Regulatory or Senior Regulatory Analyst - Peninsula Clean Energy

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jan 07, 2019
Full Time Environmental Services Natural Resources Regulatory and Licensing
  • Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Job Description

Description
Are you interested in working for an innovative public agency that is doing something NOW for the environment? Do you possess the technical skills and experience to help support the continued growth of a leading community choice aggregation (CCA) program? If so, please apply for this amazing opportunity to the part of the solution as a Regulatory Analyst or Senior Regulatory Analyst at Peninsula Clean Energy Authority (PCE). Depending on the qualification of the selected individual, this position could be filled at the Senior Analyst level or Analyst level.

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 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 the California Community Choice Association (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 described above. 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 ratemaking and rulemaking proceedings. The Regulatory Analyst is tasked with reviewing and drafting comments and briefs, providing technical and/or analytic input on regulatory matters, preparing data requests, testimony, and hearing exhibits, participating 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.

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.

PENINSULA CLEAN ENERGY
Peninsula Clean Energy 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.
Examples Of Duties
  • 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 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, California Energy Commission, California 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
Education and Experience:
  • 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 four (4) 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 as one (1) year of experience towards the minimum.

Knowledge of:
  • California electric utility regulatory issues and regulatory relations covering topics such as the integrated resource planning, electric vehicle policy, energy storage policy, low-income/disadvantaged communities programs and policies, utility rate design, net energy metering, and demand response programs and policies.
  • CPUC regulatory practice, protocol, and procedures.
  • California legislative history regarding CCAs.
  • Communications portals and web-based resources for regulatory activity.
  • Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat, and PowerPoint.

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.
  • Write skillfully, especially related to regulatory filings, briefings, and related regulatory correspondence.
  • Communicate effectively verbally about 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
Submit application materials to:
hr@peninsulacleanenergy.com

with a subject line: "Regulatory Analyst or Senior Regulatory Analyst: Your Name"

Application Materials must include:
  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • Resume
  • A Writing Sample as described below
  • Complete and thoughtful responses to the supplemental topics identified below

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

RECRUITMENT TIMELINE
Final Date for Submitting Application Materials: Open Until Filled
Application Screening (tentative): January 11, 2019
Initial Interviews (tentative): January 14, 2019
Finalist Interviews (tentative): January 22, 2019

For questions regarding this position and the recruitment, please contact hr@peninsulacleanenergy.com.

This position will be open until filled. Dates for the first round of application screenings and interviews are listed above. Because this position can be filled at any time, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If the position is not filled after the first round of interviews, additional application screenings and interviews will be scheduled.

WRITING SAMPLE INFORMATION
  • Along with your cover letter expressing interest in this position, your resume, and responses to the supplemental topics listed below, please attach 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. Information can be redacted as appropriate.

SUPPLEMENTAL TOPICS
  1. Provide a narrative summary of your qualifications for the position of Regulatory Analyst / Senior Regulator Analyst.
  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 evaluating and analyzing proposed regulatory policies for their impacts on a business or industry.
  3. Describe your experience representing an agency before regulatory agencies and trade associations in such matters as ratemaking proceedings, rulemakings, and proposed rules and regulations.
  4. Describe what you think are the biggest challenges facing CCAs in the present regulatory and business environment within California. Please be specific. As part of your response, describe how you have managed similar challenges in a similar position, and how you have assisted your prior employer in navigating similar challenges.


Peninsula Clean Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please note:The County of San Mateo is assisting PCE with posting this job announcement. This position is a full-time position with Peninsula Clean Energy. It is not a County of San Mateo position.