City of Boston

Energy Analyst

Posted Date 2 months ago(10/5/2022 9:39 AM)
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Environment Department
Regular Full-Time
Environment Department
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Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


The Energy Analyst provides analytical support within the Environment Department’s Municipal Energy Unit (MEU) to support initiatives designed to reduce the City’s carbon footprint through projects including those which reduce energy use, switch from emitting to lower or non-emitting energy sources, increase renewable distribution and energy storage. These projects could involve activity with City owned facilities or through contracts with other parties.   


The MEU also includes the MEU Director, an Energy Manager, a Community Choice Electricity Program Manager, and an Energy Finance Manager. The City’s Commissioner of Environment oversees the Municipal Energy Unit and other energy planning activities.


The City of Boston uses an Enterprise Energy Management System (EEMS) to track, analyze, and add visibility to the energy and water consumption of every single municipally owned asset, including approximately 350 buildings, 67,000 streetlights, 850 signalized intersections, 272 parks and athletic fields, and pedestrian and traffic bridges. Approximately 3,700+ utility accounts serve these assets and the EEMS collects use and cost data from each account. The Energy Analyst is also responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate payment of the City of Boston’s electric and gas utility bills, and assisting the resolution of disputes over utility billing errors.


The EEMS is the primary tool used to benchmark City facilities and identify energy conservation measures (ECMs) through an ongoing Energy Savings Performance Contract program called the Renew Boston Trust. This system also shares data with the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager, used to comply with local and federal benchmarking programs. All municipal energy consumption data must also be used to calculate annual greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and for compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Green Communities Act.



  • Assists the City Auditing Department and EEMS vendor in verifying the accuracy of monthly utility bills delivered via bulk-billing files, and ensure that any credits owed to the City are refunded to the appropriate municipal budgets.
  • Monitors and reviews EEMS data to track progress towards meeting the City’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, including conducting Boston’s annual GHG inventory for municipal operations and annual Green Communities Report with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Ensures that data is accurately shared between the EEMS and the City’s U.S. EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) Account, used to comply with the City’s own Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), as well as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.
  • Develops baselines for ongoing Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and assist with planned measurement and verification (M&V) protocols.
  • Provides analytic support for other initiatives within the MEU.
  • Includes consideration of environmental justice in decision making processes.
  • Works collaboratively with the Public Facilities Department, Auditing Department, and Owner Departments during construction projects to ensure that responsibility for utilities bill payment is transferred to and from the general contractor at the beginning and end of construction (and resolve any related billing and account ownership disputes).
  • Works with the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT)  and other departments to develop real time energy reporting which could be posted to websites or used for other purposes.
  • Provides energy data to the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) for publishing on the City’s Open Data website (Analyze Boston)
  • Participates in development and/or review other party’s analyses of proposed renewable energy, fuel switching and efficiency projects.
  • Participates in development of analyses which evaluate a range of potential projects to assist in project prioritization and selection to maximum impacts such as reduced emissions and carbon impacts.
  • Supports and maintain MEU-related websites (and associated maps) for Renew Boston Trust and others.
  • Performs duties as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of professional experience in electrical, mechanical, energy engineering, and/or energy management, preferably with experience implementing supporting Energy Savings Performance Contracts, energy Project Development, or energy marketing activities. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical or energy engineering, economics, management, development, planning, environmental policy or related field strongly preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of professional experience. An MBA, MPA  or advanced finance degree may also be helpful.
  • Energy and/or Sustainability certifications are a plus, such as CEM, CEA, BOC, LEED AP, BEAP, BEMP. 
  • Understanding of issues related to energy and water use/conservation, utility rate structures and tariffs, competitive energy markets and renewable energy.
  • Understanding of climate change issues, and standard calculations and reporting protocols for greenhouse gas emissions
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • Highly competent with analytical tools including Google Suite and  MS Excel. Microsoft SQL, Tableau, Python, ArcGIS, and/or building energy modeling software preferred.
  • Ability to develop custom reports and develop new analytical tools.
  • Ability to learn new systems and technologies.
  • Ability to promote and implement continuous process improvements and document process management protocols
  • Detail oriented.
  • Strong active listening capabilities and ability to identify stakeholder needs.
  • Self-directed, motivated, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership through influence without direct authority
  • Ability to maintain and promote departmental policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to cultivate peer relationships and encourage a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.




Boston Residency Required.



Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-8/ Fulltime/ Non-union

Hours per week: 35


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