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Peninsula Clean Energy Published: January 31, 2020 (2 months ago)
Location
Redwood City, California
Job Type
Industry
Renewable Energy/Utilities/CCA
Salary
Based on Experience
Salary Type
Per Year

Description

PENINSULA CLEAN ENERGY
Peninsula Clean Energy is a joint powers authority formed by the County of San Mateo and each of its 20 cities to offer greener electricity to its residents and businesses to meet local climate action goals. PCE is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of a representative from the governing body of each member community.

The principal purpose of PCE is to implement a Community Choice Energy program for its member communities. PCE purchases electricity from clean generation sources (such as solar, wind and hydropower) on behalf of customers in its service area. Electricity is still delivered over the existing distribution system, which will continue to be owned and operated by the current electric utility. Implementing PCE’s program helps achieve local community climate actions goals. PCE serves approximately 304,000 accounts as of June 2019.

THE POSITION

The Regulatory Analyst works under the general direction of the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs and has responsibility for a wide range of Peninsula Clean Energy's regulatory matters. The Regulatory Analyst evaluates proposed regulatory policies at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state agencies to assess the impact on PCE, develops PCE positions on issues, and develops analyses, written reports, and presentation materials to support PCE's position. The Regulatory Analyst represents PCE regarding regulatory issues at the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA), the trade association representing community choice energy programs. This position performs related work and other analytic tasks for PCE as required.

The Regulatory Analyst works independently to perform assignments under the general direction described above. Since PCE aims to pursue a leadership role in the energy sector in California, an entrepreneurial, forward thinking approach is a success factor in this role. The incumbent participates as a PCE representative before various regulatory agencies, including the CPUC, in matters affecting community choice aggregators (CCAs) and other electric utilities, including ratemaking and rulemaking proceedings. The Regulatory Analyst is tasked with reviewing and drafting comments and briefs, providing technical and/or analytic input on regulatory matters, preparing data requests, testimony, and hearing exhibits, and participating in administrative hearings.

The position does not supervise any subordinates but will require team leader responsibilities and may have oversight responsibility for external contractors depending on the project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop high-level policy and responses for key regulatory issues affecting PCE, including strategy and prioritization of regulatory action for management consideration
  • Represent PCE in regulatory proceedings through preparation of comments, data requests, written responses, position papers, analytical models, testimony, and exhibits
  • Track, review, analyze, and summarize filings prepared by utilities and other entities that could impact PCE and its customers
  • Track, analyze, and interpret regulatory proposals and other policy issues with an eye toward impact on and response from PCE
  • Under direction of management, work closely with technical experts and external regulatory counsel to develop effective and persuasive communications before the CPUC, California Energy Commission, California Legislature, and any other legal or regulatory body as required
  • Under direction of management, represent PCE in work with other CCAs, at CalCCA and in other stakeholder proceedings, including coalition building and collaboration with stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate would have:

Education and Experience:

  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration, Communications, or a related field, and at least three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in regulatory affairs at an electric utility, energy-related company, non-profit, regulatory agency, or public policy organization with emphasis on electric procurement issues, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy policy generally, or closely related field.
  • Master's in above fields is a plus and will be considered as one (1) year of experience towards the minimum.

Knowledge of:

  • California electric utility regulatory issues covering topics such as the utility rates and rate design, Energy Resource Recovery Account proceedings and accounting, Power Charge Indifference Adjustment proceedings and accounting, general rate case proceedings, electric vehicle policy, energy storage policy, low-income/disadvantaged communities’ programs and policies, and demand response programs and policies
  • General CPUC regulatory practice, protocol, and procedures
  • California Independent System Operator (CAISO) stakeholder initiatives and other processes
  • California Energy Commission (CEC) proceedings, regulations, and funding processes
  • California Air Resources Board (ARB) rulemakings and regulations as they relate to the energy sector
  • Familiarity with CCAs and other competitive providers of energy and programs
  • Communications portals and web-based resources for regulatory activity
  • Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with energy sector modeling platforms such as SERVM, RESOLVE, & PLEXOS

Ability to:

  • Manage multiple priorities and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts within PCE and the greater CCE community
  • Write skillfully, especially related to regulatory filings, briefings, and related regulatory correspondence
  • Communicate effectively verbally about complex topics in easy to understand presentations before the Board, staff and other audiences
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented
  • Work accurately and swiftly under pressure
  • Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy at all times
  • Travel to within the state to attend meetings and other events is required

PHYSICAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS

ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a typical office setting with exposure to computer screens and at public events (fairs, meeting rooms, farmers’ markets, etc.) with moderate noise and will require some evening and weekend work. The noise level in the work environment is usually typical of an office environment and public events.

PHYSICAL: While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit, walk, and stand; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; reach with hands and arms. Employees are occasionally required to walk, and stand for prolonged periods; stoop, bend, kneel and twist; and may lift up to 20 pounds. Employees must be able to communicate in person, in writing, and by telephone with Board members, management, co-workers, vendors, consultants, and with the public in face-to-face, one-on-one, and group settings.

Salary and Benefits
Compensation commensurate with experience. PCE offers a generous benefits package, including

  • Individual, family and domestic partner health insurance
  • Retirement and Employer Matching Contributions
  • Health and dependent care flex spending account
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Paid Vacation
  • Other benefits

Application and Selection Process
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit the items listed below in PDF format to hr@peninsulacleanenergy.com.

Application Materials:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • Resume
  • A Writing Sample as described below
  • Complete and thoughtful responses to the Supplemental Topics identified below

WRITING SAMPLE INFORMATION

  • Along with your cover letter expressing interest in this position, your resume, and responses to the supplemental topics listed below, please attach an example of your professional writing that best demonstrates your qualifications as someone with superior writing skills, especially related to regulatory filings, briefings, legislative correspondence, position papers, analytical models, testimonies, exhibits, etc.  Information can be redacted as appropriate.

SUPPLEMENTAL TOPICS

  1. Provide a narrative summary of your qualifications for the position of Regulatory Analyst
  2. One of the duties of this position will be evaluating proposed regulatory policies at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to assess the impact on Peninsula Clean Energy. Please provide a specific example of your experience evaluating and analyzing proposed regulatory policies for their impacts on a business or industry.
  3. Describe your experience representing an agency before regulatory agencies and trade associations in such matters as ratemaking proceedings, rulemakings, and proposed rules and regulations.
  4. Describe what you think are the biggest challenges facing CCAs in the present regulatory and business environment within California.  Please be specific.  As part of your response, describe how you have managed similar challenges in a similar position, and how you have assisted your prior employer in navigating similar challenges.

Peninsula Clean Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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