The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the State’s voice for millions of Ohio residential utility consumers, seeks an employee with a passion for public service to serve as Federal-State Energy Analyst in the Analytical Department. This position is an opportunity to help consumers, including at-risk and low-income Ohioans, regarding their electric services (with some involvement in natural gas services). Since the legislature created the agency in 1976, we have sought lower utility bills and reliable utility service for residential consumers. At OCC, we put Consumers First.
The position presently allows for hybrid work. On at least two days a week, work is in the Columbus office.
Your advocacy responsibilities for Ohio consumers could include, among other things, research, analysis, policy and technical advice to agency management, technical and persuasive writing, and written and oral presentations for utility consumer advocacy in such forums as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), PJM, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), and the Ohio legislature. Advocacy at PJM could include participating in the processes of PJM on such issues as electricity markets, transmission planning and charges, and resource adequacy. Written and oral presentations could include testimony through direct-examination and cross-examination in legal cases.
A focus of your work would be agency advocacy for wholesale and retail energy markets that are effectively competitive without subsidies, such as for power plant capacity, for bringing Ohio consumers the benefits of lower prices and greater innovation. Additionally, the work would include protecting Ohio consumers through regulation from subsidy charges and other unreasonable charges for electric transmission service. The focus in retail markets would include protection of consumers from deceptive energy marketing and unconscionable prices.
The Federal-State Energy Analyst would be a liaison on behalf of the agency at the Consumer Advocates of the PJM States (CAPS), the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), and PJM, among other organizations.
Applicants must have a minimum of eight years of experience in utility regulation. This experience should include familiarity with federal and state electric policy, electric wholesale and retail markets, transmission regulatory issues, and fundamentals of utility regulation.
Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, economics, or other related degree. A graduate degree is preferred in such study areas. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in oral and written communications, including persuasive writing and making technical issues understandable. A thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (including Excel, Word, and Outlook), online research, and other technology used in consumer advocacy is expected.
Salary is negotiable within state government standards, commensurate with education and experience.
Please apply for this position using the Ohio Hiring Management System (OHMS): Federal-State Energy Analyst Posting. Please include your resume, cover letter and salary requirements with your application. Applications will only be accepted via OHMS.