Energy and Environmental Advisor

  • Rochester MN
  • Rochester, MN, USA
  • Feb 07, 2018
Full time Communication - Public Outreach Energy Energy Efficiency Environmental Science - Engineering Green Building - Sustainable Development Renewable Energy Sustainability

Job Description

Rochester Public Utilities, RPU, a division of the City of Rochester, MN, is the largest municipal utility in the State of Minnesota. RPU consists of 200 employees and serves over 50,000 electric customers and over 39,000 water customers in a 57 square mile service area, with revenues nearing $150 million annually.

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Vision- "We Will Set the Standard for Service"

Our vision is based on six core values which are
Safety, Integrity, Service, Stewardship, Accountability, and Skill.

Nature of Work
The Energy and Environmental Advisor is responsible for managing the energy services needs of key and commercial account customers including approximately 21 of the City's largest energy users. The position coordinates and functionally manages all activities relating to assigned industrial and commercial accounts. The position provides energy consulting, sales engineering, and project management which include responsibilities of energy efficiency design, new product development, selling conservation, proposal writing, contract negotiations, and supervising finances for energy projects.

Responsibilities also include managing the development, communication, and marketing of new and existing rates, energy services, conservation or Demand Side Management (DSM) initiatives, and renewables. These activities include: creating plans and budgets, rates, contracts, and special marketing. Work includes establishing, maintaining, and ensuring the appropriate interfaces with other businesses, trade allies, and administrative resources are in place to deliver the needed market research, communications, and regulatory and public affairs support to meet marketing goals and objectives.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority consideration for applications submitted by March 4, 2018.
Starting salary $84,990 to $92,490, per year, depending on qualifications, with advancement to $124,984. 


The work below is representative of the scope of work performed within this job classification. Individual job duties will vary based on work assignment.

*Be a responsive and knowledgeable single point of contact. Advocate for industrial and large as well as small to medium commercial accounts.

*Preserve, protect, and manage the development of assigned accounts to maximize efficiency and growth potential, create and enhance relationships with customer's decision makers and operation personnel for improved trade relations with RPU.

*Understand fully and keep informed of customers' business and technologies including operations, financial status, organizational structure/culture, market, industry trends, events and occurrences that impact the customer. Be responsible for data accuracy, completeness, and timeliness in assigned customer information files.

*Participate in community and area economic development initiatives involving existing and prospective new customers.

*Organize and manage public events involving key and commercial account customers i.e. Earth Day. Assist peers and participate in other utility public events such as Home Shows and Arbor Day celebrations.

*Develop, manage, and implement Demand Side Management (DSM) and non-DSM programs to key and commercial accounts includes: point of purchase materials, rebate processing, program analysis, and measurement and verification. Assist in achieving regulated mandates such as the Conservation Improvement Program goals as established by the Department of Commerce.

*Represent RPU as an authority on energy services and technologies such as power quality, demand efficiencies, and renewable technologies.

*Develop and update spreadsheets for power factor, energy audit analysis, custom rebate calculations, and other related types of work.

*Sell and assist in implementing improvements in customer operations by proper application and control of existing equipment and utilization of new or different technology.

*Sponsor and communicate new technologies to key and commercial accounts. Promote "greener" generation (wind, solar, etc.) and energy savings techniques. Understand interconnecting to the electrical system, establish net metering or negotiate rate contracts for systems over 40kW, and agreements.

*Participate in Triad (marketing effort with Austin and Owatonna Public Utilities) activities which include co-development and implementation of conservation programs that can be utilized in the three communities and looking for cost sharing opportunities.

*Read, know, and understand applicable codes, federal programs and industry-specific guidelines, journals, and related reports to determine program requirements and recent developments in energy conservation techniques.

*Be an active member of such groups as ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, Air-Conditioning Engineers), a service club, and participate, as needed, in groups such as the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs). Promote Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) building development and remodeling.

*Demonstrate leadership in the area of safety. This requires observing and enforcing safety rules and practices, encouraging safe work behaviors and promptly correcting conditions and unsafe behaviors that may lead to accidents.

Perform other duties as required or assigned.

*Essential Duties


Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in business administration, marketing, economics or electrical/mechanical engineering from an accredited institution or a closely related field of study; AND three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in application engineering, energy marketing, energy engineering, energy management or energy auditing, or as an account manager for industrial/commercial customers.

Licenses and/or Certifications
Valid Minnesota driver's license
Certified Energy Manager (CEM), or the ability to obtain within an agreed upon time frame.

Desirable Qualifications
Business Energy Professional (BEP) certification; working knowledge of utility energy conservation programs and techniques; thorough understanding of electric and water distribution systems; high degree of knowledge in energy codes, mechanical applications and renewable installations; experience or familiarity of electric, water, gas and/or communications utility companies.


Knowledge of: principles and practices of customer service that supports the establishment of strong interpersonal relationships; engineering principles particularly as they apply to resource and energy engineering analysis, commercial/industrial operations and building HVAC and lighting systems; electric utility economics and demand-side management for commercial and industrial applications; energy resource management; various energy equipment, products, and services; budgetary principles and practices; modern business computer operations and applications including input, maintenance, retrieval, and transfer of information using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; and modern communication technologies and media including cell phone, pager, email, and internet utilization.

Skill in: the proficient use of Microsoft Office applications; performing complex, mathematical calculations; providing excellent customer service; creating and maintaining spreadsheets and databases; achieving a high-level of proficiency and expertise in when working with various routine and specialized software applications; the coordination of multiple projects simultaneously; offering suggested improvements in the processes and procedures used to complete projects.

Ability to: proficiently utilize modern business computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; perform moderately complex engineering and technical calculations; read and interpret contracts, financial data, utility rates and billing, and building plans; perform quantitative analyses of commercial/industrial facilities; comprehend and analyze technical issues from the utility and customer perspective; reach sound conclusions and make appropriate and reasonable recommendations; organize data for analysis and presentation to staff and customers; communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, by using correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation; effectively present information to a group of people; negotiate cost-effective and mutually acceptable agreement terms; interpret state and federal regulations and assess impacts on utilities and customers; establish and maintain tactful, courteous, and effective working relationships with internal departments, customers, and the public; work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals; and handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet deadlines.

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$84,990.00 - $124,984.00 Annually