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Policy Studies Advisor

Position Location:  Eagan, MN; Carmel, IN; or Metairie, LA

MISO OVERVIEW

MISO is an essential link in the safe, cost-effective delivery of electric power across all or parts of 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. As a Regional Transmission Organization, MISO assures consumers of unbiased regional grid management and open access to the transmission facilities under MISO’s functional supervision.

We manage one of the world’s largest energy markets, clearing billions in gross market charges annually. We use a five-minute commitment process that provides market liquidity and transparent pricing while also minimizing congestion and maximizing efficient energy transmission.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEypBUCg7W0

POSITION OVERVIEW

Responsibilities include analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on emerging technologies and their implications on the performance of MISO’s existing system planning and market functions.  Secondary responsibilities include supporting Policy Studies work analyzing system resiliency and the integration of demand response, energy efficiency and distributed energy resources (DR/EE/DER) into the planning and market process. The overarching goal of this position is to improve and strengthen MISO’s understanding of emerging technologies on the need, type and timing of AC and DC transmission development.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Quantitative and economic analysis, policy and regulatory research and support, and technical analysis focused on DER’s such as solar PV, energy storage, wind, load diversity and energy efficiency/demand response in the context of distribution system analysis.
  • Lead, coach and share best practices with other MISO colleagues.
  • Develop reports and presentations and facilitate discussion of technical issues and solutions with business areas, MISO executive management, and key stakeholders to meet business needs.
  • Work with team members to support Policy Studies evaluations of emerging issues and market design enhancements and implications to meet business requirements.
  • Support market and reliability enhancement initiatives led by other internal groups through investigation of potential impacts on system and planning outcomes.
  • Incorporate statistical, econometric and other quantitative analyses into MISO’s system planning and market evaluations to ensure quality of data.
  • Examine complex data sets from multiple sources crossing departmental boundaries in which results are not predictable.
  • Provide input to the departmental budget and plans for future projects.
  • Establish yourself as a thought leader through external publications and presentations that showcase MISO’s technical leadership.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in a technical/quantitative discipline such as Engineering, Economics, Management Science, or Applied Mathematics is required.
  • At least twelve (12) years of related experience with proven analytical and problem solving skills are required.
  • Familiarity with competitive electricity market analyses and regulation, determination of price structures and market development.
  • Demonstrable experience of opportunity spotting through research / analysis.
  • Track record working on DER technologies and DER integration issues.
  • Experience using power system analysis tools and methods.
  • Experience using economic or financial analysis tools and methods.
  • Prior consulting and FERC experience preferred.
  • Travel required; up to 25%. May require out of state travel via airplane with overnight stays.

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