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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Overview

Palo Alto, CA
501 to 1000 employees
1973
Nonprofit Organization
Membership Organizations
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) knows there's more to electricity than putting a plug in a socket. The institute consists of investor-owned and government-owned utility companies, as well as other industry representatives. EPRI is a not-for-profit ... Read more

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) – Why Work With Us?


Together Shaping the Future of Electricity

EPRI provides thought leadership, industry expertise, and collaborative value to help the electricity sector identify issues, technology gaps, and broader needs that can be addressed through effective research and development programs for the benefit of society.

Our Business

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts research, development, and demonstration projects for the benefit of the public in the United States and internationally. As an independent, nonprofit organization for public interest energy and environmental research, we focus on electricity generation, delivery, and use in collaboration with the electricity sector, its stakeholders and others to enhance the quality of life by making electric power safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible.

Our Members

EPRI has collaborated with the electricity sector and its stakeholders since 1972 and our membership has grown to represent approximately 90% of the electric utility revenue generated in the United States and extends to participation in more than 35 countries. The worldwide membership that supports our work comprises more than 1,000 organizations. While most members are electric utilities, others are businesses, government agencies, regulators and public or private entities engaged in some aspect of the generation, delivery, or use of electricity.

Through their advisory roles in EPRI, its research sectors and programs, EPRI members help inform the development of EPRI's annual research portfolio, identify critical and emerging electricity industry issues, and support the application and technology transfer of EPRI's research and development.

Our History

In November 1965, the Great Northeastern Blackout left 30 million people in the United States without electricity, starkly demonstrating the nation’s growing dependence on electricity and vulnerability to its loss. It marked a watershed for the U.S. electricity sector and triggered the creation of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Although power was largely restored within 12 hours, the blackout prompted public and political scrutiny that continued for years. Leaders in the U.S. Congress were troubled by the nation’s dependence on a fragmented, critical industry for which there was no unified planning and research.

Dr. Chauncey Starr answered the call from Congress to create an independent research and development organization to support the electricity sector and address its technical and operational challenges. At a formal hearing of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, he presented his vision for the Electric Power Research Institute in serving its mandate for objective, scientific research.

Much has changed in the electricity industry with advances in such technologies as renewable energy, environmental controls, and the smart grid. EPRI meets traditional and emerging challenges with technological innovation, thought leadership and technical expertise. Our research portfolio addresses a range of issues that change with the times and the technology, even as the underlying expectations remain constant for electricity that is affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible.

Shape the Future of Electricity

EPRI’s team works throughout the quickly changing energy landscape, addressing the electricity sector’s significant challenges and opportunities. We seek people with the right combinations of education, expertise, experience, and talent—and who share our commitment to innovation, results, collaboration, and the public benefit.

Expertise. Thought Leadership. Innovation.

Industry expertise, thought leadership, and innovative solutions drive our work. Through our rigorous, objective research, analysis, and collaborations, the electricity sector, its customers, and stakeholders, everyone on the EPRI team makes meaningful contributions to society while realizing professional growth, a rewarding career, and opportunities to work with people from around the world with a tremendous range of experience, skills, talents, and interests.

Why Work At EPRI?
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POWER DELIVERY AND UTILIZATION

Get involved with the latest research on transmission, distribution, and end-use technologies that utilities own, operate, and maintain.
Opportunities include:

  • Emerging technologies such as smart meters, augmented reality, outage management detection, and communication tools
  • Electric transportation infrastructure requirements and grid impacts of vehicle charging options
  • Transmission and distribution systems and the integration of distributed energy resources
  • Grid planning and operations models and associated tools
  • Understanding electric utility customers to optimize system performance, reliability, and economics
  • Information and communication standards, technologies, and cyber security

GENERATION

Help us advance research on traditional and emerging technologies in fossil-fueled and renewable power generation.
Opportunities include:

  • Reduce emissions from fossil fuels, capture the remaining pollutants to use them to preserve land and water quality, and reduce consumption of natural resources
  • Advance technologies for innovative application in the power industry, such as miniature drones and robots
  • Develop sensors that can withstand the enormous temperatures and pressures inside boilers and turbines
  • Build data analytics to improve plant operations and deploy cyber security technologies that enable plants to prevent, limit damage, and recover from cyber-attacks
  • Explore advanced metal alloys and chemicals that prevent corrosion and push the boundaries of power generation to new levels of efficiency and reliability

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

Interested in the environment? Our research and analyses focuses on environmental issues from the generation, transportation, and use of energy and electricity.
Opportunities include:

  • Manage emissions, contaminants, and other by-products of electricity production that could impact air, land, water resources and public health
  • Establish ways to ensure availability of freshwater supplies for power plant operations while protecting ecosystems and aquatic life
  • Integrate strategic analyses of critical energy, environmental, and economic issues facing the power industry
  • Reduce workplace injuries and exposures to keep utility workers and the public safe
  • Define, measure, advance, and achieve sustainable electricity

NUCLEAR

Work in industry-leading research and development to maintain the long-term viability of nuclear power plants worldwide, and to inform the technical basis and operating expertise necessary for safe, clean, reliable nuclear power.
Opportunities include:

  • Manage issues affecting waste management, including advanced fuel cycles, used fuel transportation, and spent fuel pool behavior
  • Evaluate and address issues regarding advanced nuclear technology such as small modular reactors
  • Identify and overcome key technical barriers and investigate cost-effective modernization approaches for long-term operations
  • Apply risk management and process optimization to eliminate operational redundancies
  • Support nuclear power’s growth internationally

BUSINESS SUPPORT

We're looking for business professionals with strong reasoning, quantitative, and communications skills to provide operational support for our research sectors.
Opportunities include:

  • Finance, Compliance/Audit, and Sourcing
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Legal
  • Member and Technical Services

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    Remote work locations are possible. Management is easy to work for and with (well, mostly). You get to make your own portfolio from what you are passionate about.

    Cons

    It's very hard to get fired from EPRI. There are a few narcissistic micro-managers around and it's hard to get away from them. There are very few opportunities for advancement.

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