The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks an intern for its emerging Climate-Forward Efficiency initiative. ACEEE 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 commitment to its mission. Staff work at an energetic pace within a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment with opportunities for professional growth and development. There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work. ACEEE is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion while weaving equity into our research and policy work.
This intern position will support the launch of ACEEE’s Climate-Forward Efficiency initiative. While a growing number of states have adopted goals to decarbonize their electric power sectors, most are not on track to meet targets. One avenue of change is through utility demand-side management programs, which help customers reduce energy consumption in buildings. While these programs have proven effective at delivery energy reductions, they have largely not been optimized and scaled to deliver greenhouse gas reductions.
Climate-forward efficiency is an emerging framework that:
- Prioritizes energy efficiency investments based on their time, seasonal, and geographic benefits;
- Enables prioritization of investments across fuels, systems, and sectors, particularly from electrification;
- Meets the magnitude of decarbonization goals in state and local policy and utility corporate announcements through scalable offerings; and
- Values energy efficiency as a tool to mitigate the customer impacts of climate change by advancing equity, enhancing resilience, and improving health outcomes, among other priorities.
In these ways, climate-forward efficiency balances and aligns our needs for GHG reductions with other benefits customers and communities seek from energy efficiency.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This position will offer an intern the ability to support the climate-forward efficiency framework at its launch. The intern will:
- Assist with the planning of a Climate-Forward Efficiency launch event near the end of 2021/beginning of 2022.
- Leverage existing ACEEE resources to identify opportunities for policymakers, utility regulators, utilities, trade allies, and others to connect with each other on climate-forward efficiency requests and offers.
- Help grow the initiative by facilitating communications between initiative members.
- Perform targeted research exercises to support the set of strategies needed to implement climate-forward efficiency.
- Possess a bachelor’s degree, or be a junior or senior working towards such a degree in a relevant academic area (policy analysis, energy or climate, science or engineering).
- Understand the basic drivers of climate change and the general set of actions needed to mitigate it.
- Have an interest in developing and cultivating a network of professionals as a vehicle to realize change.
- Basic knowledge of the electric grid, utility operations, and building technologies is preferrable, but can also be learned during internship.
- Internet and interview-based research ability.
- Strong writing and oral communication skills required.
- Self-motivation and ability to manage multiple assignments (as needed), work efficiently, and meet deadlines.
Timing: This is a 12-week internship starting Oct./Nov. 2021. The project will require a time commitment of about 10 hours/week.
To Apply: Please send a resume with cover letter and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Utilities Program Internship” in the subject header. We do not accept calls about our internships.
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. ACEEE is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in its organization and encourages applicants with diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.