Are you interested in energy transmission and regional reliability, energy distribution system planning and resources, electric vehicle charging, energy imbalance markets, and transmission access to renewable generation? Do you enjoy evaluating issues related to energy efficiency, energy storage, a sustainable energy future, and other energy related topics? PUC is the place where all these exciting topics are lived and worked every day! PUC has an opportunity for a rewarding career with the potential to make a difference in the lives of millions of Oregonians! The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) welcomes all highly qualified candidates to apply for this full-time Transmission, Distribution Systems Planning Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3) vacancy in the agency's Utility Program, Energy Resources & Planning Division. This position will be working on exciting issues related to electric distribution system planning, transmission and regional reliability, electric power wholesale markets, and Integrated Resource Planning.
Major duties include:
- Distributions Systems Planning - Monitor, analyze, research, evaluate, and as needed, develop, and propose policies associated with distribution system planning including infrastructure investments for grid modernization that advance system control and visibility with increasing penetration of distributed energy resources (distributed generation, electric vehicle charging, micro-grids, demand response, energy efficiency, energy storage, etc.) considering cost effectiveness, system stability, and system reliability.
- Transmission and Reliability - Monitor, analyze, research, evaluate, and, as needed, develop, and propose policies associated with electric power wholesale market issues focusing on high-voltage transmission including, but not limited to: utility-owned transmission systems; regional transmission organizations; energy imbalance markets; utility participation in independent system operator organizations; and facilitating transmission access to renewable generation. Evaluate the cost and benefits of electric transmission as a utility system resource along with other resources in a utility's Integrated Resource Plan.
- Integrated Resource Planning - Provides technical analysis of modeling results, examination and evaluation of testimony, comments and exhibits of energy companies applying for transmission investment decisions, wholesale market participation, and other issues related to transmission, resource acquisition and regional reliability.
- Regulatory Research and Policy Development - Gives advice to policy makers concerning transmission infrastructure, regional reliability issues, federal issues (FERC, BPA, other), which is relied on in policy decisions that affect important aspects of utility regulation and state energy policy.
- Rulemakings and Workshops – Develop and write proposed administrative rules and proposed Commission guidelines; lead workshops involving regulated electric utilities, customer groups, and other interested parties; and conduct research and studies to recommend cost-effective policy positions.
- Expert Testimony - Provides expert testimony in utility rate cases typically on utility transmission plant and distribution systems planning issues, and testifies as an expert witness at administrative law proceedings before the PUC Commissioners by reviewing and analyzing testimony, exhibits and work papers filed by utilities with their rate applications.
A Bachelor's degree in Economics, Engineering, Finance, Public Policy, or a closely related field AND four years of professional-level experience with electric transmission and distribution systems or closely related energy experience.
Seven years of work experience with electric transmission and distribution systems or closely related energy experience; four of which must have been at the professional-level.
A Master's degree in Economics, Engineering, Finance, Public Policy, or a closely related field may substitute for up to one year of the professional-level work experience.
A Juris Doctorate or Doctorate degree in Economics, Engineering, Finance, Public Policy, or a closely related field will substitute for two years of the professional-level work experience.
HOW TO APPLY:
To learn more about this exciting career opportunity or to apply to this position, click on the following link: Transmission and Distribution Systems Planning Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3): PUC17-0010
Visit our website at www.puc.state.or.us
The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.