Do you want to be a part of an organization that is fighting climate change, accelerating electric innovation and reinvesting locally? Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), the community choice electricity provider for 13 communities in Santa Clara County. In providing carbon-free electricity, SVCE has reduced local emissions by 24% from the 2015 baseline and are continuing to reduce emissions through innovative community programs focused on electrification of buildings and transportation.
Under staff direction, the fellow will play a pivotal role in development of a funding a financing strategy to accelerate decarbonization across Silicon Valley. Unlocking access to finance is key to solving the climate crisis and driving an equitable clean energy transition. Interfacing with local government representatives from sustainability and public works, private sector transportation companies and state agency leaders. The research performed during this fellowship will directly inform current and near-term program design.
The fellow will work under the direction of SVCE staff to research, assess and analyze funding and finance opportunities. The work performed for this fellowship requires strong research skills, organization, and a self-starter attitude.
The successful fellow will:
• Track regional, state, and federal funding opportunities relevant to SVCE and our member agencies, customers, and community at large;
• Research finance models and opportunities for building and transportation electrification projects, particularly for low-income and disadvantaged customer segments.
• Identify complementary rate structures and utility bill protection mechanisms to accelerate equitable electrification.
• Identifying successful financing and incentive programs that other utilities or CCAs have implemented
• Perform literature reviews across professional and research publications.
• Create a network map of funders and financiers active in the field
• Assist with grant writing
• Help develop a process for identifying shovel-ready projects for funding and fund matching process for potential future state and/or federal stimulus
Qualified candidates should be a recent graduate from an academic institution with a degree that will provide the specific skills and knowledge that will contribute to available work assignments.
Additionally, we are looking for someone who is passionate about learning, not afraid to be challenged and excited by the opportunity to apply acquired academic knowledge to real world business endeavors.
The following skills are also highly desired:
• Basic understanding of principles of transportation and building decarbonization
• Excel and PowerPoint experience
• Exceptional research skills
• Ability to run cost-benefit analysis, Net Present Value calculations, and risk analyses
• Develop other qualitative and quantitative metrics to compare and prioritize opportunities
• Knowledge of California regulatory and legislative bodies and processes governing energy, transportation, and climate change
• Educational focus of finance, economics, public policy, business administration or related field
Link to the building decarb plan: https://www.svcleanenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Decarbonization-Strategy-Programs-Roadmap_Dec-2018.pdf