Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$120,000.00 - $150,000.00 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Board of Supervisors
Job Number
Posting Only

Are you interested in working for a cutting-edge start-up company that is doing something NOW for the environment? Do you possess the technical skills and experience to help a community choice energy program? Are you passionate about renewable energy and combating climate change?  If so, please apply for this amazing opportunity to be part of the solution - Manager of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) for Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE).
The Manager of DERs will work under the supervision of the CEO and in close collaboration with the Director of Power Resources, the Director of Energy Programs, and the Director of Customer Care.  This role will focus specifically on creating and executing a Distributed Energy Resources strategy.  At least five to seven years of directly related experience is required.  This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in one of the largest community choice energy (CCE) programs in California and have a large impact to increase local renewable energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for this geographic area. More information is available at   
About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is the community choice energy program (known as a "CCA") for San Mateo County. PCE is the electricity provider for all electricity accounts in the 20 communities in San Mateo County (Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, and Woodside) as well as the unincorporated county. The city councils of each city were unanimous in their support for joining PCE.
PCE's customer base includes almost 300,000 accounts, serving a population of 765,000, with a total electrical load of almost 4 million megawatt-hours. Residential customers make up about 270,000 of the accounts, and 37% of the electrical load, with commercial/industrial making up about 30,000 accounts and 63% of the electrical load. PCE is the fifth operating CCE in California and launched in October 2016. 

Position Characteristics
PCE currently has a goal to deploy at least 20 MW of local power by 2025, but we expect the Manager of DERs to identify opportunities beyond this goal for DERs to help PCE meet its broader goals including meeting 100% of our electricity load with renewable energy by 2025, stimulating clean tech innovation in San Mateo County, reducing GHG emissions, and creating economic benefits. 
The Manager of DERs will create a distributed generation strategy and launch procurement efforts to develop opportunities to deploy energy storage, distributed generation, and other distributed energy resources in San Mateo County.  The Manager of DERs will work closely with key internal and external stakeholders, coordinate local community-based renewable/GHG-free energy projects, and participate in Board of Directors meetings, as well as community events. 
The ideal candidate has direct experience designing and developing DER installations including evaluating site locations, estimating system output, analyzing costs and benefits, and has familiarity with interconnection policies and procedures.  The ideal candidate is deeply familiar with the DER landscape including DER technologies, contracting structures, local, state, and federal policy, funding sources and opportunities, and best practices for procurement design and implementation. The ideal candidate also has existing relationships with a significant number of DER stakeholders, developers, and decision makers and a successful history developing new business, including identifying opportunities, building partnerships, developing proposals, and executing projects to completion with well-thought-out scopes of work and budgets.
The Manager of DERs will interface with a wide range of market participants, regulators, contractors, attorneys, and consultants, implementing PCE's distributed generation procurement. The Manager of DERs is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with these key stakeholder groups, and for communicating PCE's central messages consistently. 
Supervisory Responsibilities
There are no direct supervisory duties at this time, but this could change as PCE continues to grow. 

The salary for this position is $120,000 to $150,000 annually, depending on experience.

Examples Of Duties

  • Develop strategic plan to help PCE meet its goal to create a minimum of 20 MWs of new local power by 2025
  • Identify role of DERs in helping PCE meet other goals including procuring 100% renewable energy by 2025, stimulating economic development, and creating jobs in San Mateo County
  • Co-develop with Director of Procurement and Director of Programs a strategy and specific approach to coherent management and dispatch of the full range of DER resources in the region spanning generation, storage, demand response, vehicle-grid integration, and other resources as appropriate
  • Execute on strategic plan including but not limited to managing the following tasks:
    • Request for Proposal (RFP) development
    • PPA negotiation
    • Ongoing correspondence with counterparties including contract development and performance tracking
    • Multi-functional team coordination
    • Opportunity screening, benefit/cost analysis
    • Vendor selection
    • Schedule and budget oversight
    • Management of contractors
    • Data management/data transfer process
    • Issue resolution
    • Reporting and closeout of project upon completion
  • Develop projects from lead inception through operations including site evaluations and proposal development, while providing technical, economic, and commercial input; application of incentive and rebates; project execution plans; cost estimates, budgets, and schedules
  • Define appropriate metrics to measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques
  • Ensure lessons learned are implemented across projects through continuous improvement
  • Perform risk management to minimize project risks
  • Establish and maintain relationships with third parties/vendors and partners across the DER sector
  • Research and due diligence with respect to potential power supply opportunities
  • Provide reports on projects to management and the Board on a periodic and/or as needed basis; Assist with creation of materials to facilitate Board review of potential supplier agreements
  • Generate project implementation and transition roadmaps and drive buy-in across the organization
  • Ensure DER procurements follow regulatory and legislative requirements for implementation and reporting
  • Identify strategic opportunities for DER procurements to provide additional support to local, state, and national clean energy policy goals
  • Prepare mandatory reporting and compliance reports related to DERs, including any required by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the Department of Energy (DOE), and others
  • Participate in PCE's Integrated Resource Planning process
  • Establish standard operating procedures, protocols, and safeguards to ensure DER decision-making processes are aligned with agency goals
  • Track all steps needed to reach contract finalization and project integration, up to, and including, contract execution and initial power deliveries
  • Maintain current knowledge of regulatory/legislative trends and changes as well as current and future market conditions; monitor proceedings and stakeholder's processes related to DERs at the CPUC, CEC, CAISO, DOE, and others
  • Monitor, manage, and audit counterparties with regard to project performance and contract compliance, including contract milestones, conditions precedent, and deliverables
  • Manage vendor and contractor agreements
  • Identify opportunities for portfolio optimization, budget savings, congestion cost avoidance, and project development


Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in business, economics, engineering, environmental planning, or a related field and a minimum of five to seven years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities described above including working as a project developer on DER programs in the utility industry, and/or with a CCA program.  Master's degree in business administration is desirable.  
Knowledge of:

  • DER project development best practices including contracting, interconnection, site selection, permitting, and system design
  • CAISO and PG&E interconnection processes and the transmission and distribution grids
  • Energy generation technologies, including carbon neutral electric energy, conventional energy, and renewable energy
  • Energy storage technologies and business models
  • Distributed energy resource management platforms
  • Power purchase agreement structures, general terms, and conditions
  • Procurement processes specifically related to DERs
  • Successful Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and other procurement processes
  • Benefit/cost (or other financial justification) analysis
  • Familiarity with energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, and distributed generation; willingness to work with subject matter experts
Ability to:
  • Deliver excellent written products with strong logistical and quantitative analysis
  • Deliver excellent public speaking across diverse audiences
  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, effective dispute resolution, and commercial awareness
  • Manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented; demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons encountered during the performance of duties
  • Work as needed to attend evening and weekend meetings and make presentations; Travel throughout the region to attend meetings and functions
  • Interact professionally and effectively with customers, commercial partners, PCE staff team, Citizens Advisory Committee, and Board of Directors
  • Work with intermediate and advanced MS Office functions, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint
  • Work with tools including Gantt charts and project management tools, CRMs, and other advanced project tools
  • Be part of a team of committed people


To apply, please submit the application materials listed below to:
with a subject line: Manager DERs: "Your Name"
The application materials must include:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Responses to the four Supplemental Topics listed below
Supplemental Topics 
  1. Please describe how your education and experience have prepared you for this position, and how the position fits into your career goals and aspirations.  Specifically, describe your experience and / or knowledge of procuring or developing distributed generation projects. 
  2. Describe how you would evaluate the viability and value of a proposed DER project. 
  3. Please describe your experience in developing feed-in tariffs, solar programs, and/or other innovative wholesale or retail-based energy programs. 
  4. In this position, you will be part of a small, but growing, team of professionals. Describe your experience working as part of a team and indicate how you add value to the team. If you have managed or supervised employees, please describe that experience as well.

This is a continuous recruitment, which will be open until the position is filled.  Please apply as soon as possible to be sure you are considered for this important position.

A first round of screening will take place during the week of August 27, 2018.  Interviews will be scheduled after that time.  

Please note:  Although the County of San Mateo Human Resources Department is assisting PCEA with this recruitment, the position is not a County position.  It is a full-time position with Peninsula Clean Energy.

For questions regarding this position and the recruitment, please contact Chet Overstreet at (650) 363-4385.

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