Policy Principal

29 Jun, 2020


Policy Principal

Advanced Energy Economy

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) includes local and national advanced energy companies working to make our energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. Among these are energy efficiency, demand response, solar, wind, hydro, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid technologies. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic impact, the industry employed more than 3.6 million workers in the U.S. and is among one of the fastest growing sectors of the nation’s economy.

AEE’s mission is to raise awareness among policymakers and the general public about the opportunity offered by all forms of advanced energy for cost savings, electric system reliability and resiliency, and economic growth in the United States.

Position Description

AEE seeks a smart, innovative Principal to join AEE’s professional services team. The Principal will work with AEE team members to develop and implement multi-year strategies and campaigns designed to achieve policy successes at the state level that will expand markets for the advanced energy industry. Examples of initiatives across the organization where the Principal might work include developing regulatory strategies and filings that reflect AEE interests in creating a 21st Century Electricity System and expanding electric vehicle adoption, policy education efforts, policy campaigns to enact pro-advanced energy regulation in states and defending existing advanced energy policies in key states.

AEE is seeking a highly energetic and self-starting professional with a background in regulatory engagement and issue advocacy at the state or federal level and experience with energy markets and advanced energy technologies, including electric vehicles. The Principal will work collaboratively as part of project teams under the direction of Managing Directors and with other team members in the professional services team. The Principal will work collaboratively with key stakeholders to advance AEE’s policy agenda in priority states. Candidates should be creative and flexible, with the ability to work on multiple projects as needed to support AEE’s work in a variety of areas. Candidates will need to have the ability to travel to meet with AEE members, coalition allies and stakeholders, and public officials.


  • Work collaboratively with AEE professional services team members on developing and implementing strategies to meet short and long-term policy objectives in key states as part of AEE’s core portfolio. The focus will be on regulatory engagement but could also include support of administrative or legislative activities.
  • Work with AEE members to develop policy positions and reach consensus on policy positions in key states and on key issues. Facilitate member calls and lead policy discussions to coalesce member input and prioritize areas of interest and engagement.
  • Develop and file comments at state utility commissions on key regulatory issues that move us towards a 21st Century Electricity System, including utility business model reform, performance-based regulation, planning proceedings, rate design, and other related areas.
  • Work collaboratively with AEE professional services team members on additional various policy areas as needed, ranging from transportation electrification to clean energy standards, to removing barriers from wholesale markets.
  • Organize member engagement opportunities through direct decision maker engagement including lobby days and candidate education, earned media, and expert testimony; and participate in legislative, rulemaking, and administrative processes, as needed.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with coalition partners, allies, and key legislative, regulatory and administrative staff.
  • Work with communications staff to identify and seize opportunities to showcase stories and evidence of the advanced energy economy taking hold in the states. Draft press statements, write blog posts, participate in webinars, and create opportunities to showcase advanced energy.
  • Work with market intelligence and professional service teams to track and analyze regulatory policy developments around the country. Responsible for managing and editing policy associates’ contributions to Docket Digest, AEE’s bi-monthly regulatory product.
  • Travel on an as needed basis (up tp 30% post pandemic) to targeted states for advocacy days, technical conferences, meetings with key allies and stakeholders, communications outreach, and other efforts on behalf of AEE.


  • Bachelor’s degree, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics or Communications preferred
  • Minimum of four years of professional experience in regulatory filings and engagement in the energy or transportation sector
  • An interest in energy and transportation issues and an understanding of the importance of policy advocacy to advance an organizational agenda
  • Entrepreneurial approach, flexible attitude, and ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Intellectual curiosity, inquisitive nature, and excellent listening and problem-solving skills
  • Performance-oriented individual with a strong work ethic, demonstrated initiative and commitment to achieving goals
  • Must be willing to travel (up to 30% post pandemic)

Application Instructions

Job type: Full-time

Location: Flexible, but CA, CO or NV location preferred

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Start Date: On or about August 1, 2020

Please submit a cover letter expressing why this position and organization interest you, as well as a current resume to careers@aee.net.

Job posted: 2020-06-29