Job Location : Golden, CO, USA
Posting TitleEnergy Economist & Modeler
LocationCO - Golden
Hours Per Week40
NREL conducts world-class research in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, renewable energy technologies, and energy systems integration and optimization. Nestled in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, surrounded by grassland, and convenient to Denver, Boulder, and several suburbs, the NREL campus is a living experiment filled with curious researchers and advanced energy technologies (e.g., best-in-class energy efficiency, daylighting, MW-scale solar photovoltaics, buildings heated by computers, optimized electric vehicle charging, hydrogen fueling station).
The successful candidate will work in Golden with an interdisciplinary team of experienced NREL researchers to develop a computational agent-based model to study stakeholder outcomes under a variety of economic and regulatory structures (e.g., wholesale markets, retail rates, vertically integrated utilities, incented adoption programs) operating in different technological futures and subject to realistic human behavior. The team will formulate and study two distinct use cases: one focused on the roles of distributed energy resources (DERs), and the other examining the impacts of large corporations or small cities meeting their own renewable energy goals through power purchase agreements (PPAs). Expected outcomes include the development and documentation of a new capability, an analysis of stakeholder outcome sensitivity to economic structures, and the demonstration of an ability to optimize economic structures subject to societal and stakeholder perspectives.
To these ends, we seek an exceptionally curious numerical modeler with significant object-oriented programming experience, conversant with a variety of optimization techniques, and interested in connecting data and models across siloed disciplinary boundaries. An economic modeler with experience formulating and solving mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints (MPECs), and/or expressing the more human aspects of human economic behavior, and/or describing price formation and regulatory structures would be an especially strong candidate.
Organizationally, this position resides in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center (SEAC). SEAC and NREL are committed to fostering a creative, curiosity-driven, inclusive workplace, and to supporting and mentoring research staff as they progress from task execution to principal investigator and beyond.
.Basic Qualifications PhD in Economics, Mathematics, Engineering or related. Or, Master's Degree in Economics, Mathematics, Engineering or related.and 3 or more years of experience . Or, Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Mathematics, Engineering or related.and 5 or more years of experience .
Research interests: electrification, distributed energy resources, and the institutional rules that will orchestrate them. Interested in collaboratively developing scientific computational models and workflows that bridge disciplines and are built to last for 10+ years. Curious about future energy systems, including renewable energy, electrifification.
Demonstrated full knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Excellence working in a team environment. Motivated to investigate and solve future power grid challenges. Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
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