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Sustainable Strategies Consultant (Engineering Degree Required)


Columbus, NE, US, 68602

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Sustainable Strategies Consultant (Engineering Degree Required) located at the Columbus General Office in Columbus. The position closes September 25, 2019.


Position Summary

The Incumbent meets and communicates regularly with Wholesale Customers , NPPD Retail, and Industry Executives to provide, support, or facilitate the delivery of value-added energy-related services (including renewable energy, efficient electrification and emerging electro-technologies) and information in support of the customers' operations as it relates to residential, commercial, and industrial business sectors.

Education, Training and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with 10 years of energy-related services experience is required.  Required years of experience may be reduced if the applicant also holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration or another discipline.


Prior related extensive experience in one or more of the following areas:

Manufacturing processes, compressed air, refrigeration, application of lighting, HVAC, motors, energy efficient equipment application, or  technical sales (i.e. sales of energy-related products), and/or front-line customer service directly related to these areas. Professional level customer service is preferred.


Proven program leadership/management with history of successful efficiency program results is required.  


Recent experience in renewable energy (wind and/or solar generation), emerging electro-technologies, and efficient electrification technologies is preferred.   

Licenses and/or Certifications

Professional Engineer (PE) registration preferred.  Certified Energy Manager may be considered instead of PE.   Incumbent will have one year from the date of hire to obtain and maintain CEM.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Incumbent actively supports Wholesale Customers and Retail Customers with energy-related services and increased focus on energy efficiency.  Services provided include: energy and energy cost related analyses, power quality, power factor, audits, rate comparisons, energy efficient product promotion, lighting system analyses, conservation on demand management, building energy conservation recommendations, reliability analyses and corrective actions, engineering and technical support for GeoEnergy, energy monitoring, energy information analyses, energy conservation and energy efficiency programs.


Continue to develop technical knowledge and proactively promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, emerging electro-technologies, and efficient electrification technologies. Utilize reporting tools to monitor performance (activity and results).


Develop relationships with key external business partners (dealers, builders, contractors, etc.) and actively promote energy efficiency improvements that are in the best interest of the end-use customer. Develop relationships with key industry and business associations and develop alliances with vendors to leverage the services that can be provided to Wholesale Customers, NPPD Retail and their end-use customers.


Serve as the District's Energy Efficiency Expert and be the expert contact on specific processes and technology resources (e.g. Demand and Energy, Microwave Drying/Curing, High-Efficiency Illumination, Smelting, High-Speed Extrusion, GeoEnergy, Energy Monitoring and Information, etc.), including latest research trends.


Serve as a trusted energy partner for Wholesale Customers, NPPD Retail and their largest industrial customers. Interface with state and federal agencies and trade associations (which includes but is not limited to: Department of Energy, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, American Public Power Association and Smart Electric Power Alliance) to complete reports and collaborate on projects.


Provide assistance on sustainable energy technologies initiatives for the District, such as photovoltaic, energy storage and electric transportation. 

Accountable for other duties as assigned.
Core Competencies
Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity and Inclusion
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship


Salary Information: $8,281-$10,665 per month.  

Travel Required: Up to 25% (With no or minimal overnight stays, less than 3 per month, typically within state of Nebraska)  Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.


Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force.

Hiring Philosophy
Federal EEO
E-Verify Participant
Right to Work

We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

Nearest Major Market: Lincoln