Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Schneider Summer Fellow - Climate & Clean Energy/Western Energy

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/28/2018 12:24 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Climate and Clean Energy [402000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.   NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking a Schneider Summer Fellow to work with the Climate and Clean Energy Team in the SF office.  This will be a 2019 summer internship. This opportunity is only open to currently enrolled Stanford students.


    NRDC's Western Energy team advocates for policies to promote beneficial electrification as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the building and transportation sectors. To inform that work, we are seeking a fellow to analyze the impact of various policies on the cost of electricity in California. While California has some of the highest electricity rates in the country, it has lower than average residential bills thanks to a variety of factors, including demand-side management initiatives and a relatively mild climate. The viability of switching to electricity as a heating and transportation fuel, however, will depend in part on keeping the price of electricity affordable for Californians in absolute terms and relative to future gasoline and natural gas prices.


    To better understand the main drivers of electricity prices in California, the fellow will:

    • Conduct a thorough literature review
    • Unpack the revenue requirements of the state’s large electric utilities into their component parts (generation, distribution, transmission, DSM programs, etc.) and chart their relative contribution over time
    • Assess the impact of various policies on utilities’ revenue requirement components and the corresponding impact on residential customers’ electricity rates and bills
    • Compare California’s performance in energy affordability against other states by analyzing electric bills and rates
    • Present the information in an accessible format for a lay audience


    The outcome of this project would be a report and presentation to inform NRDC’s advocacy in California on electricity rate design and energy affordability.


    In addition to the above task, the fellow will further NRDC’s advocacy in Resource Adequacy in the west with a focus on California. Resource Adequacy, ensuring availability and reliability of low cost power, is a growing area of interest and there are concerns in California depending on how policies are redefined.  Our fellow will help sort out the various efforts and help create strategies to effectively promote NRDC goals.  They will also participate in advocacy forms to ensure our that state greenhouse gas reduction and equity goals are not adversely impacted by existing reliability standards that were crafted in response to the California energy crisis.

    Ideal applicants would be seniors or graduate students with a firm grasp of economics, energy policy, and must possess strong analysis & writing skills.


    NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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