Smart Electric Power Alliance
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  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

SEPA provides employees a competitive benefits package including fully paid individual health and dental insurance, short and long term disability coverage, life insurance, up to 24 days of paid time off per year with an annual paid holiday break, and paid government holidays. Travel benefits and health club memberships are available to eligible employees. Employees are eligible to contribute to a designated retirement account with an employer matching program.


The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is the leading research and education membership organization helping utilities and technology companies advance clean energy and grid modernization solutions through open and transparent dialogue, objective information, and by advancing standards, & interoperability.  SEPA provides a unique offering of national events, leading-edge market research, education, working groups, and advisory services to help our members accelerate grid modernization projects.

As the trusted platform for education, research, and collaboration, SEPA's neutrality is a key factor in the organization's success. Our philosophy focuses on bringing the expert stakeholders to the conversations to yield practical solutions. Our membership consists of 1,100 organizations, including utilities, technology providers, independent system operators, regulators, energy users, project developers, consultancies,  and nonprofits, who look to us to provide the community, data, insight, and facilitation necessary to make the right decisions in the evolution of the utility business model and more engaging customer programs.



The Principal, Regulatory Innovation will lead the organization's efforts to advance the transition to a clean and modern grid by helping to enhance current state regulatory processes.  SEPA does not intervene in regulatory proceedings and rather serves as an unbiased facilitator and source of information for public utility commissions, utilities, and other stakeholders. The Principal, Regulatory Innovation will be the public face of SEPA's thought leadership around the evolution of regulatory structures, processes, and outcomes to ensure that innovations in technologies and business models are advanced in an appropriately timely manner.  The ideal candidate will be a nationally recognized expert in state regulatory circles and will possess strong external affairs and facilitation skills while also being able to roll up his/her sleeves to dive into the weeds of new regulatory and business models.



  • Lead efforts to shape SEPA's thought leadership around regulatory innovation. Includes managing regulatory innovation initiatives and representing SEPA's perspective at industry events
  • Identify and research current issues and trends affecting regulatory environment and oversee development of white papers and articles and other educational materials on relevant topics
  • Facilitate meetings and discussion forums to assist with regulatory transformation.
  • Develop, revise, and/or maintain models needed to support analysis of regulatory actions
  • Prepare or assist with preparation of information and briefs on impacts of various regulations and statutory actions on customers either as a result of changes brought on by performance-based regulation, new legislation, or changing ownership models of assets
  • Serve as SEPA's primary liaison with state commissions and NARUC.
  • Identify opportunities for partnership with other NGOs and related organizations that advance SEPA's regulatory innovation objectives
  • Identify and secure funding sources for SEPA around regulatory work (advisory services, regulatory workshops, events, etc)
  • Identify opportunities and assist in project capture for SEPA to support PUCs on efforts related to clean energy and grid modernization
  • Deliver on fee for service regulatory assistance engagements
  • Serve as a mentor for junior members of the team
  • Other tasks as assigned



  • Minimum 15 years of experience in the electric power industry, preferably with 5 or more years of experience addressing clean energy and grid modernization issues.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as an active participant in state regulatory proceedings.



  • Pragmatic visionary.  You see the long-term direction the electric power industry is headed and find ambitious yet practical paths to get there.
  • Good communicator. You have exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills.
  • Consensus builder. You are an adept consensus builder who excels at convening groups of people.
  • Balanced. You are able to see all sides of an issue and maintain a balanced perspective on industry issues.
  • Proactive and self-motivated. You think ahead, anticipate challenges, and take things from start to finish. You have a keen ability to determine what is working and what is not, and you take action to lead in the right direction.
  • Flexible. With major changes occurring both internally and in the industry at large, you are able to adjust to changing priorities and operate effectively in a fluid and fast-paced environment.
  • Collaborative work style. With a wide range of stakeholders to support and/or guide, you possess a style that both complements the efforts and supports the needs of others.


What's Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  • This position will provide the opportunity to work in a cutting-edge organization which thrives on innovation.
  • Collaborative and highly-supportive work environment with a great team of colleagues.
  • You will be part of a team with a culture driven by these organizational behaviors:
    • Attitude: Exude responsiveness and friendliness
    • Excellence: Deliver high-quality work that members rave about
    • Ownership: Take personal responsibility for SEPA's success
    • Growth: Seek out and embrace opportunities to grow SEPA and yourself
    • Balance: Always examine all sides of an issue
    • Comradery: Work hard with the team and have fun with the team
    • Transparency: Communicate honestly, frequently, and openly


Apply on-line with cover letter, resume and salary requirements directly to Smart Electric Power Alliance. Applications without a cover letter or salary requirements will not be accepted.

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