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Salary: $5,561.00 - $6,759.00
Posted: 01/23/2013

Job Description:
Classification: Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst IV – Division of Ratepayer Advocates, Electricity Planning and Policy Branch, Infrastructure Section Job Opportunity Bulletin Number: J461513013 Salary: $5,561 - $6,759 per month Final Filing Date: February 5, 2013 Location: California Public Utilities Commission Division of Ratepayer Advocates Electricity Planning and Policy Branch Infrastructure Section 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 How to Apply: Interested candidates must submit an ONLINE JOB APPLICATION along with a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). If you need assistance completing the application, you may ask the Human Resources staff, or e-mail or call (855) 663-0222. Questions concerning this position should be directed to Joseph Abhulimen at 415-703-1552 or e-mail at The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) shall be in 12 pt., Times Roman font and not to exceed two (2) typewritten pages. Beyond the page limit and font size stated above, the format and organization of the information presented in the SOQ is at the discretion of the candidate. The SOQ should include a detailed explanation relating to each of the Required Experience/Qualifications bullets below in order to allow a reviewer to easily discern the candidate’s knowledge, experiences and abilities. Each candidate’s SOQ will be rated on their written communication skills, as well as the content of the abilities and experiences presented using standardized rating criteria to select the most qualified candidate for the position. In the event there is more than one highly qualified candidate, hiring interviews may be conducted. Please observe the page limit. If a candidate’s SOQ exceeds the two-page limit, only the first two pages will be evaluated. Applicants who do not submit a completed SOQ with their application will not be given further consideration. Please note that all information provided is subject to verification. For each of the topic areas discussed in the SOQ, please include the name(s) and phone number(s) of supervisor(s) and/or manager(s) who are knowledgeable about your work and may be contacted for verification. Who May Apply: Applicants eligible for lateral transfer (defined in SPB rules 430-433*), list appointment, voluntary demotion, reinstatement, or other State Civil Service eligibility under SPB rules will be considered. To become “list eligible” for consideration, interested candidates must successfully pass a civil service exam. Applicants currently on an SROA list or employed by a surplus department in a specific classification designated as surplus will be given primary consideration. *Copies of SPB Rules 430-433 are available in the Human Resources Office. Description: The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) is an independent division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). DRA’s mission is to advocate for customers of regulated utilities to obtain the lowest possible rates for service consistent with safe and reliable service levels while ensuring customer and environmental protections. DRA is organized into five branches (three handle energy matters, one water matters, and one communications matters) with a staff of 137 employees composed of economic, financial and policy analysts; engineers; and auditors. The Electricity Planning and Policy (EPP) Branch is responsible for representing ratepayer interests in electric generation planning, transmission planning and certification, energy resource cost recovery, wholesale power procurement, renewable power development and procurement, renewable portfolio standard policy development and statutory compliance, long-term procurement and planning, resource adequacy, greenhouse gas policy, smart grid and advance metering infrastructure planning, deployment of electric vehicles, and energy research, demonstration, and development, and related issues. Duties/Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Program and Project Supervisor of EPP Branch’s Infrastructure Section, the incumbent will serve as a high level technical analyst and/or project lead and/or project coordinator evaluating transmission and other infrastructure-related filings submitted by the investor-owned utilities, including applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCN), permits to construct (PTC), and advice letters. The incumbent will participate in transmission-related Commission proceedings. The incumbent also will evaluate infrastructure proposals in the context of long-term procurement and planning for electricity in California and the Western states, system and local resource adequacy requirements, renewable energy development, smart grid and advance metering infrastructure, deployment of electric vehicles in California, and related planning activities of other state and regional entities. The incumbent will perform analyses using methods and methodologies such as the Transmission Economic Assessment Methodology, North American Electric Reliability Coordinating Council Planning Standards, and least-cost/best-fit for integration of transmission related to renewable generation contracts. The incumbent will analyze and monitor issues related to transmission cost, the Generator Interconnection Queue of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the impact on the utilities’ ability to interconnect new generators to their system, and coordination of these issues with the Commission’s CPCN and PTC proceedings. The incumbent will participate in public hearings before the Commission, workshops and other forums and prepare and present analyses, studies, and written reports, comments, and testimony. The incumbent will advise DRA management and advocate before Commissioners, Advisors, the Legislature and other decision makers. Required Experience/Qualifications: The candidate selected for the position should have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas: • Demonstrated ability to conduct high-level technical economic, financial and policy analysis and make appropriate recommendations. Ability to manage and work with outside consultants as necessary. • Ability to serve as lead technical analyst and/or project leader and/or project coordinator on a broad range of issues relating to infrastructure issues, including transmission planning for access to renewables, system integration issues, smart grid and advance metering infrastructure, and deployment of electric vehicles. • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments with accuracy, to prioritize, organize and coordinate projects, and meet deadlines. • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, and with minimal supervision, to analyze situations accurately and to recommend and take effective courses of action. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Demonstrated experience in preparing and filing testimony, and serving as an expert witness in evidentiary hearings, participating at workshops and public forums, making presentations before decision-makers and articulating recommendations in a persuasive manner. Desirable Experience/Qualifications: • Knowledge and experience in the following areas: electricity procurement, renewable energy, electric transmission and electrical infrastructure.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
None Specified 680 - 252 - 4615 - 011
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
DRA - Electricity Planning & Policy Branch
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Joseph Abhulimen
(415) 703-1552

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