Employment Opportunities

Staff Attorney

Organization: Vermont Public Service Board






The Vermont Public Service Board seeks to fill a Staff Attorney position.  The Public Service Board regulates electric, energy efficiency, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities in Vermont.  Issues decided by the Board include, among others:  siting of utility facilities and non-utility renewable generation facilities; utility rates and other financial matters; and renewable energy, energy efficiency and telecommunications policies. 


The Staff Attorney position offers a unique chance to participate in Vermont's regulatory process that implements major policy decisions which often have statewide, regional, and national significance.  See http://psb.vermont.gov  Specific duties include reviewing utility-related filings; drafting proposed rules; assisting in the development of Board policy on utility-related matters; presiding over contested cases as a quasi-judicial hearing officer, with responsibility to identify significant issues; conducting thorough hearings in a fair, professional, judicious manner; preparing comprehensive proposed decisions that resolve all critical issues; and assisting the Board in evaluating the proposed decisions.  The attorney would also advise the Board in cases that the Board hears directly, with responsibility to identify, research, and analyze significant issues, manage the procedural elements of the cases, work as part of a team, and draft the Board's orders.


Judicial temperament, excellent writing and analytical skills are required.  A strong candidate will have prior experience in utility regulation or related areas, including the telecommunications or energy industries or administrative law.  The Board also highly values experience with financial or business decision-making, facility siting and permitting, and public policy analysis and formulation.


Candidates must be admitted (or eligible for admission) to the Vermont Bar.


Salary is commensurate with applicant's background and experience in accordance with the State of Vermont's Attorney Pay Plan. The pay plan can be found at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/sites/dhr/files/Documents/Compensation/DHR-Attorney_Pay_Plan.pdf


The State of Vermont offers an excellent total compensation package. Position open until filled.  To apply, submit resume, cover letter and writing sample to Business Manager, Vermont Public Service Board, People's United Bank Building, 4th Floor, 112 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-2701, or via e-mail to psb.businessmanager@state.vt.us.


The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Closing Date: August 31, 2014
Contact: psb.businessmanager@state.vt.us

Economist 4 (Senior Economist) PUC14-0016

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is responsible for regulating investor-owned utilities, privately-owned water companies, and the telephone industry. PUC’s mission is to ensure that safe and reliable utility services are provided to customers at just and reasonable rates while fostering the use of competitive markets to achieve these objectives.

PUC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy in the Utility Program, Energy Resources and Planning Section. This position is full time, Management Service non-supervisory and is not eligible for overtime. The PUC is funded through fees paid by the utilities we regulate.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.
The person in this position serves as the lead energy market analyst in the agency’s Energy Resources and Planning Section. This involves primary responsibility for the formulation of regulatory policy, conducting highly-technical complex research on matters related to electricity and natural gas markets and review of energy utility Integrated Resource plans (IRPs) and electric utility Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for major resource acquisitions. Major duties include:
• Research and evaluate electric and natural gas commodity markets.
• Analyze and assess electric and natural gas utility participation in wholesale commodity operations.
• Analyze and assess utility risk management policies, hedging strategies, and trading floor operations.
• Analyze and assess electric and natural gas utility modeling of wholesale electricity and natural gas markets for Integrates Resource Plans.
• Evaluate long-term forecasts of wholesale electricity and natural gas prices.
• Evaluate utility risk analysis and use of long-term resource options to mitigate or hedge electricity or natural gas commodity price risk.
• Analyze and assess electric utility wind integration studies to determine the operational and market impacts of adding more wind resources to utility generation resource portfolios.
• Independently plan and manage research studies to determine the impact of proposed public policies on the functioning and performance of wholesale electricity and natural gas markets and on the Oregon utilities and customers that rely on these markets.
• Locate and interpret economic and energy market information; develop research methodologies; select statistical procedures and software packages.
• Present economic results and policy recommendations to the Commission and other policy makers.
• Recommend adjustments to utility wholesale commodity purchases and sales in general rate cases, annual power cost adjustment cases, and annual purchased gas cost adjustment cases.
• Advise the Commission on regulatory and public policy matters that affect Oregon’s electric and natural gas utilities participation in wholesale energy markets.
• Advises Program Manager of the Energy Resources and Planning Section, Energy Division Administrator, and Utility Program Director on matters related to utility risk management policies, hedging strategies, trading floor operations and the appropriate level of wholesale market purchases and sales to include in the utility’s retail rates.
• Organize and lead project teams to determine the impact of proposed public policies on the functioning and performance of wholesale electricity and natural gas markets and on the Oregon utilities and customers that rely on these markets.

Salary: $5,651.00 - $7,928.00 Monthly
Closing Date: September 5, 2014
Contact: Stacy Wren (stacy.m.wren@state.or.us)

Regulatory Analyst 3

Organization: Utilities and Transporation Commission


This senior position works with minimal supervision to perform analysis on complex regulatory matters that have significant impact on multi-billion dollar energy utilities, energy users and other stakeholders. The main focus of this position is to conduct sophisticated accounting analysis of utility company exhibits and work papers that support rates proposed in both tariff filings and rate cases; examine complex cost recovery mechanisms; develop and advocate electricity and natural gas pricing policies for multiple customer groups such as residential homes, commercial businesses, and very large industrial factories; examine the transfer or sale of company assets; assess and judge the prudence of complex financial instruments such as financial and commodity hedging as used by companies; assess the prudence of corporate investments; and analyze policies that promote the public interests of Washington’s citizens. The accounting analysis conducted in this position is used to create recommendations to commissioners appointed by the Governor, and to write testimony that is filed in highly contentious legal proceedings where the incumbent is the expert witness and will be cross-examined by counsel for parties who oppose the incumbent’s recommendations. Tasks are often unstructured and require the incumbent to understand the utility industry, exercise judgment on the appropriate use of administrative codes, statutes, regulatory policies, procedures, legal and regulatory precedents and other information to complete assignments. The work assigned to the incumbent involves competing interests, multiple clients, conflicting rules or practices, a range of possible outcomes, and other elements of a legal, technical, and/or financial nature. This position provides recommendations to senior management and provides technical and tactical advice to junior staff on a project-specific basis.

Closing Date: September 7, 2014
Contact: Susan Holman (sholman@utc.wa.gov)

Engineering Specialist

Organization: Public Utility Commission of Texas
Description: Perform senior-level engineering work on a broad range of water and sewer utility issues. Work involves identifying, analyzing, and providing recommendations regarding issues related to planning, field and system operations and maintenance in the water and sewer utility industry. Work under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Salary: Refer to Job Posting
Closing Date: September 30, 2014
Contact: recruiter@puc.texas.gov
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Utility Rate Analyst

Organization: Public Utility Commission of Texas
Description: Perform complex auditing work providing business and financial guidance and support to retail public water and sewer utilities. Work involves analyzing financial issues related to public utility companies, recommending fair rates of return on regulated utilities' invested capital, and evaluating financial integrity requirements for public utilities. Work under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Salary: Refer to Job Posting
Closing Date: September 30, 2014
Contact: recruiter@puc.texas.gov
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Organization: Government of the District of Columbia Washington, DC

Duties This position is located in the Office of People¿s Counsel, Litigation Services Division. The employee in this position works primarily on advising the Office of the People¿s Counsel on a variety of matters related to electrical and natural gas distribution networks. The Electrical Engineer functions as a technical advisor to and under the general direction and supervision of the Director of Litigation on matters pertaining to electrical energy efficiency and conservation, and electrical system safety, reliability and quality of service. Knowledge of emerging issues related to undergrounding of electrical distribution network, the implementation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure and natural gas pipeline replacement.

Qualifications Selective Placement Factor #1: Utility meter systems operations experience is preferred Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Two (2) four (4) years of experience is required. Education Requirement: B.S. in Electrical Engineering from accredited four (4) year college.

Salary: $74,171$ 95,564
Closing Date: November 18, 2014
Contact: Office of the People's Counsel (hr@opcdc. gov)
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Financial Examiner

Organization: Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel
Description: Identifies, analyzes, and evaluates accounting and financial issues for electric, water and wastewater, and telecommunications utilities.  Prepares written testimony, comments, recommendations, and other written materials pursuant to these analyses, and is responsible for the verbal defense of written materials in the appropriate regulatory venue.  Works under the direction of the Deputy Public Counsel.

Salary: 5,417 – 6,250
Closing Date: December 31, 2014
Contact: Melissa Silguero (melissa.silguero@opuc.texas.gov)
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Chief Infrastructure and System Planning

Organization: DC Public Service Commission

The Chief, Office of Infrastructure and System Planning is primarily responsible for providing professional engineering and other technical support on all matters relating to the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and replacement of all infrastructure and systems utilized by the electric, natural gas and local telephone companies in the District. Reviews, critiques, and investigates infrastructure and system plans and reports filed by utility companies. Coordinates the inspection of utility facilities and operations to ensure safe, reliable, efficient and economic services. Determines infrastructure and system planning metrics, trends and performance; determines adequacy and sufficiency of infrastructure and systems planning methodologies and drafts recommendations for improvements. Establishes, maintains, and ensures the quality of data and documents in the Commission’s official infrastructure and system planning database and public transparency website/web page. The Chief monitors, analyzes, and reviews utility companies’ plans, proposals, designs, construction and maintenance of infrastructure and system upgrades and replacement, including the Mayor’s Task Force on proposed undergrounding of electrical distribution systems. Represents the Commission in meetings of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Supervises a staff of gas, electrical, civil, and general engineers and a program assistant and reviews their work projects for consistency with agency policies, regulations, and contracts and professional engineering standards.


Salary: $101,234 - $141,727
Closing Date: December 31, 2014
Contact: Natalie Taylor (ntaylor@psc.dc.gov)
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