Energy Efficiency Engineer

Date:  Dec 2, 2021

Houston, TX, US, 77002

Company:  NRG

At NRG, we’re bringing the power of energy to people and organizations by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We generate electricity and provide energy solutions and natural gas to millions of customers through our diverse portfolio of retail brands. A Fortune 500 company, operating in the United States and Canada, NRG delivers innovative solutions while advocating for competitive energy markets and customer choice, working towards a sustainable energy future. More information is available at Connect with NRG on Facebook, LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

NRG Business Solutions manages a broad portfolio of competitively priced product and service offerings that can be tailored to meet the growing energy and sustainability needs of regional and national partners.  In delivering these important capabilities, NRG Business Solutions is responsible for orchestrating product development, origination, structuring, negotiation, construction and the implementation of solutions for retail and wholesale customers.


We are comprised of energy experts who serve as trusted advisors for energy procurement strategy, provide market expertise and deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction.  These solutions include establishing sustainability partnerships that increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and manage risks, while creating a 21st-century energy eco-system that is more sustainable, resilient, affordable and empowering. 


This innovative team is changing the way businesses produce and consume energy and are driving a transformation of the industry by creating solutions that will lead to the clean energy economy of the future.


Job Summary: 

The Energy Efficiency Engineer is expected to support strategy development as well as manage, develop and advise customers how to be more energy efficient by performing ASHRAE Level I-III energy audits and working with internal stakeholders to identify a suite of solutions that meets the customer needs. The position requires previous experience with energy auditing and verification of compliance with ASHRAE, ASME, and other relevant codes and practices. Significant project field experience in construction support, startup, repair, and/or maintenance work is required. This position is for a candidate who is passionate about energy efficiency and high performance and sustainable buildings. The candidate must enjoy and have experience with energy modeling for buildings.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform market research to support overall strategy development
  • Responsible for technical input as needed to support customer development, RFP and proposals
  • Technical resource to support vendor and partner relationships
  • Preform Preliminary Energy-Use Analysis (PEA) remote desktop studies prior to an onsite audit
  • Perform comprehensive energy audits (ASHRAE Level I-III) at customer site facilities
  • Identify energy conservation measures (water, carbon, mechanical, electrical, etc.)
  • Perform cost-benefit analyses, financial analysis for energy conservation measures (water, carbon, mechanical, electrical, etc.)
  • Develop detailed post-audit reports 
  • Develop and/or improve calculations and procedures utilized throughout the energy assessment and management process
  • Provide direct communication between customer and internal stakeholders
  • Work closely with internal teams to ensure alignment on sales goals.
  • Regularly reviews industry trends, code and policy updates/addendum
  • Conduct Measurement & Verification for customer programs as needed (utility incentives, Energy Star Certification, PJM EE Resource Credits, etc.)
  • Identify applicable incentive programs and oversee application processes
  • Perform benchmarking reporting through Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool
  • Create customized load studies


Working Conditions:

  • Standard office environment with open office seating.
  • Outdoor work at project locations in a construction environment.
  • Willingness to travel at least 50% of the time to project locations, vendor sites or other NRG offices.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is required
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in energy management and performing energy audits required
  • Professional Engineer License (PE)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental Engineering, preferred
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
  • Advanced knowledge of a range of sustainability topics including but not limited to climate change, renewable energy, and energy resilience, from an operational and policy perspective
  • Experience in management or energy consulting with direct customer contact preferred
  • LEED rating systems, energy codes, and utility incentives / rebates Knowledge of building systems, energy conservation principles/calculations, LEED rating system, utility incentives, energy codes and relevant government regulations
  • Knowledge of LEED and EnergyStar Certification processes
  • Knowledge of ASHRAE auditing standards, including building science, energy systems and controls, and the ability to develop strategies to reduce energy consumption
  • Knowledge of retro-commissioning study process and execution


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to deliver clear and concise messages to various audiences (both written and oral).  Ability to effectively communicate technical information to non-technical audience
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain warm relationships with customers preferred
  • Possesses strategic entrepreneurial and collaborative mindset and is able to operate effectively even when the way forward is not clear
  • Ability to manage incentive / rebate process on behalf of customers
  • Ability to accomplish tasks timely with minimal supervision and exercise independent judgment when required
  • Ability to anticipate issues and solve practical problems.
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to work in a team with high emotional intelligence and foster teamwork
  • Ability to navigate and manage personnel in a complex matrix organizational structure with little guidance
  • Flexible in work assignment
  • Willing to mentor/coach peers.
  • Behave ethically and within the values of NRG.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office products


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to pass safety and health requirements to gain access to offices and/or project construction sites.



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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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