Senior Energy Policy Analyst - Utility and Energy Analyst 3
Oregon Public Utility Commission
Location: Salem, Oregon
Type: Full Time
Salary: 5,932.00 - 9,143.00 a month
Internal Number: REQ-122323
Join the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) for an opportunity to make a difference implementing Oregon’s national leading decarbonization policies. The PUC is at the forefront of the state’s efforts to transform our energy systems while balancing the need for safe, reliable, and affordable utility services.
The agency is seeking to fill a full-time Utility and Energy Analyst 3, Senior Energy Policy Analyst position in the Energy Resources and Planning Division. As a Senior Energy Policy Analyst, you will play a key role in regulations and programs affecting utility and energy development across the state and in the region by:
Using your analytical skills to assist other leads or lead the PUC review of utility integrated resource plans (IRPs) and procurement processes (RFPs) and other utility planning activities related to HB 2021, Oregon’s national leading electric utility decarbonization policy that seeks to reduce GHG emissions 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2040
Ensuring gas utility planning and resource acquisitions are cost effective and adequately responsive to the State’s Climate Protection Program, which has annual targets and seeks to reduce GHG emissions from gas utilities 45% by 2030; and
Conducting analysis of regional energy markets, resource adequacy, renewable energy and distributed energy resource pilots, programs and other activities.
In this role, you will use your analytical, communication, and collaboration skills to develop recommendations on emerging energy issues affecting Oregonians and Oregon businesses. You will provide recommendations on a range of issues, such as competition in energy supply, decarbonization, and the alignment of utility activities with the public interest.
A career with the PUC provides a rewarding employment opportunity that harnesses and expands your education, skills, and talents in energy policy, and places you at the forefront of Oregon’s transition to a more sustainable energy system. Apply now to positively shape Oregon energy policy and impact the public good, all while collaborating with a team of dedicated professionals in a collegial work environment!
Please Note: New employees to PUC who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members (those meeting contribution/eligibility service-time requirements at time of hire) are paid within the PERS-AP salary range as follows (reflecting a 6.95% compensation increase for active PERS members):
Utility and Energy Analyst 3 PERS-AP Salary Range: $6,345 - $9,780 monthly
New employees to PUC who are not yet a PERS participating member, will receive the 6.95% compensation increase (6% employee contribution) upon meeting eligibility for PERS participation (generally, after completion of six-months of qualifying State of Oregon employment).
Celebrating more than 150 years of history, the work of the PUC impacts nearly every household throughout the state. The agency’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest to arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, and independent decisions supported by fact and law. The PUC is responsible for just and reasonable pricing by the Oregon's investor-owned electric, natural gas, and telephone utilities, as well as select water companies via economic regulation.
This is done through robust analysis and independent decision-making conducted in an open and fair quasi-judicial hearings process.
Our office is located in downtown Salem, in close proximity to the State Capitol, and we maintain a Portland satellite office.
Hybrid-Remote work promotes the health and safety of Oregonians, decreases the agency’s impact on the environment and supports flexibility and work-life balance for PUC staff.
The duties of this position may be performed remotely, at our central office in Salem, and at the PUC’s Portland satellite office. The ability to report to Salem and Portland is required when business or operational needs are necessary for onsite activities. Hybrid-Remote work may be provided to PUC staff in accordance with the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), “Working Remotely” statewide HR policy. Currently, employees may request approval for hybrid-remote work (generally from the employee’s personal residence). Requests are evaluated based on the agency’s business needs.
The PUC has stable funding through an assessment levied on the regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utilities. We pride ourselves in being a great place to work, learn, and grow professionally. As a State of Oregon agency, we offer:
Benefit plans that pay up to 99 percent of the premium for health-related coverage of employees and dependents.
Membership in the Public Employee Retirement System retirement plan.
Eleven (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.
More information about the Oregon Public Utility Commission can be found online at: www.oregon.gov/PUC
What You Will Do as Senior Energy Policy Analyst:
As a Senior Energy Policy Analyst, you will lead and collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams to inform PUC Commissioners, agency leadership, and other organizations through financial, econometric analysis, energy market analysis, and well-crafted written and oral presentations and recommendations. Serving as a subject matter expert on diverse regulatory issues and perform analysis related to utility plans primarily focused on:
Review and analysis of planning and financial models that consider varying forecasts of the future to optimize resource operation, acquisition, and risks faced by utility customers under various supply and demand side portfolios of energy resources;
Development and defense of technical analysis on a host of issues related to planning and resource acquisitions for which the utility incurs different costs to serve;
Review of forecasts and development of alternative forecasts of utility costs and risks faced by utility customers under various portfolios of energy resources (e.g., wind, solar, geothermal, etc.);
Analysis of present and past issues and party positions in complex regulatory and policy cases and developing a deep and comprehensive understanding of future energy choices;
Leading engagement processes that broaden stakeholder participation, inclusion, and diversity in key policy development efforts; and
Communicating findings and recommendations through clear, concise, and well written comments, memos, and whitepapers; present and defend recommendations before various audiences including the PUC’s Commissioners
How to Apply:
To submit a complete application, you must use the State of Oregon “Workday” recruitment system. Using the Workday system:
1) Create a Workday account OR Login to your Workday account;
2) Complete and submit your electronic application; and
3) As an attachment to your Workday application and upload your current resume.
**If you are a current employee of the State of Oregon, you MUST apply through your internal State of Oregon employee Workday account and attach the required material.**
Take Note! The Workday system will timeout after 15 minutes of inactivity. You must submit your application after you begin the process. You cannot save your progress and come back to it later.
For more information about applying for positions with the State of Oregon via Workday, you may visit the Oregon job opportunities website at: www.oregon.gov/jobs
If you need an accommodation to participate in the application process, contact PUC Human Resources at 503-510-9416.
Eligible Veterans who meet the qualifications will be given Veterans' preference. For further information, please see the following website: Veterans Resources, or call Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666.
NOTE: If claiming Veterans’ preference please be sure to check your Workday account for pending tasks or actions under your “My Applications” section.
How to Get Noticed:
Help your application rise to the top! Showcase your unique skills and experience in your resume and cover letter. Show us how YOU are the best candidate for this position.
Candidates whose training and/or experience most closely match the requirements and needs of the position, and who attach all necessary documents may be eligible for an interview. Submissions will be screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (clarity, conciseness, attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.).
Additional Information about Employment with PUC:
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.
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.
The salary listed is the non-Oregon Public Employment Retirement System (PERS) qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect the additional 6.95%.
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.
The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice.
Remote work information – Demonstrate suitability for remote work including access to a broadband internet connection that meets or exceeds the minimum acceptable requirements.
The PUC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.
What we are looking for:
A skilled professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Finance, Economics or a closely related field, and four years of professional-level experience in Public Policy, Finance, or Economics;
Seven years of work experience in Public Policy, Finance, Economics or a closely related field, and four years of professional-level experience in Public Policy, Finance, or Economics; four of which must have been at a professional level.
A Master's degree in Public Policy, Finance, Economics or a closely-related field, will substitute for one year of the professional-level work experience.
A Juris Doctorate or a Doctoral degree in Public Policy, Finance, Economics, or a closely-related field, will substitute for two years of the professional-level work experience.
The most competitive candidates will demonstrate all, or a combination of, the following requested skills:
A Juris Doctorate or graduate-level degree in Finance, Economics, or Public Policy;
Work experience utilizing analytical skills to conduct complex economic, financial, statistical, or mathematical analysis;
Work experience that demonstrates the ability to conduct independent research on complex policy or technical topic areas and quickly comprehend the concept(s);
Work experience or education that demonstrates an ability to learn and quickly come up to speed on complex matters related to energy utility regulation, in areas such as electric and/or gas utility planning and procurement operations, carbon markets, or resource valuation methodologies;
Work experience that demonstrates the ability to independently compose clear, concise written recommendations based on quantitative and/or qualitative analysis;
Work experience that demonstrates the ability to provide clear and persuasive presentations to decision makers;
Work experience that demonstrates the ability to coordinate or lead multiple projects and priorities at the same time;
Work experience creating and performing complex analysis using sophisticated Microsoft Excel spreadsheets; and
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Teams) and Adobe products.