For Colorado residents: Public Utilities Commission: Analyst VI
Location: Denver, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree
Salary: $7,368.00 - $9,250.00 Monthly
Description of Job
DORA’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) serves the public interest by effectively regulating utilities and facilities so that the people of Colorado receive safe, reliable and reasonably-priced services consistent with the economic, environmental and social values of our state.
The work unit generally exists to provide professional analysis, technical and policy testimony, and/or advice and recommendations on engineering, economic, financial, and operational matters. The unit functions as a team to challenge, develop, present and recommend complex engineering, financial and legal approaches in utility regulation. The team functions both in formal legal proceedings and informal negotiations and contacts with regulated companies. In performing these functions, the work unit must balance the need for financially healthy utilities with the needs of the consumers to receive safe, reliable utility service at reasonable rates. An increasingly important function of the work unit is to assist in the evolution of new regulatory structures in the face of the new business environment brought about by: increased focus on consumer protection; emerging technologies and increasing competition in many areas of utility operations; changing environmental regulations and goals; and related costs of traditional utility services.
Position: SGA 5151
The purpose of this position is to review, investigate, prepare advisory memorandum for uncontested proceedings; and review, investigate, issue audit and discovery, prepare written testimony, and defend staff recommendations in hearing in formal litigated proceedings. This position focuses primarily on proceedings where electric transmission or distribution activities are at issue. The proceedings may include electric power distribution plan proceedings, municipalization applications, requests for certificates of public convenience and necessity, and electric/integrated resource plans.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Reviewing and preparing complex spreadsheet analyses; reviewing electric distribution plans analyses and models; reviewing electric generation plans, generation planning models and analyses, and review of generation dispatch models and analyses;
Preparing written and/or oral recommendations concerning advice letters, applications, and other filings;
Drafting orders for the Commissioners that are accurate, unbiased, complete, and representative of the Commissioners’ findings and decisions;
Developing recommendations for consideration by the Commission regarding utility capital investments, adoption of new technologies, methodologies for analyses, and accommodation of customer needs (i.e., rooftop solar, customer-sited energy storage or battery systems, electric vehicle charging, etc.);
Drafting rules that are comprehensive, concise and understandable for consideration by the Commission and other interested parties;
Determining which audit should be propounded and whether any inspections should be completed in order to adequately analyze utility proposals for electric distribution facilities;
Participating as Commission trial staff in contested proceedings associated with electric distribution planning, certificates of public convenience and necessity proceedings, and electric generation resource plan proceedings, and cost recovery proceedings where electric distribution or generation expense recovery is at issue;
Participating as a member of cross-organizational task forces assigned specific responsibilities to investigate and report on federal and state legislation, alternative regulatory treatment in other jurisdictions, and new and emerging electric generation and distribution technologies, with a goal of increasing Commission and staff knowledge;
Conducting inspections and monitoring activities, including, but not limited to, a review of utility methods, practices and procedures; collecting and analyzing data samples; completing necessary reports and documentation; and communicating findings to utilities, the Commission and other parties as appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (MQs):
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, or in a field of study closely related to the work assignment; and
Five (5) years of progressively responsible, professional* experience in the utility industry performing analytic work.
Document this experience in your application IN DETAIL, as your experience will not be inferred or assumed. Part-time experience will be prorated.
A combination of professional* work experience as described above, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis;
A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to the work assignment may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
*Professional work involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment and personal accountability and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is: uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.
Degree in electrical or power engineering;
Advanced degree in engineering, applied physics, economics, public policy, statistics or applied mathematics;
Electric distribution engineering experience;
Electrical utility industry experience;
Public Policy Experience;
Experience working on energy policy;
Experience explaining and breaking down complex, technical engineering concepts into layman's terms.
Required Competencies:The following knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics are required competencies and may be considered during the selection process (including examination and/or interview):
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills (which includes being cognizant that not all recipients of such communications are professional engineers);
Demonstrated ability to conduct research and gather pertinent information;
Attention to detail;
Comfortable demonstrating expertise in front of authorities;
Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team;
Strong judgment and confidence in decision-making skills;
Creativity and flexibility, with an ability to adapt to new changes;
Strategic thinking, including the ability to identify emerging issues, anticipate trends, and provide recommendations on strategies to minimize risk impacts;
Time management, including the ability to manage numerous, competing priorities;
Ability to read and analyze laws, rules, regulations and policies and interpret them in order to explain them to various stakeholders;
Flexibility and adaptability with regard to change management, including the ability to adhere to changes in work processes, adapt to changing priorities, and maintain a willingness to comply with and support organizational change(s);
Demonstrated ability to understand and abide by workplace principles, practices and behaviors as internally identified and defined by the division;
Ability to represent the department and the PUC in a positive, professional and objective manner, and support a positive workplace environment;
Ability to handle sensitive and/or highly confidential information in a professional and ethical manner, and in accordance with state and federal laws;
Proficiency in the use of various PC software applications, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), Google Docs, etc., as well as in the use of databases.