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Utility Rates Analyst Utility And Energy Analyst 2

Company: State of Oregon
Location: Salem
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Job Description:

Initial Posting Date: 12/24/2020 Application Deadline: 01/28/2021 Agency: Public Utility Commission Salary Range: 4,647.00 - 7,125.00 Monthly Position Type: Employee Position Title: Utility Rates Analyst - Utility And Energy Analyst 2 Job Description: Join the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) for an opportunity to shape Oregons evolving energy policy. The PUC is at the forefront of the states efforts to create a more sustainable and equitable energy landscape in Oregon while balancing the provision of safe, reliable, and affordable power. We are looking for individuals excited to work on important energy policy topics. As a utility analyst, you will play a key role in affecting utility regulation and energy development across the state and the region. You may also implement new legislative and executive initiatives helping to shape Oregon's clean and renewable energy markets. The ideal candidates have experience in conducting policy analysis and providing recommendations on energy issues and working on multi-faceted, utility and public-facing projects. The PUC is currently searching for a Utility Analyst to participate in analysis, evaluation, monitoring of, and rulemaking for various decarbonization, renewable energy, and distributed energy resource programs and activities. Staff in this position will grow into leadership on select dockets. If you are seeking a rewarding employment opportunity that harnesses and grows your talents, positively shapes energy policy, and impacts the public good while collaborating with a team of dedicated professionals in a professional work environment, the PUC could be your next career move. Apply now. PUC Overview: Celebrating more over 100 years of history, the work of the PUC impacts every household throughout the state. The PUC is responsible for just pricing by of Oregon's investor-owned electric, natural gas, and telephone utilities, as well as select water companies via rate regulation. The PUC also enforces electric and natural gas safety standards and handles utility-related dispute resolution on behalf of Oregon residents. We play an integral part in creating and maintaining a fair and transparent regulatory environment that ensures safe, reliable, and efficient utility services at fair and reasonable rates for consumers. The PUC is funded by assessment of the regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utilities. The PUC staff in the Energy Programs bring specialization in areas ranging from renewable resource plans, distributed energy resources and energy efficiency to electric vehicle infrastructure planning and other key areas within the energy and utility sectors. The agencys mission is to ensure Oregon utility customers have access to safe, reliable, and high quality utility services at just and reasonable rates. This is done through robust analysis and independent decision-making conducted in an open and fair process. The PUC offices are located in downtown Salem, in close proximity to the State Capitol, and PUC maintains a Portland satellite office. With supervisor approval, employees living in the Portland metro area may be granted flexibility to work on-site at the satellite office with weekly travel to Salem for meetings and other Commission proceedings. (NOTE: Per direction from Governor Kate Brown, currently, nearly all PUC employees are teleworking to assist in reducing COVID-19 in Oregon. Future agency operations will be based on statewide guidance from the Governor and public health professionals.) The PUC prides itself in being a great place to have a career. As a mid-size State of Oregon agency, the PUC provides opportunity for employees to get to know each other in a friendly environment. As a State of Oregon agency, we offer: Benefit plans that pay up to 99 percent of the premium for health-related coverage of employees and dependents Membership in the Public Employee Retirement System retirement plan Eleven (11) paid holidays per year; 24 hours of personal leave per year; vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month and sick leave earned at a rate of 8 hours per month; and many other benefits. More information about the Oregon Public Utility Commission can be found online at: What you will do: The Energy Resources and Planning Division (ERP) focuses on energy policy development and implementation. Broadly, ERP provides in-depth quantitative, legal, socio-economic, and political analysis on the regulation, practices, and programs of six, investor-owned, monopoly utilities. The Division supports the PUC mission by protecting ratepayers and ensuring utilities activities align with the laws and policies of Oregon. The utility analyst will conduct quantitative analysis and participate in the development of recommendations for Commission action primarily focused in the areas of: Public utility system costs and benefits related to renewable programs; Demand-side and supply-side resource planning and acquisition matters; Oversight of utility programs and tariffs for energy efficiency and other clean technology programs. These technical analyses include using statistical, financial, econometric and / or engineering models. This position will serve as a member of interdisciplinary staff teams led by PUC management or senior utility analysts. The person in this position will participate in complex energy investigations, conduct workshops, collaborate with other staff and a multitude of stakeholders, write testimony, and develop recommendations to support senior management and Commissioners on paths forward to meet state statutory and policy requirements. This includes policy matters pertaining to both statewide and regional energy systems. Major duties may include: Conduct Research and Analysis: Conduct research and develop economic and regulatory policy analysis that assists in the oversight, implementation, and strategic planning of cutting-edge utility programs and services, in the areas of utility economics, accounting, financial analysis, operations, and public policy related to regulated utility planning, state energy policies, and compliance. Analyze issues and party positions in complex regulatory and policy cases, becoming acquainted with the record in particular cases, or developing a deep and comprehensive understanding of particular issues in a case. Stakeholder and Leadership Communications: Support agency objectives by applying a host of varied skills from econometric analysis, energy market acumen, teamwork, research, and well-crafted written and oral presentations to summarize PUC staff analysis and recommendations. Serve as a technical and policy resource to management in regulatory matters involving statewide electric and natural gas utilities and regional electricity systems. Develop whitepapers, participate in complex energy investigations, assist with and occasionally lead workshops, write testimony, and make recommendations that support decision making regarding major policy initiatives in the energy sector. Engage stakeholders and support engagement processes that broaden stakeholder participation, inclusion and diversity in key policy development efforts. Topic Areas May Include: Implementation of Oregons energy policies Works individually and as part of a team to track and analyze implementation and compliance of various programs including those related to the renewable portfolio standard, voluntary renewables, climate policy, and other programs. Ensures utilities are cost-effectively meeting customer demand while balancing state policy goals. Distribution System and Distributed Resource Initiative Performs analysis using Commission approved models and tools; composes written testimony to support the development of staff reports; evaluates the implementation plans and other data filings of regulated utilities and energy service suppliers on activities related to: implementation of Oregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS); carbon regulation; distribution system planning; community solar; Resource Value of Solar (RVOS); energy efficiency and avoided costs; demand response; electric vehicles; etc. Financial, Econometric, and Data Integrity Analysis Works with other staff to calculate adjustments to utility revenue requirements, the assessment of costs and benefits, and various demand and forecasts in companies' filings. Ensures the integrity and validity of large data sets for use in establishing value streams for avoided cost and the value of distributed energy resources. Integrated Resource Planning Serves as part of a team analyzing and reviewing the electric and natural gas utility IRP's filed with the Commission. Contributes economic, financial, and statistical analysis to the evaluation of each companies' proposed resource actions, developing analysis and written comments regarding the alignment of the IRP and IRP Action Plan with the Commission's IRP guidelines and orders. Other Duties: Rulemaking Participates in rulemaking dockets and research related to electric utilities. Assists stakeholders with the interpretation of the Commission's regulatory authority and jurisdiction. Develops new or modified administrative rules for Commission action. Compliance Filings Reviews compliance filings by electric utilities for clarity and consistency with Commission orders. Prepares written recommendations and makes oral presentations to the Commission for regulatory action. Working Relationships Develops good working relationships with agency staff, management, and stakeholders through active participation in accomplishing group projects and in identifying and resolving problems in a constructive manner. Whats in it for you: Work with a group of dedicated professionals committed to advancing the states energy goals. Directly advance cutting-edge energy policy through research, analysis, and regular interactions with a large network of energy professionals and organizations. Play a crucial role in protecting Oregon ratepayers, while balancing the competing demands of industry and stakeholders. What we are looking for: A Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Public Policy, Engineering, Natural or Environmental Science or a closely related fieldand two yearsof professional-level work experience in economic analysis, energy or renewable program management, finance, or public policy analysis. OR Five years of work experience in economic analysis, energy or renewable program management, finance, or public policy analysis; two of which must be at the professional-level. A Master's degree in Economics, Finance, Public Policy, Engineering, Natural or Environmental Scienceor closely related field will substitute forone yearof the professional-level work experience. A Juris Doctorateor a doctoral degree in Economics, Finance, Natural or Environmental Science, or a closely related fieldwill substitute forone yearof the professional-level work experience. The most competitive candidates will demonstrate the following requested skills and experience: Work experience independently completing analysis supporting electric energy utility planning and regulatory policy. Work experience performing qualitative and quantitative analysis that supports the development of policy for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Work experience contributing to team projects, ideally on topics related to renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Work experience providing technical direction to support customer-facing projects or programs, preferably conducting ongoing stakeholder communications. Work experience or education that supports an understanding of public policies, technologies, and/or markets affecting utility operations and regulation. Preference may be given to candidates with specific expertise in federal energy-policy, State of Oregon energy-policy, and/or the practical delivery of energy-related programs. Work experience managing the integrity of and development of tools for the analysis of large datasets. Work experience should include statistical analysis and monitoring, tracking, and being able to communicate findings to a team, management, and/or executives with recommendations for action. Work experience independently composing professional original written correspondence; synthesize and summarize research and analysis into reports, white papers, etc.; diplomatic and effective verbal and visual communication skills; the ability to present information in a public forum; and effectively engage stakeholders in large meetings that involve diverse stakeholders with conflicting views. How to Apply: To submit a complete application, you must utilize the State of Oregon Workday recruitment system. Utilizing the Workday system: 1) Create a Workday account OR Login to your Workday account; 2) Complete and submit your electronic application; and 3) As an attachment to your Workday application, upload your current resume, and cover letter, each of no more than two pages, addressing the above requested skills. If you are a current employee of the State of Oregon, you MUST apply through your internal State of Oregon employee Workday account and attach the required material. Warning The Workday system will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity. You must submit your application after you begin the process. You cannot save your progress and come back to it later. For more information about applying for positions with the State of Oregon via Workday, you may visit the Oregon job opportunities website at: Veterans: If you are a veteran you may receive preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, a request will be sent to your Workday inbox to submit your veterans DD214 form. Please check your Workday inbox regularly to avoid processing delays. Click here for more information about veterans preference. How to Get Noticed: Help your application rise to the top Showcase your unique skills and experience in your resume and cover letter. Show us how YOU are the best candidate for this position. Candidates whose training and/or experience most closely match the requirements and needs of the position, and who attach all necessary documents may be eligible for an interview. Submissions will be screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (clarity, conciseness, attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.). Additional Information about Employment with PUC: If you are hired, you may be required to provide facts about past employment and present financial interests if they could be connected with the businesses regulated by the PUC. The PUC does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three-days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Securitys I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current opening and may be used to fill other openings as they occur. The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice. The PUC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.

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