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Director, Regulatory Affairs - Western U.S.

NRG Energy

NRG Energy

California, USA · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity and gas customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.


In the Western US, NRG participates in retail and wholesale electric and natural gas markets, provides demand response solutions, and owns/manages electric generation.  Through its retail brand Direct Energy, NRG is one of the largest provider of commercial and industrial retail electricity as part of competitive programs in California and Arizona.


Provide coverage and advocacy of retail electric and gas regulatory matters at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), California Air Resource Board (CARB), Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), and other relevant regulatory agencies in support of NRG’s retail businesses in the Western US.  Also engage with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and keep abreast of Western regional market advancement in support of NRG’s wholesale market interests.  Develop and implement regulatory policy as part of an integrated team of regulatory affairs and governmental affairs professionals.  The candidate must have extensive knowledge of the electric power and natural gas industries in California and throughout the Western US, along with having extensive relationships with market participants and relevant regulatory agencies.  The candidate must also have a proven history of excellence in drafting comments advocating for competitive market principles and in preparing compliance filings at California regulatory bodies.


  • The candidate will be involved in regulatory matters covering the breadth of NRG’s businesses primarily at California regulatory agencies and the CAISO, but also with other Western states, as necessary.
  • Assist in the preparation, review, and coordination of regulatory filings at the CPUC, CEC, and CARB, including Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) and IRP procurement compliance, Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Planning and Compliance, Supplier Diversity, annual registration requirements for electric service providers and core transport agents, Power Source Disclosure, and others
  • Assess opportunities to support and grow NRG’s customer-sided solutions in the Western US, including Goal Zero, Vivint, virtual power plants. Help in devising the company’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP) strategy through rate design and programmatic opportunities.
  • Persuasively advocate company positions to regulatory agencies to support policies consistent with NRG's business goals and competitive market principles.
  • Track and analyze relevant regulatory policy changes and activity at the CPUC, CEC, and CARB. Key dockets include Resource Adequacy (RA), RPS, Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA), IRP, and investigations into natural gas system reliability and pricing.
  • Monitor changes at the CAISO that impact wholesale power and asset management teams
  • Study and gauge the impact of proposed regulatory policy changes on NRG in coordination with NRG business personnel and relevant trade associations.
  • Prepare reports and summaries that accurately reflect activity at regulatory agencies that are relevant to NRG.
  • Effectively communicate with key members of regulatory agencies on weaknesses or merits of specific policy changes to influence approval, amendment, or rejection in support of NRG's interests.
  • Interact with senior management across the company to communicate regulatory activity and develop regulatory strategies.
  • Work with industry peers and market participants to develop consensus solutions on complex policy issues.  Be NRG’s lead in California and Western US trade associations advocating for competitive market solutions.
  • Provide advice to management and project teams across NRG on regulatory requirements necessary to support business transactions and activity, and provide support to commercial transactions.
  • Manage and work with outside consultants and counsel within budgetary constraints; review and approve outside counsel invoices as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work expected to be performed.  They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so assigned.  The ideal candidate will have some substantive experience in as many of the areas of work described above as possible.


  • Extensive California and Western US regulatory experience and knowledge of competitive wholesale and retail markets. 
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in relevant disciple in public policy, engineering, or law. Advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the California market.  Must understand and have engaged in proceedings relevant to load serving entities operating in Caifornia.   
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member; ability to set priorities and to respond to changing demands from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated experience in building effective coalitions and policy advocacy, including working to create, staff, or govern trade associations.  
  • Willingness and ability to develop skills in new areas.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a variety of relevant areas including:  communication skills (verbal and written); project management skills; negotiation skills; the ability to provide a high level of client service and to do excellent work under difficult time pressures and deadlines.
  • Must be a hard-working, organized, and self-motivated.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%, if necessary.
  • Position will be remote, with a preference for a Western US base.


NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.  To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability.

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



Why NRG is a great place to work:

  • Great company culture!! Voted as a BEST employer by Forbes
  • A competitive total compensation package, including annual incentive and/or commission
  • Stock Purchase Plan 
  • Benefits on the first day of employment - Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Short Term Disability, Wellness program, etc.   
  • Company-paid life insurance and disability insurance
  • 401 (k) plan to help save for retirement
  • Generous PTO plan, plus 8 company holidays, and 3 floating holidays
  • Numerous discounts, including electricity discounts on NRG brands


If you reside in or intend to work remotely from California, Colorado, New York or Washington State, you may contact for compensation information related to this position and other information as required by applicable law. Please include the job title in your request.





** No Outside Recruiters or Agencies **


You must reside in the United States to be eligible for this position.

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.  To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability  Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.  

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