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 Energy Policy 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 Energy Policy Analyst vacancy in the agency's Utility Program, Strategic Energy Initiatives Section.
The Senior Energy Policy Analyst provides expert policy and economics-oriented analytical expertise related to the planning of emerging issues concerning regulated utilities and state energy policies. The Analyst will provide analytical expertise on the implementation of distribution system planning, investigating how industry trends, technologies, and policy drivers in electricity sector might affect the existing regulatory system and incentives currently employed by the Commission, and other developing state/federal energy policy issues that intersect with the Commission's regulatory responsibilities. The position will participate in complex energy investigations, conduct workshops, collaborate with stakeholders, write reports and analysis, and make recommendations to senior management and Commissioners on paths forward to meet state statutory and policy requirements.
Major duties include:
Policy Analysis and Development
- Identifies, examines, and evaluates company, Commission, and regional planning issues and proposes appropriate Oregon regulatory policies. Assists the public process for purpose of investigating how industry trends, technologies, and policy drivers in electricity sector might affect the existing regulatory system and incentives currently employed by the Commission.
- Assists in examining increased demand response, distributed energy resources, energy storage initiatives, transportation electrification, and utility regulation in order to develop a comprehensive approach to integrating new technologies and policy drivers into investor-owned utilities planning.
- Assesses costs and benefits of actions by Northwest Power Planning Council, Western Climate Initiative, and other federal, regional and state organizations on electric and natural gas utilities; and recommends adoption, rejection, or alternative actions to Strategic Energy Initiatives Manager, Utility Program Director, or Commission as appropriate.
- Recommends, develops, and implements policies and procedures to carry out agency and legislative goals and objectives. Analyzes all pertinent issues and information to assess the impact of proposed policies and evaluates program needs in order to recommend priorities and allocation of resources to the Section Manager. Coordinates activities and maintains collaborative working relationships with other agencies and industry organizations.
- Prepares legislative reports, background information, and position papers for use by Commissioners in testifying before the Legislature and other bodies. Assesses the impact of proposed legislation with considerable utility policy implications. Evaluate, through study, major legislative proposals. Make recommendations to Section Manager on impacts of Legislation to ensure key components of legislation are clear and actionable by the Commission.
Regulatory Research and Evaluation
- Performs special studies by independently conducting investigations and policy analyses of utility-related issues or proposed courses of action as requested by the Commission, Utility Program Director, and Strategic Energy Initiatives Manager. Recommends appropriate policies based on the investigations/analyses. Examples include investigation of distribution system planning.
- Researches utility and/or energy issues and regulatory policies nationally. Proposes policies and rules to address issues raised by institutional and technological changes in regulated industries (e.g., changes in Federal regulation, national codes and industry standards, changes in national energy policy or increases in competition to provide regulated services). Monitors activity and recommends agency participation and policy in Federal actions and other government proceedings affecting Oregon.
Rulemakings and Workshops
- Work with the Strategic Energy Initiatives Manager, Utility Program Director, and Assistant Attorney General to plan and conduct rulemakings and regulatory proceedings to develop regulatory policy in energy-related topic areas. Lead workshops involving regulated electric utilities, numerous customer groups, and other interested parties.
Expert Testimony and Witness
- Provides expert testimony in Commission dockets and testifies as an expert witness at administrative law proceedings before the Commission.
PUC is looking for successful candidates for this position who possess some or all of the following skills:
- A Juris Doctorate or Graduate Degree in: Economics, Finance, or Public Policy.
- Work experience identifying, examining, and evaluating utility company, Commission, or regional planning issues.
- Work experience developing public policies or related economic policies regarding utility regulation.
- Work experience assessing costs and benefits of actions by Northwest Power Planning Council, Western Climate Initiative, or other federal, regional and state organizations on electric and natural gas utilities.
- Work experience performing special studies by independently conducting examinations and policy analyses of utility-related issues or proposed courses of action as requested by the policy makers or senior corporate personnel.
- Work experience preparing legislative (or other) reports, and background information and position papers for use by policy makers in testifying before the Legislature or other bodies.
- 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.
To view this opening or other current openings at the PUC, visit our website at: www.puc.state.or.us and click on “Jobs at PUC.”
The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.