Post Date: 02/21/2019
Close Date: 03/21/2019
The electric and natural gas industries are currently undergoing profound, if not revolutionary, changes. Technology innovation, changes in market structures, and new environmental directives are having a large impact on these industry sectors. There is a significant need to assess policy options and to understand how those policy options impact the regulation that is the focus of the Utility Program at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC). As Senior Renewable Energy Analyst at the PUC you will have the potential to make a difference in the lives of millions of Oregonians. An exciting and rewarding employment opportunity with the hottest topics in the energy sector awaits you.
What you will do!
The Senior Renewable Energy Analyst will provide analytical expertise on the implementation of Oregon's initiatives related to the launch and oversight of the Community Solar Program, establishment of the Resource Value of Solar (RVOS), utility-scale renewable energy, renewable portfolio standard (RPS) implementation, the adoption of distributed energy resources (DER), such as energy storage, to enable more clean energy investments at the local and regional level. Additionally, this position will review, evaluate and comment upon utility Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs), pilots and programs, and Requests for Proposals for major resource acquisitions. The position will occasionally conduct rulemakings, facilitate stakeholder workshops, and lead regulatory proceedings to develop regulatory policy in renewable and DER-related topic areas. Major duties include:
•Renewable Energy and Analysis and Program Management - Provide internal and external analysis of renewable energy and DER activities, pilots and programs in electric utility territory. Conduct evaluation of and contribute towards the management of Oregon's Community Solar Program, the adoption and oversight of RVOS, and generally support the adoption of cost-effective DER; such as energy storage and demand response partially through use of industry standard program evaluation tools. Duties include: submitting data requests; conducting discovery; preparing analysis; researching and suggesting evaluation methods; and implementation parameters to ongoing program pilots. Reviews matters related to electric utility power costs, electric utility net-metering programs, electric utility avoided cost prices for Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) qualifying facilities, and electric utility annual Smart Grid reports as part of Distribution System Planning.
•Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) – Review electric utility IRPs filed with the Commission. Evaluate the company's proposed resource actions and develops written comments regarding the alignment of the IRP and IRP Action Plan with the Commission's IRP guidelines, orders, administrative rules and Oregon statutes. Recommend acknowledgment of the IRP Action Plan, or corrections and modifications that need to take place prior to Commission acknowledgement of the IRP. Make oral presentations to the Commission and stakeholders that summarize the staff analysis and recommendations.
•Requests for Proposals – Review electric utility Request for Proposals (RFPs) for energy and capacity related resource additions. Evaluate the company's proposed RFP and develop written comments to ensure that the bidding process is designed to treat all bidders fairly and is aligned with the company's last acknowledged IRP. Recommend acknowledgement of the RFP shortlist, or corrections and modifications that need to take place prior to Commission acknowledgement of the RFP shortlist.
•Rulemakings and Workshops – Develop and write proposed administrative rules and proposed Commission guidelines; lead workshops involving regulated electric utilities, customer groups, and other interested parties; and conduct research and studies to recommend cost-effective policy positions.
•Expert Testimony and Witness - Provides expert testimony in utility rate cases and testifies as an expert witness at administrative law proceedings before the PUC Commissioners by reviewing and analyzing testimony, exhibits and work papers filed by utilities with their rate applications. Maintains expert witness credentials by attending seminars and lectures and reviewing technical economic and regulatory publications.
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 ARE WE LOOKING FOR:
•Juris Doctorate or a post-graduate degree in Economics, Finance, or Public Policy.
•Work experience designing and implementing comprehensive strategic policy related to renewable energy, distributed energy resources, demand response programs, or energy efficiency.
•Strong analytical capabilities to support designing, evaluating, monitoring and/or managing distributed energy, energy-efficiency, emission reduction, and/or renewable energy pilots and/or programs.
•Work experience developing public policies or related quantitative analysis related to renewables (hydro, wind, solar, biomass, etc.), distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, demand response, or energy efficiency programs.
•Understanding and work experience contributing towards the following: Integrated Resource Planning; evaluation or development of energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage, electric vehicle or demand response programs; evaluation of PURPA avoided costs; Energy Imbalance Markets; or Cap and Trade Markets.
•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 and communication skills (verbal and written).
HOW TO APPLY:
1) Copy and paste link to job post: http://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/2348857/senior-renewable-energy-analyst-utility-and-energy-analyst-3?keywords=PUC&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs, to locate the online application.
2) Complete the application online and answer all supplemental questions.
3) Attach your resume to the online application.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT EMPLOYMENT WITH THE OREGON PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION:
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.