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NREL Federal Energy Procurement Specialist in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Federal Energy Procurement Specialist



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

NREL is looking for a motivated and dedicated candidate to join an impactful team that has supported almost $14 billion of clean energy investment at federal agency sites in the last two decades. The successful candidate will contribute primarily to the Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (DOE FEMP) Distributed Energy Procurement team, as well as the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) and Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) teams. The candidate will apply a deep understanding of, and direct experience with, federal project financing mechanisms, federal acquisition regulations, energy project development fundamentals, and renewable energy and storage technologies to federal agency energy projects. The candidate will support specific projects throughout the project implementation process, with a focus on the procurement phase. The candidate will also identify and respond directly to procurement and technical assistance needs, and will coordinate with the appropriate technical resources within the lab.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes

  • Comprehensive and advanced knowledge of federal acquisition regulations and other federal contracting principles related to federal agency projects. This includes, but is not limited to: ESPCs, ESPC ESAs, power purchase agreements (PPAs) and UESCs.

  • Demonstrated experience in executing federal energy projects.

  • Knowledge of financing instruments commonly used in clean energy financing, such as tax equity arrangements.

  • Excellent writing, communication, presentation, interpersonal, conflict resolution, and teaming skills.

  • Applies extensive engineering technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines. Considered a technical resource. Demonstrates leadership in several areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Basic Qualifications

PhD in Engineering or related field and 4 or more years of related experience .

Master's Degree in Engineering or related field and 7 or more years of related experience .

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related field and 9 or more years of related experience .


Additional Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working with energy service companies (ESCO) and/or renewable developers.

  • Advanced understanding and application of project management principles, practices, and standards.


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