Renewable Policy Analyst

Job description


Our client is a leading private renewable energy company focused on acquiring and operating hydropower projects, now expanding into new technologies like solar and battery storage. We believe investing in renewable energy is critical to building a low-carbon economy. Their current platform includes 85 hydropower plants in 18 states with a combined capacity of more than 680 megawatts, generating 250 million megawatt-hours annually. They have doubled the size of our portfolio over the past several years and expect to continue growing over the next five years through investments that provide compelling returns and protect future generations from a changing climate.


  • The Policy Lead (at the equivalent of analyst, associate or manager, depending upon seniority) will have two core responsibilities.
  • The first key role is following and summarizing federal, state and regional policies which impact our operating renewable energy business and shape our growth prospects. This includes legislation specific to renewable energy, but also climate and energy more broadly, as well as enabling policies and regulation. Depending on legislative activity, the role may expand to include broader policy work on ISO market participation, FERC guidance and other agency processes.
  • The role will initially focus on hydropower, but may expand with the company's diversification into other technologies. The Lead will work closely with the National Hydropower Association (NHA) and other hydropower asset owners to develop legislative priorities and strategies. For the highest priority legislation, this scope of work will include active advocacy, including reaching out to our elected officials and their staff to explain our position and potentially working with external consultants and lobbyists.
  • Working with the Vice President of Business Development and Asset Management and other members of the company's executive team, the Policy Lead will play a strong role in determining which policies and specific pieces of legislation are most deserving of focus.
  • The second is leading the business' applications for federal incentives under the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, namely the 242, 243, and 247 grants which respectively support incremental hydropower generation, investments in hydropower efficiency, and investments in certain capital improvements for dam safety, environmental impact and grid resilience. Leading the federal application process requires strong organizational skills, professional writing capabilities, and the ability to gather information from across the organization.
  • This role sits within the Business Development and Asset Management team, whose overall goal is to increase the value of the company's existing fleet of operating hydropower facilities and to lead expansion of the company through acquisition of additional hydropower plants and other renewable energy technology.
  • The role requires a commercial perspective as well as an understanding of policy-making, and the ability to clearly translate between the two.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in any relevant field
  • Excellent professional writing skills
  • Previous background and strong interest in clean energy policy (can be academic, although professional preferred)
  • Ability to distill complex issues into key messages for presentation to senior management
  • Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Critical thinking skills with the ability to identify and solve complex problems
  • Ability to use discretion in handling confidential information
  • Previous work experience in federal or state policy, either on the legislative side or for an advocacy organization
  • Previous professional work experience in clean energy
  • Knowledge of the Investment Tax Credit and other key clean energy legislation
  • Exposure and understanding to the broader challenges faced by new renewable energy, such as solar panel tariffs, interconnection queue issues, siting concerns, property tax negotiations, etc.


Based in the Washington, DC Area office/hybrid (relocation offered)


$90,000 - $110,000 plus bonus
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