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Peninsula Clean Energy Published: May 20, 2018 (3 months ago)
Location
Redwood City, CA
Job Type
Category
Industry
Renewable Energy
Salary
$115,000 – $135,000
Salary Type
Per Year

Description

The Position

Are you interested in working for a cutting-edge start-up public agency that is doing something NOW for the environment?  Do you possess the technical skills and experience to help launch a community choice energy program?  If so, please apply for this amazing opportunity to the part of the solution – Regulatory Analyst.

The Regulatory Analyst works under the general direction of the CEO, the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, and the PCE’s General Counsel and has responsibility for a wide range of Peninsula Clean Energy’s (PCE) 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 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 of the CEO, the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs and the General Counsel. 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 in rate-making and rulemaking proceedings. The Regulatory/Legislative Analyst is tasked with reviewing and drafting comments and briefs; providing technical and/or analytic input on regulatory matters; preparation of data requests, testimony, and hearing exhibits, participation in administrative hearings; and researching and preparing legislative policy responses at the State and local levels.

This position may have future supervisory responsibilities and may have oversight responsibility for external contractors depending on the project.

 

Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is the new community choice energy program for San Mateo County.  PCE is the electricity provider for all electricity accounts in the 20 communities in San Mateo County (Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, and Woodside) as well as the unincorporated county.  The city councils of each city were all unanimous in their support of joining PCE.

PCE’s customer base includes almost 300,000 accounts, serving a population of 765,000, with a total electrical load of almost 4 million megawatt-hours.  Residential customers make up about 270,000 of the accounts, and 37% of the electrical load, with commercial/industrial making up about 30,000 accounts and 63% of the electrical load.  PCE became the fifth operating CCE when it launched in October 2016, and is one of the largest of the existing CCEs. Other nearby CCEs are operating or will soon be operating in most counties around the San Francisco Bay.

 

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 the 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, CA Energy Commission, CA Legislature and any other legal or regulatory body as required.
  • Under direction of management, represent PCE in work with other CCAs and at CalCCA.

 

Qualifications:

Experience/Education

  • 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 a minimum of 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 2 years of experience towards the minimum.

 

Knowledge of:

  • California electric utility regulatory issues such as the integrated resource planning, electric vehicle policy, energy storage policy, and low-income/disadvantaged communities programs and policies
  • California utility rate design, net energy metering, demand response solutions and regulatory relations
  • CPUC regulatory practices, protocols, and procedures
  • California legislative history regarding CCAs
  • California legislative process and protocols
  • Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat, and PowerPoint
  • Communications portals and web-based resources for regulatory and legislative activity
  • Depending upon the assignment, principles and practices in the areas of net energy metering, energy resources and procurement, energy efficiency or other to be determined areas

 

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
  • Superior writing skills, especially related to regulatory filings, briefings, legislation, and related regulatory and legislative correspondence
  • Orally communicate 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

 

Working Conditions:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position. Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities. The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds. PCE will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability upon request.

 

Application/Examination:

To apply for this exciting opportunity please submit the application materials listed below to: HR@peninsulacleanenergy.com

Application Materials:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • Resume
  • A Writing Sample as described below
  • Complete and responsive responses to the following supplemental topics:
  1. Provide a summary of your qualifications for the position of Regulatory and Legislative Analyst, and, if applicable your experience helping launch a new business.
  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 with evaluating and analyzing proposed regulatory policies.
  3. Describe your experience representing your employer/client before regulatory agencies and trade associations in such matters as ratemaking proceedings, rulemakings, and proposed rules and regulations.
  4. If you were offered the position of Regulatory Analyst for Peninsula Clean Energy describe what you think will be the biggest challenge you will face. In addition, describe what you see as the biggest challenges facing community choice aggregators (CCAs) in general, and Peninsula Clean Energy specifically. Describe how you have managed similar challenges in a similar position, and how you have assisted your employer/client in navigating similar challenges.

    Writing Sample: 
    Please include 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.

 

RECRUITMENT TIMELINE
Deadline for Applications: Open until filled, with initial applications reviewed on January 17, 2018
Application Screening: May 30, 2018
Panel Interviews (Tentative): June 8, 2018
Finalist Interviews (Tentative): June 19-21, 2018

If a candidate is not chosen from the first round of application screenings and interviews, additional screening and interviews dates will be scheduled. We encourage to apply as soon as possible to be considered for this important career opportunity.

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