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Weatherization Intergovernmental Programs Office Opportunity in Energy Efficiency Policy

ORISE is continuing normal program operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity will be offered as long as the Hosting Facility is able to complete the onboarding process and ensure a meaningful experience to participants. We encourage you to apply and submit your application as soon as possible. Updates to this opportunity will be provided on this page as needed.
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers by providing opportunities to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. Participants will become part of a group of highly-trained scientists and engineers with the education, background, and experience to be part of the workforce that supports the DOE's mission in the future.
The participant will engage and collaborate with the Weatherization Intergovernmental Programs Office (OWIP) to identify policies and best practices in state and local governments, utilities and public utility commissions, and weatherization agencies that can be shared with and adopted by grantees and stakeholders of OWIP’s energy efficiency and renewable initiatives. The participant should bring a strong interest to develop in providing solutions for low-income communities and other under-served areas. A substantial component of this role is researching, identifying, prioritizing and accelerating the adoption of policies and practices that enhance OWIP grantee efforts and transform markets targeted by OWIP’s programs. Market transformation encompasses the wide variety of activities that encourage the mass acceptance and adoption of the technologies that are the outcome of DOE research and development activities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. 
The primary objectives of this opportunity include learning and developing in the areas of:
• Researching and documenting the state and local government, utility and public utility commission, and other agency policies and best practices to enhance OWIP’s grantee performance and market transformation goals.
• Coordinating with information and communications staff to communicate the policies and best practices to grantees, policymakers and stakeholders who are positioned to take action on them, or support their adoption.
• Compiling analytical and informational materials, preparing briefings and presentations, and managing key stakeholder interactions.
• Researching and assessing the cost effectiveness of energy policies and market transformation activities to determine feasibility.
• Researching and analyzing data on OWIP programs and providing input on the feasibility of implementing OWIP program and grantee process improvements.
• Coordinating with other DOE offices, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and public and private interest groups’ that are also conducting work on best practices or policies related to OWIP programs.
As a result of their participation on this program, Participants are expected to:
• Gain deep insight into the federal government's role in the creation and implementation of policies that affect energy technology development.
• Contribute to the implementation of energy policies by applying their scientific and technical expertise to the development of solutions for problems in areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
• Continue their education and involvement in areas that support the EERE mission either in a technical or policy-related role.
• Introduce policy-related knowledge and interest into research facilities supporting the EERE mission.
Participant Benefits
Selected candidates will receive a stipend as support for their living and other expenses during this appointment. Stipend rates are determined by EERE officials and are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background. Relocation expenses, not to exceed $5,000, incurred in relocating from the participant's current address to Washington, D.C. (if more than 50 miles from the address shown on the application), may be reimbursed. Participants will receive a travel allowance of $10,000 per appointment year to cover travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.
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Appointment Location
Washington, DC
Nature of Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE letter of appointment and Terms of Appointment.
Preferred Skills
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