The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

Director of Government and Community Affairs

Summary

The Director of Community Affairs works under the general direction of the Chief Executive Officer to manage EBCE’s activities and programs involving EBCE member jurisdictions, other local governments and Agencies, key stakeholder groups, community based organizations, and community members. The Director of Community Affairs oversees the development, management and implementation of programs and initiatives that promote East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) and its interests in Alameda County and the greater Bay Area. The Director of Community Affairs supervises EBCE’s Community Affairs team, which is responsible for outreach and interface with key stakeholders and community groups, advancing EBCE’s programs through strategic outreach and advocacy.

Job Description
The Director of Community Affairs performs assignments under direction of the Chief Executive Officer and works closely with EBCE’s internal staff and external consultants to guide, support and implement EBCE’s business and community development and key stakeholder engagement. The Director of Community Affairs identifies strategies to increase cooperative engagement and participation by key stakeholders and community based organizations and maintain EBCE’s positive reputation among its member agencies and the community in general. He/she ensures that key, strategic messages are communicated effectively to target audiences and assists with key account management and customer retention strategies. The Director of Community Affairs serves as the primary liaison to the Community Advisory Committee and makes presentations to community, elected and professional groups, Board of Directors, and staff as may be necessary in carrying out EBCE’s goals and vision.

Supervisory Responsibilities
As the Agency develops, the Director of Community Affairs will manage a small Community Affairs Team and may be asked to assume additional supervisory responsibilities as the Agency grows.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Illustrative Only)
Supervisory Duties

  • Plans and prepares for Community Affairs staffing, hiring and middle management needs
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the goals and work plan for the Community Affairs team
  • Assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve related issues
  • Conducts performance evaluations, implements performance correction as needed, trains and coaches staff in content and work procedures as needed
  • Evaluates data to determine success of team towards reaching EBCE’s goals

Internal Communications

  • Updates EBCE Management Team and Board of Directors on all aspects of Community Affairs workplan
  • Provides relevant strategy and information to Board of Directors and staff to utilize for external and internal meetings and presentations
  • Collaborates with marketing and account management team as needed to achieve strategic community goals

Local Government, Business and Community Development

  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with member agencies, local governments, key stakeholder groups and the community in general in order to advance EBCE goals and programs
  • Provides direction, guidance and review of department workplans and implementation to increase customer acquisition and retention and service area expansion

Minimum Qualifications

Experience/Education
Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in communications, public administration, environmental planning, business, marketing or a related field and at least six(6) years of progressively responsible experience in a supervisory or management role in the field of public affairs. Experience working for a public utility or a Community Choice Aggregation program is desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • The organization of local and state government and concepts of public administration.
  • Public policy process, local and regional government, labor union, and environmental issues.
  • The history of Community Choice Aggregation legislation and implementation in California.
  • Administration of a proactive and successful community affairs program.
  • Principles, techniques and methods of public information, community relations and public education.
  • Principles and practices of public speaking, public presentations and event planning.
  • Principles of management, supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Techniques and methods of preparing and reviewing information, news release and information materials including graphics and written copy.
  • Principles and process associated with Committee management and balancing conflicting points of view
  • E-mail marketing platforms such as Constant Contact.
  • Research and statistical methods as applied to the collection, tabulation and analysis of data.

Ability to

  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate collaborative efforts and achieve work goals through first line supervisors.
  • Convey complex information in a simple and understandable manner.
  • Manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
  • Achieve goals while providing accurate, timely, and meaningful progress updates.
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented.
  • Demonstrate diplomacy skills including patience, tact, and courtesy at all times.
  • Identify and solve problems effectively and expeditiously.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally
  • Direct, supervise and coordinate the work of assigned staff.
  • Make effective and dynamic presentations to community groups, governmental bodies and the EBCE Board and staff to achieve desired results.

Language and Reasoning Skills

  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, and commercial awareness
  • Possess keen communication capabilities, verbally, written and graphically through presentations
  • Interact effectively with administrative bodies and EBCE’s Executive Officer and Board of Directors
  • Possess time management, project management, dispute resolution and interpersonal relation skills
  • Possess excellent customer service skills and communicate clearly and effectively with key stakeholders and customers
  • Understand, anticipate, and appreciate stakeholder needs and concerns

Mathematical Skills
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; compute rate, ratio, and percent and to create and interpret bar graphs.

Working Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position. Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities. The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds. EBCE will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified application with a disability upon request.

Licenses/Certificates:
Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record.

Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs

Summary

The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs works under direction from the Chief Executive Officer and has responsibility for a wide range of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) regulatory and legislative matters, with particular emphasis on representation of EBCE’s interests at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California State Legislature. The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs evaluates proposed regulatory policies to assess the impact on EBCE, develops EBCE positions on issues, and develops analyses, written reports, and presentation materials to support EBCE’s position. The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs represents EBCE in administrative proceedings before applicable regulatory agencies, including the CPUC, and may participate as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings and performs related work and other analytic tasks for EBCE as required.

Location/Employment: This position will be based in EBCE headquarters — initially in Hayward and thereafter in a to be determined location in Alameda County. We are in equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ to apply.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation package offered, based on candidate experience. The Authority is developing its benefits package. Details will be available at the interview.

Application Deadline: Open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to as soon as possible.

Submission Requirements: Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining key qualifications and reasons for your interest, current resume including education, writing sample if applicable, and 3 professional references. Please email these documents and any questions to: jobs@ebce.org.

Start date: ASAP. Position open until filled.

Position Details

About East Bay Community Energy
East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is the community choice aggregator serving Alameda County and eleven of its cities. Once EBCE reaches full scale, it will serve 600,000 customer accounts and over 1.5 million Alameda County residents. EBCE’s charter is to provide its customers with low carbon, cost effective electricity that integrates innovative energy products and maximizes local benefits through the development of local solutions, ranging from increasing access to rooftop solar to supporting the adoption of electric vehicles.

Job Description
The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs works under direction from the Chief Executive Officer has responsibility for a wide range of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) regulatory and legislative matters, with particular emphasis on representation of EBCE’s interests at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California State Legislature. The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs evaluates proposed regulatory policies to assess the impact on EBCE, develops EBCE positions on issues, and develops analyses, written reports, and presentation materials to support EBCE’s position. The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs represents EBCE in administrative proceedings before applicable regulatory agencies, including the CPUC, and may participate as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings and performs related work and other analytic tasks for EBCE as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities
The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs supervises positions assigned to the regulatory and legislative team, including, but not limited to, regulatory manager, regulatory analyst, and legislative analyst.

  • Develop policy on key regulatory and legislative issues affecting EBCE.
  • Represent EBCE in regulatory proceedings through preparation of data requests and responses, analytical models, testimony, and exhibits. Review, analyze and summarize filings prepared by utilities and other entities.
  • Analyze and interpret regulatory proposals, legislation, and other policy issues.
  • Work with Regulatory and Legal Counsel, technical experts and external regulatory counsel to develop effective and persuasive communications before the CPUC.
  • Develop reports and analysis for the EBCE Board of Directors on regulatory developments.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience/Education
Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, finance, economics, public policy or accounting, supplemented by a minimum of 5-10 years of progressively responsible experience at an electric utility, municipal utility, a Community Choice Aggregation program or in a closely related field. Technical experience in the utility industry is required. A Master’s degree is desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • Utility rate design, electric resource planning or regulatory relations.
  • Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat.

Working Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position. Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities. The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds. EBCE will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified application with a disability upon request.

Licenses/Certificates:
Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record.

General Counsel

Summary
As lead in-house legal officer, the General Counsel works under direction from the Chief Executive Officer and has responsibility for a wide range of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) legal matters, with particular emphasis on contracting; municipal law; regulatory affairs; legislative affairs; finance, project finance and energy supply transactions; ethics; and oversight of and collaboration with external legal counsel, and performs related work as assigned.

Legal: lead all in-house legal work for the Authority, ranging from oversight of all legal compliance activities to developing the Authority’s human resource policies and procedures to leading regulatory interventions at key state agencies.

Energy Procurement: lead all in-house legal review of energy transactions, manage outside counsel participation in energy transactions, and support development of energy risk management procedures.

Finance: lead all in-house legal review of Authority financial transactions, with a particular focus on energy-related financings including initiation and oversight of credit facilities.

Regulatory: work closely with the CEO to define regulatory strategy, oversee in-house and outside counsel participation in regulatory proceedings, represent the Authority in-front of key regulatory agencies.

Contracts:  Has overall responsibility for legal review of all contracts that the Authority may enter into and is a key member of contract negotiation team.

Public: Creates and maintains productive relationships with the community, business groups, industry participants, and regulatory agencies.

Location/Employment: This position will be based in EBCE headquarters — initially in Hayward and thereafter in a to be determined location in Alameda County. We are in equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ to apply.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation package offered, based on candidate experience. The Authority is developing its benefits package.  Details will be available at the interview.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to submit prior to the deadline.

Submission Requirements: Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining key qualifications and reasons for your interest, current resume including education, writing sample if applicable, and 3 professional references. Please email these documents and any questions to:jobs@ebce.org

Start date: ASAP. Position open until filled.

Position Details

About East Bay Community Energy

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is the community choice aggregator serving Alameda County and eleven of its cities. Once EBCE reaches full scale, it will serve 600,000 customer accounts and over 1.5 million Alameda County residents. EBCE’s charter is to provide its customers with low carbon, cost effective electricity that integrates innovative energy products and maximizes local benefits through the development of local solutions, ranging from increasing access to rooftop solar to supporting the adoption of electric vehicles.

Detailed Job Description

The General Counsel provides legal advice and guidance regarding legal matters affecting EBCE, including regulatory affairs, legislative developments, project finance, finance, municipal law and others. The General Counsel also researches and prepares written and oral advice for the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors on related legal issues and performs managerial and project management tasks as necessary. The General Counsel represents, and oversees the representation of, EBCE before various regulatory agencies in matters affecting community choice aggregators (CCAs) and other electric utilities, including ratemaking proceedings, investigations, rulemakings, compliance matters and proposed legislation, drafting applications, briefs, legal memoranda, and discovery requests/responses; supervises the preparation of the testimony and exhibits of expert witnesses; examines and cross-examines witnesses, and presents oral argument; participates in negotiations and settlement discussions. The General Counsel develops legislative policy and works with internal staff and external contractors to implement proposed legislative activities. The General Counsel also directs and works collaboratively with external counsel from a wide range of related specialties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Illustrative Only)

  • Renders legal advice, administers legal services, and directs and works collaboratively with internal staff and external counsel and contractors regarding a variety of regulatory, legislative and legal matters affecting EBCE.
  • Represents, and oversees representation of, EBCE in energy-related administrative proceedings.
  • Reviews and recommends policies.
  • Prepares and reviews contracts for content and form.
  • Updates EBCE Board of Directors on regulatory and legislative developments.
    Works in a team to negotiate, draft and close a range of EBCE transactions, including power purchase agreements and credit agreements.
  • Participates in EBCE management activities, including assisting in strategic planning, budget and forecast analysis, contractual reporting, annual audit, and other tasks as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience/Education

Juris Doctor degree from a leading university; supplemented by seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience as an attorney working on complex regulatory or energy matters at a reputable law firm or as in-house counsel; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Background in accounting, economics, engineering or finance is desirable. Current active membership in the State Bar of California required.

Knowledge of:

  • Transactions, municipal law, ethics, and other areas of law.
  • Energy regulatory practice and legislative affairs.
  • Structuring, financing, and implementing complex energy projects, including drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements and security agreements.
  • Finance transactions, including bond and loan transactions

Language and Reasoning Skills

  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, and commercial awareness.
  • Develop high-quality writing, research and communication work products.
  • Deliver clear and persuasive oral communication.
  • Interact effectively with administrative bodies and EBCE’s Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors.
  • Apply robust analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Utilize strong time management, project management, dispute resolution and interpersonal relations skills.

Skills and Abilities

    • Focus, direct and manage the efforts of subordinate staff members and external legal, regulatory and legislative resources.
    • Manage multiple priorities and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
    • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts.
    • Be thorough and detail-oriented.
    • Work accurately and swiftly under pressure.
    • Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy.

 

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered during the performance of duties.

 

Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position.  Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities.  The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard.  The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds.  EBCE will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified application with a disability upon request.

Licenses/Certificates:

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record.

The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

CEO Search

East Bay Community Energy has completed its search for a Chief Executive Officer to lead our new Community Choice Energy program. We are pleased to announce that Mr. Nicolas Chaset, Chief of Staff to the California Public Utilities President,  Michael Picker, has accepted the position and will start work in late July.

Details on the selection and Mr. Chaset’s resume can be found on the Agenda for the June 21, 2017 EBCEA Board meeting.