Policy and Regulatory Affairs Associate – Western States
Policy and Regulatory Affairs Associate | Fervo Energy | NV, UT, IH, or CA
FERVO ENERGY Fervo Energy Roles: Policy and Regulatory Affairs Associate – Western States
Geothermal energy can play a central role in decarbonizing the energy sector. Geothermal energy is used for both carbon free power generation and for direct use heating, and along with solar and wind, is a critical component in a clean energy future. While policy treatment of the geothermal energy industry has historically lagged other renewables, there now exists a unique opportunity to help inform and shape the policy landscape to facilitate widespread geothermal development. In joining us, you’ll join at the ground floor of both an exciting company and a growing industry.
The Policy and Regulatory Affairs Associate – Western States will work with Fervo’s Director of Strategy to craft and advocate for supportive policies and execute Fervo’s interaction with stakeholders at state and local levels in order to grow the market for utility-scale geothermal energy. The job will consist of engaging with lawmakers, regulatory officials, and administrators, designing, constructing, and distributing educational materials, tracking and participating in utility commission regulatory proceedings, and monitoring the evolution of proposed policies. Because the position requires both deep regulatory understanding and a solid perspective on stakeholder needs, the successful candidate will be comfortable with outreach to elected and appointed officials and their staff, be able to become an expert on regulatory processes, and be able to think creatively about how to grow the industry. This is a unique opportunity to shape policy and help direct stakeholder engagement with one of the clean energy industry’s most exciting companies.
- Educate regional legislators and key energy market regulators on the benefits of geothermal energy • Help cultivate and maintain relationships with federal, state, and local policy makers • Lead Fervo’s participation in regional regulatory proceedings (like public utilities commissions’
proceedings), including preparing official filings and comments and engaging with feedback from other stakeholders
- Conduct analyses on proposed policy changes to help inform stakeholders of associated impact • Execute regional advocacy with local environmental and industry groups
- Provide recommendations for engaging in regulation and policy that might affect Fervo’s business
- Excellent interpersonal, writing, and communication skills
- 2+ years of experience with roles in policy, electricity, or energy
- Demonstrated ability to have an impact in assigned roles
- Passion for climate change and furthering renewable energy policy
- Self-starter attitude, willingness to plan with little oversite
- Ability to come up to speed quickly on complicated and sometimes ambiguous regulatory processes • Comfort with knocking on doors and making connections
- Ability to multi-task and operate effectively in a fast-paced environment
- Strong organizational skills
- Master’s degree in policy or energy-related subject matter
- Demonstrated track record of building connections in federal, state, or local political and regulatory realms
- Experience working with policy makers and regulatory officials
- Experience working in state energy regulatory organization(s) or state government • Experience with legal writing
Fervo Energy has principal offices in Houston and San Francisco. Because this position will focus on policy and regulatory affairs in the Western States, candidates will preferably be located in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, or California. Within the overall structure of Covid-related restrictions, moderate travel is required for this position.
About Fervo Energy
Fervo Energy commercializes innovative technologies to develop, operate, and own geothermal assets as the dispatchable foundation to a 100% clean energy future. As a 24/7, reliable clean energy resource, geothermal energy has a major role to play in the future electric grid. Fervo’s innovations include technologies such as advanced computational models, horizontal drilling, and distributed fiber optic sensing that we have developed with partners including Schlumberger, ARPA-E, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fervo was founded in 2017 and is supported through Cyclotron Road, the Department of Energy, Stanford University, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
Fervo’s culture is fast-paced, innovative, and collaborative. We believe in building things that last, collaborating on innovation, doing what we say we’re going to do, and stopping to smell the roses. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have worked well together virtually over Zoom. Though we plan to ultimately reopen offices, we will continue to embrace a hybrid work style and use tools adopted during remote work to communicate with team members across multiple geographies.
Please apply to the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Associate – Western States position through our website at: https://www.fervoenergy.com/careers.
Fervo Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.