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.
PUC welcomes all highly qualified candidates to apply for the Senior Renewable Energy Analyst vacancy in the agency's Utility Program, Energy Resources & Planning Division.
The Senior Renewable Energy Analyst will provide analytical expertise on the implementation of Oregon's initiatives related to utility-scale renewable energy, renewable portfolio standard (RPS) implementation, community solar, voluntary green products, distributed energy resources, demand response, and energy efficiency. Additionally, this position will review utility Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) and Requests for Proposals for major resource acquisitions, and will occasionally conduct rulemakings and regulatory proceedings to develop regulatory policy in electricity-related topic areas.
Major duties include:
- Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resource Analysis - Provide internal analysis of legislative proposals that implicate renewable energy resources in electric utility territory. Evaluate implementation of Oregon's solar programs such as Community Solar, Resource Value of Solar, and other solar programs. Submit data requests and conduct discovery to determine whether the solar incentive rates should be updated and any discovery related to solar programs. Review 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.
- 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.
Successful candidates will possess some or all of the following skills:
- Juris Doctorate or 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.
- 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.
- Work experience contributing towards one of 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.
- 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.
- Professional-level work experience developing written comments intended to inform or influence the decision makers of an organization and subsequent experience delivering oral presentations explaining your findings, responding to questions, and defending the analytical or quantitative methods you applied to reach your conclusions.
The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.