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City of Palo Alto, California
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5+ years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Senior Resource Planner



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 portfolios 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 Position

The Resource Management Division (RMD) of CPAU has a key role in helping CPAU meet these challenges. The Division is responsible for an approximately $120 million per year budget for electricity, gas, and water supply purchases and customer efficiency and sustainability programs. The Division consists of the Utility Program Services group, which runs programs to help customers use energy more efficiently and reduce their carbon footprint, and the Resource Planning group. This position will be located in the Resource Planning group, which is a group of analysts responsible for, among other things, managing CPAU's electricity, natural gas, and water supply and delivery portfolios, developing customer retail rates, utility financial planning, and collaborating with Utility Program Services to develop and implement innovative customer programs.
CPAU is seeking a Senior Resource Planner or Resource Planner to join the Resource Planning group. We will be considering applications at either level as we may have multiple positions available.  Work assigned will depend in part on the skills and interests of the successful candidate, but will likely include electric or gas supply resource planning and contract management, retail rate making, or analytical work in support of customer programs.
Candidates at the Senior Resource Planner level may manage junior staff and are expected to be able to independently manage one or more of the functions within Resource Planning, such as high dollar / complex supply contracts, energy portfolio strategy, customer program portfolio strategy, or utility rate design and financial management. Resource Planners are expert individual contributors tasked with sophisticated analysis in support of Resource Planning functions. 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.

Each Resource Management Division staff member has the opportunity to work on a cross section of projects based on organizational needs and staff member skills and interest. Initial projects contemplated for the person hired into this position, depending on skills and experience, may include:

  • Natural gas portfolio planning, operations, and related regulatory advocacy
  • Analytical support for Electric Integrated Resources Plan implementation and other electric supply analysis
  • Electric supply contract management, including negotiations with counterparties
  • Rate design, sales analysis, and financial forecasting support
  • Coordination with Utilities Engineering to integrate electric vehicles, solar, and similar technologies into the electric distribution system
  • Analytical support for transportation and building electrification efforts
  • Analysis to support customer program development and implementation
  • Industry research and outreach to outside agencies in support of these activities
  •  The person in this position may also participate in other projects and planning efforts when needed.

This is a full-time position, but applicants seeking part-time positions will be considered if there is alignment between the candidate's requirements and the department's needs. Please provide details in your application.
Ideal Candidate

CPAU is seeking a candidate with excellent analytical and program management skills. Experience in any of the following areas would be highly preferred:

  • Electric supply resource planning, operations, and contract management.
  • Natural gas supply resource planning and operations
  • Distribution system integration of electric vehicles, solar, and similar technologies, ideally with some electrical engineering background
  • Rate design and development and utility financial forecasting, load forecasting, and financial analysis
  • Customer program development and implementation, particularly experience related to distributed energy resources such as photovoltaics, electric vehicles, energy storage, micro-grids, and building de-carbonization technologies is highly preferred.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following for the Senior Resource Planner level:
  1. Management of utility supply resource portfolios by performing resource planning, acquisitions, management, and contract administration activities, including structuring and origination of energy products and deal
  2. Manages rate and cost of service studies; formulates recommendations for customer retention and competitiveness through rates and other utility activities.
  3. Facilitates strategic planning processes (such as strategic planning for efficiency, EVs, building electrification, and other demand-side programs) through data acquisition, analysis, decision process facilitation, report preparation, and critical activity analysis and tracking.
  4. Represents the department and/or the City to the public, to other agencies, and to regional and sub-regional committees, including conducting public meetings, making presentations, and responding to requests for information.
  5. May supervise technical, clerical, and lead staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following for the Resource Planner level:
  1. Evaluates the Utilities' supply and demand-side resource portfolio and recommends adjustments to match the City's (and/or customer's) risk and return preferences. Assists in the negotiation and writing of contracts for the purchase and/or sales of electric, gas or water resources with suppliers or buyers as appropriate.
  2. Evaluates the cost and benefits of demand-side resources including efficiency measures, demand response programs, electric vehicle programs, and customer-sited generation and storage.
  3. Assists in maintaining liaison with regional resource planning or supply agencies; serves on agency committees as required; evaluates proposals by other agencies in terms of resource costs, availability and consistency with long-term City financial projections and resource needs, and recommends appropriate courses of action.
  4. Assists in rate and cost of service studies as required and formulates recommendations for utilities rates.
  5. When assigned to distribution system integration of distributed energy resources, assist with distribution system planning and coordinates with Utilities Electric Engineering to integrate distributed energy resources into the electric distribution system.


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

For the Senior Resource Planner

Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Economics, Business Administration, or a related field and seven years of progressively responsible related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Master's degree preferred.

Licensing Requirements:
  • Valid California Driver's License.

For the Resource Planner

Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Economics, Mathematics or other related field (Electrical Engineering preferred); Or Bachelor's Degree in Electrical (Power) Engineering or equivalent power engineering knowledge acquired through other means when assigned to distribution system integration of distributed energy resources.  And 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.


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