Position Details

Position:
Fellowship

Organization:
Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Contact:
Oscar Serpell
serpello@upenn.edu

Location:
Philadelphia

Application Deadline:
January 30, 2023

Term:
May – August 2023

Compensation:
Stipend

Level:
Graduate


Description of Fellowship

This opportunity is only available to Penn graduate students.

The Philadelphia Energy Authority is an independent municipal authority established in 2010 building a robust, equitable clean energy economy in Philadelphia. In 2016, PEA and City Council President Darrell Clarke launched the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, a $1 billion, 10-year investment in energy efficiency and clean energy projects to create 10,000 jobs. To date, PEA has helped launch over $291 million in projects and programs and

created over 2,500 jobs. PEA works to make Philadelphia a national model for implementing energy strategies that improve the health and well-being of the community and local economy, including the City’s most vulnerable residents. PEA uses energy as an entry point to address many of our biggest challenges— poverty, equitable economic development, climate change, and public health. PEA is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our operations and our programming.

This Kleinman-funded fellowship will enable a Penn graduate student to spend 10-12 weeks working on issues related to energy policy at PEA. Applicants for the PEA 2023 Kleinman Fellowship should be highly motivated individuals with experience working on energy, finance, and/or economic issues.

The PEA 2023 Kleinman Fellowship will focus on market research, pipeline development and outreach, and program analysis in support of accelerating the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Philadelphia. Most of the Fellow’s time will be spent supporting PEA’s commercial programs including C-PACE, Solarize Philly and the early-stage Virtual Power Plant initiative.

Context

Under the supervision of the PEA’s Senior Director of Commercial Programs, the Kleinman Fellow will support the continued growth and expansion of PEA’s Commercial programs through financial modeling, program development, and management, market education, stakeholder engagement, and research. The exact scope of work will be designed to complement the Fellow’s existing skills and desired learning experiences.

Tasks

The Fellow will work closely with the PEA’s Senior Director, Commercial Programs, and others to:

  • Develop strategic plans, market analysis, and research briefs for PEA’s commercial programs and present findings to PEA staff
  • Support the development of PEA’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP) initiative by synthesizing prior research, RFI responses, and market research
  • Analyze key provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and develop recommendations as to how PEA can take advantage of them, respond to opportunities and educate the broader market
  • Perform program-related financial & sensitivity analyses to generate long-term program forecasts and evaluate risk
  • Use specialized apps to identify commercial properties which may benefit from energy efficiency and solar energy investments
  • Conduct marketing and outreach for PEA’s commercial programs and products to grow PEA’s C-PACE and commercial solar pipelines
  • Prepare presentation materials, program documentation, application forms, and other written outputs for customer education and outreach
  • Participate in stakeholder engagement and event planning
  • Attend industry and networking events hosted by various business and trade organizations
  • Lead special projects that support the development of high-quality future programming which could include creating research briefs on potential opportunities for PEA or evaluating policy & market trends to inform strategic planning

Background and Skills Required

  • Current graduate student
  • A self-starter with strong problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in energy, sustainability, climate change, impact investing, finance, advocacy, education, urban studies, and/or other relevant topics
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: commercial real estate, renewable energy and/or real estate development, financial modeling, entrepreneurship, research
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Display maturity and a high level of professionalism
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Ability to manage simultaneous projects/work streams, set priorities, and exercise independent judgment

The following skills would be advantageous:

  • Training in finance, project and/or real estate or energy project development
  • Work experience in a company that is active in projects related to energy
  • Experience in a start-up or entrepreneurial environment

Application Instructions

Applications for this fellowship must be submitted to the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy by Monday, January 30th, 2023 using this form. If you have any questions about the fellowship application process, please direct them to Oscar Serpell (serpello@upenn.edu).

Your application should include:

  • Unofficial Transcript;
  • Resume;
  • Writing sample (Applicant should be the first author and the topic does not need to be related to energy, although that is always appreciated); and
  • A 1-page cover letter (please include which position you are applying to).

Stipend

Fellows will receive $15,000 from the Kleinman Center, inclusive of travel and housing.


Start and end dates for this fellowship are not fixed, but fellows must work full-time with PEA for 10-12 weeks and are expected to complete their assignments within 4 months of the start date. The final start and end dates will be decided between the fellow and PEA.