Post Date: 02/21/2019
Close Date: 03/22/2019
Are you in search of a rewarding career in energy policy, resources, and planning with the potential to make a difference in the lives of millions of Oregonians? The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is looking for individuals excited to work on important energy policy topics that arise from legislative and executive initiatives and who want to get involved with Oregon's clean and renewable energy such as wind and solar.
What you will do!
This position conducts quantitative analysis and develops recommendations for Commission action primarily focused in the areas of: analysis regarding public utility system costs and rates related to renewable programs; demand-side and supply-side resource planning and acquisition matters; and utility programs and tariffs for energy efficiency and other clean technology programs. These technical analysis will include using statistical, financial, econometric models. This position will serve as a junior member of interdisciplinary staff teams led by PUC management or senior utility analysts. Major duties include:
•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.
•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.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
The PUC offices are located in downtown Salem, in close proximity to the State Capitol, and we maintain a Portland satellite office. PUC prides itself in being a great place to have a career. As a mid-size State of Oregon agency, we provide opportunity for employees to get to know each other in a comfortable and friendly environment. We offer benefit plans that pay up to 99% of the health care premiums for coverage of employees and dependents, membership in the Public Employee Retirement System; 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. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
•Post-graduate degree in Law, Economics, Finance, or Public Policy.
•Work experience analyzing or implementing activities related to policy for renewable energy, distributed energy resources, demand response programs, carbon policy or energy efficiency either as an individual or, preferably, as part of a team.
•Work experience developing models or quantitative analysis related to energy policy for renewables (hydro, wind, solar, biomass, etc.), distributed energy resources, carbon policy, electric vehicles, demand response, or energy efficiency programs either as an individual or, preferably, as part of a team.
•Understanding and work experience contributing as part of a team towards the following: Integrated Resource Planning; evaluation or development of energy efficiency, storage, electric vehicle or demand response programs; evaluation of PURPA avoided costs; Energy Imbalance Markets; or Cap and Trade Markets.
•Work experience managing the integrity of and developing of tools for the analysis of large datasets. Experience should include statistical analysis and monitoring, tracking and reporting trends to a team or executives with recommendations for action.
•Professional-level work experience with an electric or natural gas utility, a state public utility commission, a utility consumer advocate organization, a department of energy, or other closely related employer in an energy field.
•Excellent interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written).
Visit the PUC jobs page at: https://www.puc.state.or.us/Pages/jobs/index.aspx, for more information and how to apply.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT EMPLOYMENT WITH PUC:
The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice.
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.
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.
Grammar, clarity, conciseness, and professionalism of application materials will be considered as part of the evaluation process.
The PUC does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three-days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.
If you have questions about the recruitment or need an alternate format to apply, please call PUC Human Resources at (503) 378-6265 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Please be prepared to describe the alternate format needed.
The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.
Complete details: https://www.puc.state.or.us/Pages/jobs/index.aspx