Week 8: BCS Incorporated

March 1st, 2012

Spencer Partridge ’13: Williams Fellow in Energy Policy

My colleagues and I from BCS, Incorporated.

In my final week here at BCS, I have completed several tasks. Having finished all previous tasks I have been working on last week, I began work on several smaller projects. Monday, I was given several resumes which I formatted to BCS standards. In addition, I began to develop briefings on potential teaming partners that BCS management would be meeting with later this week. On Tuesday, I attended a sustainability briefing that was held at the state Capitol building in downtown Denver. This briefing included several speakers who discussed various strategies towards sustainability. The briefing was hosted by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. The keynote address was given by Kim Jordan, the CEO of New Belgium Brewing Company.  In addition, I looked into new business development opportunities for BCS and included these in a spreadsheet that was sent to BCS’ managers.

Through this fellowship, I learned and improved on many skills. For instance, I have gained knowledge about much of the inner-workings of various government agencies and the amount of work that is contracted to outside sources, including private firms like BCS. In addition, I have continued to expand on my writing skills. While the writing style is very different from what a professor at Cornell may request for a research paper, I feel that the writing skills developed at Cornell provided a great basis for enhancing my skills. I was also able to use many skills learned at Cornell to help prepare me for various projects that were assigned to me during this experience. For instance, I was able to use statistical skills that I had learned in STATS 101 to perform a statistical analysis on Smart Grid projects.

I also feel that this fellowship has had a great influence on my personal and professional plans. This experience has allowed me to see the potential of working for a company similar to BCS in the future. While here I have also begun to see the benefits of getting a master’s degree as opposed to going to law school. While law school can be beneficial for some professions, in the area of environmental policy a master’s degree seems to be more fitting.

Week 7: BCS Incorporated

February 23rd, 2012

Spencer Partridge ’13: Williams Fellow in Energy Policy

This week at BCS, I have continued to develop research on distributed generation inland hydropower. I completed a rough draft of the initial section for this research paper last Thursday and have been making changes, as well as performing new research on additional aspects that need to be included. In addition to this project, I also completed research and developed inputs for a chapter on an industrial energy efficiency programs guide. I have also continued to look into new opportunities for BCS to provide their services to potential clients, and am reporting my findings widely across the company, including to management. With this being the second to last week here, I cannot believe how much I have learned through this experience. This experience will likely leave me with a great new outlook on energy policy and politics in general.

Week 6: BCS Incorporated

February 16th, 2012

Spencer Partridge ’13: Williams Fellow in Energy Policy

This week, I have been continuing to develop inputs for a chapter in an industrial energy efficiency research paper. I am working to continue to find more details that can be included in the document. I am also continuing to look into new marketing opportunities for BCS through the use of procurement sites. When opportunities are discovered, I am also documenting them and report opportunities widely across the company. I also have been reformatting some files for inclusion in a proposal opportunity being led by one of BCS’ Vice Presidents. In addition, I have finished initial research on distributed generation hydropower and have now begun developing a draft of a research paper to present my findings.

Week 5: BCS Incorporated

February 9th, 2012

Spencer Partridge ’13: Williams Fellow in Energy Policy

This week, I have continued to conduct research and develop inputs for a chapter on an industrial energy efficiency programs guide. Through this, I am beginning to develop an awareness of knowledge needs for the current industrial energy efficiency workforce. I am also reworking part of the body of this guide. In addition, I have been looking into new marketing opportunities for BCS through procurement sites.  Furthermore, I developed a summary table of testimonials that BCS has received. This week, I am beginning to conduct research on distributed generation inland hydropower. This research will help to inform a client on the presence of this technology.

Week 4: BCS Incorporated

February 1st, 2012

Spencer Partridge ’13: Williams Fellow in Energy Policy

This week, I have continued to conduct research and develop inputs for a chapter on an industrial energy efficiency programs guide. Through this, I am continuing to develop some of the benefits to having a strong industrial energy efficiency workforce. I have also been conducting research into finding a source for an important industry/government statistic for one of the company’s Vice Presidents. In addition, I have continued to expand inputs for the spreadsheets I developed related to business development resource management. Lastly, I have been looking into new procurement opportunities to identify possible support service opportunities for BCS; and have been assisting in performing tests for the next webinar that BCS will be hosting.

Week 3: BCS Incorporated

January 24th, 2012

Spencer Partridge ’13: Williams Fellow in Energy Policy

This week, I have been continuing to develop and research inputs for a chapter of an industrial energy efficiency programs guide. For this project I am currently researching data to be included in the chapter, as well as developing some of the benefits to a strong industrial energy efficiency workforce. In doing this, I am learning about current training programs in this area and the affect they have on workforce strength. I have also helped to develop a data table on corporate qualifications to be included in a proposal. This table will be used to help show past experience in various service areas across a BCS team. I am also working on producing a statistical analysis of federal funding for Smart Grid projects. While doing this, I have been checking the data to see if it has a normal distribution and checking the data for outliers. In doing these different projects, I am also having the opportunity to see both the marketing/business development side of BCS and the public policy support side as well.

Week 2: BCS Incorporated

January 20th, 2012

Spencer Partridge ’13: Williams Fellow in Energy Policy

This week, I have continued to update the business development resources. In doing so, I have been able to allow for a wider usage of these databases throughout the company. Along with working on updating these databases, I have also been conducting research and began drafting inputs to a chapter in an industrial energy efficiency research paper. In this research, I have been looking into industrial energy efficiency programs and how to develop a strong energy efficiency workforce. In doing so, I have begun to look into certification and license programs that are available.

Week 1: BCS, Incorporated

January 13th, 2012

Spencer Partridge ’13: Williams Fellow in Energy Policy

This week, I have been developing spreadsheets related to business development resource management for BCS. I have been working to make these spreadsheets user friendly and to allow for easy access to contact information. In creating this database, BCS will be able to easily access contact information for in future projects. This database will also help BCS to find potential partnerships with other businesses that could assist in various criteria for procurement opportunities. I have also been looking through websites of procurement offices to help find future opportunities for BCS to provide some of the company’s services. In doing this, I have begun to familiarize myself with these procurement office sites and to develop new skills in searching for these opportunities. Furthermore, I have been able to gain a familiarity with some of the terminology used on these procurement sites. I have also begun to actually find potential opportunities that BCS could submit proposals and quotes as well as opportunities for BCS to submit information to RFI’s or requests for information, which will help provide more time to develop a proposal.

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