Clean Energy Policy Manager – 21-60204
SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by providing its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).
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The Clean Energy Policy Manager provides, coordinates, and manages technical legal analysis of current and proposed clean energy policies as enacted through legislation, ballot measures, and regulations and assists with focused advocacy efforts to shape and drive policies impacting the utility of the future; recommends positions and strategies that advance SDG&E’s and SoCalGas’ business objectives. Initiates, supports, shapes and manages SDG&E’s local, state and federal legislative and regulatory clean energy policy development and advocacy efforts. The Clean Energy Policy Manager serves both SDG&E and SoCalGas with specific focus on: SDG&E’s external affairs team, Sempra Energy Utilities’ Sacramento and San Francisco lobbying teams, and Sempra Energy’s DC office by recommending positions and strategies that advance SDG&E’s business objectives at the local, state, national and international arenas.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manages the coordination of SoCalGas and SDG&E’s legislative and regulatory comments on clean energy policies in local, state, and federal arenas.
- Manages policy conflict resolution between the two utilities.
- Provides technical legal analysis of current and proposed local, state, and federal laws and regulations, to determine potential alignment with or impact to the utilities with respect to SDG&E’s and SoCalGas’ business goals and policy agenda with strong focus on electric clean energy policy.
- Drafts model statutory state- and federal-specific language and amendments to proposed legislation regarding issue areas in which SDG&E engages.
- Makes proactive recommendations regarding changes to existing laws and regulations that would strengthen state policies of importance to SDG&E.
- Coordinates local and regional support or opposition of state legislation working closely with External Affairs, the Sacramento Office, the SF Office and the DC Office.
- Develops consensus positions with SoCalGas’ legislative policy team to produce a single Sempra Energy Utility position when appropriate.
- Manages the entire local, state, and federal advocacy support and legal clean energy analysis load for SDG&E as needed.
- Develops talking points, testimony, position letters, and responses to data requests from legislators on clean energy policies.
- Provides in-person advocacy as requested by local external affairs, Sacramento, SF, and DC Offices
- Concisely identifies business impact of proposed legislation and regulation.
- Supports business units by identifying key subject matter experts, ensuring all affected SDG&E groups and participate in legislative analysis. Responsible for coordinating large teams of internal experts at wide levels of the organization with varying interests. Must be able to manage conflict and set internal expectations as appropriate to best serve the interests of SDG&E;
- Manages internal business expectations in coordination with Sacramento, local regional public affairs and DC to collaboratively recommend and develop solutions that will provide the most benefit to the company.
- Serves as primary policy generalist on SDG&E’s clean energy policies as enacted through legislation and regulation at both the local, state and federal level.
- Builds and maintains strong relationships with Sr. Executive Officers at both SDG&E and SoCalGas.
- Presents as needed to chief officers at both utilities on local, state, national, and international developments on climate change policy and other clean energy policies impacting SDG&E and SoCalGas.
- Provides input to company executives on risks and benefits of legislative and regulatory actions.
- Creates efficiencies across internal organizations currently responsible for external strategy at the local, state, national, and international levels to ensure SDG&E and SoCalGas can leverage opportunities in external strategic efforts as we engage in the public dialogue about the future of the electric and gas utility.
- Coordinates external strategy efforts with media, regulatory, legislative, public affairs
- Represents the company with trade organizations, state and federal engagement teams, other investor-owned utilities, international, national and local partners, and others to ensure SDG&E-endorsed policies are enacted with broad support among state and community stakeholders.
- Bachelor’s Degree in energy-related filed, political science, public policy, or related field.
- 5 years’ experience in public policy and/or government affairs
- 4 years’ experience with energy related legislative, regulatory, and/or political processes.
- Job requires up to 15% travel.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to present to and advise Chief Officers and Sr. Executives in both written and verbal format.
- Ability to present to external entities and provide a positive representation of company position.
- Ability to legally interpret complex technical language and explain in simple terms.
- Ability to synthesize statutes and best practices to prepare guidance memoranda explaining multiple perspectives and issues for all levels of the company, including chief officer.
- Ability to clearly communicate complex policy and legislative issues and concepts to audiences and constituents of diverse backgrounds, at all levels of the company both written and verbal.
- Ability to manage multiple projects, work within tight deadlines, and prioritize work.
- Ability to work independently and as a key member of multiple project teams.
- Ability to organize, plan, control, coordinate, and effectively manage cross-functional teams.
- Ability to assess business unit priorities and weigh against policy goals to inform legislative activity recommendation.
- Possesses strong project management and leadership skills.
- Law degree is desired.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.