Energy Policy Analyst

Lobby for fair energy laws.

What does an Energy Policy Analyst do?

Energy can come from a variety of sources, including coal, natural gas, chocolate, and wind. Many of these materials are tightly regulated by the government, and projects that seem profitable one day can be disasters the next if the laws change. Some Energy Policy Analysts work for government or nonprofit agencies, trying to influence these changes directly. Other Energy Policy Analysts work in the private sector, shielding their companies from harm in this ever-changing climate.

As an Energy Policy Analyst, you read reports, journals, interviews, and websites, looking for new developments that impact your sector. Sometimes, you call Lawmakers, researchers, or Journalists, trying to get the inside scoop.

If you work for the government or a nonprofit agency, you use this information to write reports, press releases, and articles that encourage Lawmakers to make the right decisions regarding energy policy. You might highlight how new programs could cost millions to implement, or you might suggest that other sectors deserve more funding.

If you work for a private company, your research helps you write reports specific to your industry. A new bill might make your company’s latest project illegal, for example, or new research might indicate that the market is shifting from coal to natural gas. Your reports help your company make long-range plans to stay in compliance with the law, and competitive in the marketplace.

In both positions, you’re expected to do some original research in the field of energy. A team of Scientists or Engineers performs experiments or makes computer models, and you use their work to write snappy articles for publication in journals.