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Research Analyst - Grid Edge

Company: Wood Mackenzie
Location: New York
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description
Wood Mackenzie is the global leader in data, analysis and consulting across the energy, chemicals, metals, mining, power and renewables sectors.
Founded in 1973, our success has always been underpinned by the simple principle of providing trusted research and advice that makes a difference to our customers. Today we have over 2,000 customers ranging from the largest global energy companies and financial institutions to governments as well as smaller market specialists.
Our teams are located around the world. This enables us to stay closely connected with customers and the markets and sectors we cover. Collectively this allows us to offer a compelling combination of global commodity analysis with detailed local market knowledge.
We are committed to supporting our people to grow and thrive. We value different perspectives and aspire to create an inclusive environment that encourages diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. We are committed to creating a workplace that works for you and encourage everyone to get involved in our Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Community Engagement initiatives. We actively support flexible working and are happy to consider alternative work patterns, taking into account your needs and the needs of the team or division that you are looking to join.
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We are proud to be a part of the Verisk family of companies!
Job Description
We are looking for a Research Analyst to join the Grid Edge research team within Wood Mackenzie's Power & Renewables group. The Grid Edge team consists of leading analysts covering some of the most cutting-edge topics in the energy transition, including transportation and building electrification, microgrids, virtual power plants, and grid modernization. Our research and thought leadership inform the strategies of key players in the power sector and those looking to enter it, driving innovative business models and hastening the energy transition.
The Analyst will focus on virtual power plants (VPPs) and their participation in power markets. This involves tracking VPPs, including the technologies, partnerships, and business models behind them. It also involves detailed research into the utility programs and wholesale market programs where VPPs are monetized. The Analyst will establish and maintain relationships with VPP operators, DER providers, utility program managers, ISO/RTO stakeholders, and others, developing data-driven, actionable insights that advance the business models of those in the VPP value chain while informing investors in the space. It is essential that the Analyst have prior industry experience with DER aggregation, DER participation in wholesale power markets, or utility DER programs.
The Analyst is expected to conduct original research and deliver analysis to clients through written reports, client briefings, and occasional consulting projects. As a subject matter expert, the Analyst will be a public face of Wood Mackenzie and the Grid Edge team, providing thought leadership through editorials, conference presentations, and media interviews.

  • Be the team's subject matter expert in virtual power plants and DER participation in power markets, including:
    • DER and demand response (DR) technologies and VPP platform.
    • The commercial landscape of companies in the VPP value chain
    • Utility DER and DR programs, including their drivers, rules, incentives, and participants
    • DER participation in power markets, including the market programs available, their participation rules, economics, and participation trends
    • Track market and regulatory development in RTOs and ISOs relevant to DERs, such as participation model reform, prices and market sizes, and trends in DER participation
    • Contribute two installments per year to Wood Mackenzie's DER Playbook report series, providing in-depth data and strategies for monetizing DERs in individual power markets
    • Maintain and update our database of VPP projects through desk research and developer and utility outreach
    • Publish an annual Virtual Power Plant Outlook, covering VPPs, the commercial landscape of providers, and market opportunities and challenges
    • Track and forecast demand response capacity, contributing to our annual U.S. DER Outlook report and to Wood Mackenzie's long-term power outlooks
    • Establish and maintain relationships with key industry stakeholders, including VPP providers, DER developers, utilities, and grid operators, checking in regularly to gather project, commercial, and market developments
    • Publish timely insights and editorials on technology, market, policy, and regulatory developments
    • Contribute to our Grid Edge Quarterly Executive Briefing
    • Provide direct feedback and guidance to Grid Edge clients upon request
    • Occasionally support the Power & Renewables consulting team on grid edge-related engagements
    • Present at Wood Mackenzie and external conferences, moderate panels, and host webinars
    • Collaborate with other members of the Grid Edge team, as well as other Wood Mackenzie technology and power teams, on joint research projects and reports
    • Assist with customer acquisition, retention, and relationship management
    • Assist with internal data and model infrastructure development and management
    • Travel infrequently, but as necessary, to clients and conferences
      • 3-6 years of industry experience with at least one of the following:
        • Wholesale power market design, operations, trading, or regulatory affairs
        • DER aggregation, monetization, or business development
        • Utility DER programs
        • Working knowledge of the VPP space, including the key players, technologies, and market opportunities
        • Working knowledge of wholesale power markets, including capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets and their participation rules
        • A bachelor's degree, and preferably a master's degree, in a social, physical, or environmental science
        • A self-learner, capable of getting up to speed on technical, financial, and regulatory subjects
        • Fluency with Excel and the ability to produce clear, well-documented models
        • Strong research skills, with the ability to mine public datasets, regulatory filings, financial disclosures, and secondary research reports
        • Strong interpersonal skills, necessary to engage effectively with industry stakeholders
        • A problem-solving instinct and a readiness to connect dots, form hypotheses, and confirm them with data
        • Excellent written and oral communication skills and professional writing skills
        • Excellent organizational skills, able to balance long-term research projects with near-term publications, client questions, and team development initiatives
        • Ability and willingness to work with a distributed team
          Nice to haves
          • Software and cloud experience, including python coding and SQL
          • Prior experience in research or consulting, including preparing client reports
          • Experience with macroeconomic forecasting, incorporating multiple datasets as well as market, policy, and regulatory outlooks
            Additional Information
            Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer.
            All members of the Verisk Analytics family of companies are equal opportunity employers. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran's status, age or disability.
            Unsolicited resumes sent to Verisk, including unsolicited resumes sent to a Verisk business mailing address, fax machine or email address, or directly to Verisk employees, will be considered Verisk property. Verisk will NOT pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume.

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