Research Analyst, Utilities Program

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Closing Date: 
Fri, 02/01/2019

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a qualified research analyst for its Utilities Program.  ACEEE is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that 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 dedication to its mission.  Staff work at an upbeat pace within a dynamic and ambitious environment with opportunities for professional growth and development.  There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE a fun and fulfilling place to work.

Position Description:

The utility industry is in a state of change, with ample opportunity for energy efficiency to meet diverse and evolving system needs, from innovation to environmental protection to resilience. We seek an exceptional candidate to support our work to advance the use of energy efficiency as a resource in the utility sector.

The analyst will report to the senior manager of the Utilities Program. The core responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research and analysis on projects that benchmark utility energy efficiency performance, encourage best practice efficiency program design and evaluation, and expand the role of energy efficiency in utility business models, rate design, and system planning.
  • Support ACEEE’s policy outreach and technical assistance work to support utilities, state regulators, and advocates in advancing energy efficiency in policy and markets.
  • Contribute research and content to reports, white papers, regulatory testimony, policy briefs, blog posts, and other materials.
  • Support working groups, conferences, convenings, and other engagement efforts to bring stakeholders together to solve complex challenges and enable growth in energy efficiency.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

  • Highly analytical and solutions-oriented. The analyst will conduct rigorous, peer-reviewed primary research. They will deftly synthesize complex data, find meaning in the noise, and use analysis to bring forth solutions to challenging problems.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills. S/he will produce detailed research for reports, white papers, fact sheets, and regulatory comments, and present those research results through presentations, webinars, and blog posts.
  • Highly motivated, able to juggle multiple projects with competing deadlines. The analyst should be well-organized, efficient, and detailed-oriented, and adept at coordinating complex, long-term projects independently and as part of teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. S/he will coordinate and collaborate with ACEEE staff members and external stakeholders on cross-cutting projects. The analyst will have the ability to listen to different perspectives and the skills to convince others to understand their viewpoint.



  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of work experience, or Master’s degree
  • Exceptional research and analysis skills
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter, strong curiosity and creativity
  • Desire to work collaboratively and strong emotional intelligence
  • Passion for becoming an energy efficiency champion, and growing the market for energy efficiency in the utility industry


  • Master’s degree in relevant field, with significant study of public policy, economics, and technology preferred
  • Energy industry experience (e.g., at a public utilities commission, utility or consumer/environmental advocate)
  • Experience with energy efficiency policy, planning, or implementation
  • Understanding of electricity markets, rate design, resource planning, and/or utility business models a plus

Preferred start date: February 2019, based in Washington, DC  

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes ACEEE’s generous benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage; a 403(b) retirement plan; transportation and bike share benefits; three weeks of vacation in the first year and four weeks thereafter. 

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to and use “Utilities Program Research Analyst” in the subject line. We do not accept phone calls.

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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.