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Approximate Salary:
104145.60 - 127857.60 Per Year
Palo Alto, California
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree


The City of Palo Alto has provided a full range of utility services (electric, gas, water, and sewer) for over 100 years, and is one of the only publicly-owned gas utilities in the State of California. City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has been on the forefront of sustainability, with 100% carbon neutral electric and gas portfolio goals and an award winning solar program. CPAU is working to address long term business planning challenges related to sustainability and the long-term need to maintain safety, reliability, and reasonable rates.

The Resource Planning Group within the Resource Management Division has a key role in helping CPAU meet these challenges. Resource Planning is a group of eleven analysts responsible for, among other things, implementation of customer programs, including energy efficiency, local distributed generation programs, distributed energy resource planning, electric vehicles and building electrification.

CPAU is seeking a Resource Planner to join a small group of analysts working on integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar PV, electric vehicles, and controllable loads. CPAU is in the process of adopting a Distributed Energy Resources Plan as a first step toward developing programs to facilitate customer adoption of these resources. In addition, CPAU is performing an assessment of the capacity of its distribution system to integrate these DERs. The Resource Management Division and Utilities Engineering Division are expected to work closely on integration of DERs.   


CPAU is seeking a candidate with electric engineering knowledge and/or experience, as well as experience in electric utility policy development and strategic planning, to assist with the integration of DERs, development of customer programs, and leveraging these resources to provide value to the utility and community. Projects may include:

  • Forecasting of DER adoption in Palo Alto
  • The coordination of DER strategy development
  • Analysis to support customer program development and management of pilot programs
  • Coordination with Utilities Engineering of the integration of DERs into the electric distribution system
  • industry research and outreach to outside agencies in support of these activities

The person in this position may occasionally participate in other projects and planning efforts, including electric supply planning and rate design, when needed.

Resource Planner is a classification used throughout the Resource Management Division of the Utilities Department. Resource Planners, under minimal supervision, perform a variety of tasks related to supply resource acquisition, financial forecasting, and customer program development for the City's electric, gas, and water utility. The successful candidate for this position will primarily focus on the duties listed above related to the City's Distributed Resources Plan. 


Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering. This position is assigned to distribution system integration of distributed energy resources and  will require a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical (Power) Engineering or equivalent power engineering knowledge acquired through other means.


  • Six years of increasingly responsible experience in utilities resource planning, acquisition and portfolio management (Engineering degree may substitute for two years of experience).

Note: Master's degree in Engineering or other related field and/or registration as a Professional Engineer may be considered in lieu of one year's experience.

Special Requirements:

  • Valid California driver's license.

This is a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) position. 

MISSION: The Government of the City of Palo Alto exists to promote and sustain a superior quality of life in Palo Alto. In partnership with the community, our goal is to deliver cost-effective services in a personal, responsive and innovative manner.

Application Deadline: Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply promptly: The City of Palo Alto reserves the right to close any recruitment without notice. Positions without a closing date may close at any time. Other recruitments may be limited to a specific number of applicants. Please read job announcements thoroughly for important information.

Selection Process: Application screening will be part of the selection process. Based on application screening, those candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to an oral interview, which may include a written exam and/or practical exam.

Accommodation: Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations may contact the Human Resources Department at 650 329-2376.

Resumes: are welcome as attachments; however they are not accepted in lieu of a complete City application.

The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender, age, national origin or disability.


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