Renewable Energy Policy Manager
Renewable energy policy managers are responsible for managing the development of policy programs and monitoring a broad range of policy and regulatory issues before state decision-making bodies. They are leaders, analyzer and humanitarians who provide direction and leadership in strategy development for renewable energy organizations.
A policy manager is a key external-facing role who oversees the production of policy positions, as well as campaign and advocacy work. Because they represent their organization at congressional/regulatory hearings and public policy forums, public speaking and effectively communicating ideas are a must. Knowledge of energy law and utility regulation, particularly with respect to power generation, is crucial. They also monitor and analyze regulatory, rules, policies and market activity; dissect existing or proposed market structures and determine economical and operations impacts on current practices; and propose and implement solutions to maximize profitability.
This is generally an executive-level position, so at least a bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting or political science is needed, as well as seven to 10 years of experience in the energy industry focused on policy, regulatory, or organized markets work. According to Forbes, the renewable energy industry has become a major U.S. employer. E2’s recent Clean Jobs America report found nearly 3.3 million Americans working in clean energy – outnumbering fossil fuel workers three-to-one.