Employment Opportunities


Public Utilities Engineer

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Description:

Agency Name:        Dept. of Public Utilities
Official Title:            Public Utilities Engineer
Functional Title:        Public Utilities Engineer
Occupational Group:        Professional Engineering
Position Type:            Civil Service
Full-Time or Part-Time:    Full-Time
Salary Range:            $57,635.50 to $79,153.62 Annually
Bargaining Unit:        09
Shift:                Day
Confidential:            No
Number Of Vacancies:    1
City/Town:            Statewide
Region:            N/A
Facility Location:        Main Office - South Station
Application Deadline:        12-23-2014
Apply Online:            Yes
Posting ID:            J45505

This position is funded from the Commonwealth's annual operating budget.

Duties:

Conducts engineering studies of plant, equipment and services of gas utilities to determine capabilities, service effectiveness and to make recommendations concerning service, operating methods and safety practices.

Evaluates the physical condition of properties and equipment of public utilities through on-site audits and inspections, to prepare reports concerning appropriateness of proposed rate schedules, amounts of allowable bond issues and changes in the allowed rate of depreciation.

Investigates consumer complaints concerning charges and application of rates of gas utilities, line extensions and quality and availability of service to resolve complaints or recommend corrective action.

Reviews petitions filed by public utility companies on such matters as construction or expansion of utility facilities, zoning exemptions and use of eminent domain to recommend approval or disapproval of petitions based on public convenience and necessity.

Conducts studies on such matters as energy conservation, fuel adjustment clauses in rate schedules of electric companies, solar and hot water heating projects, alternate gas sources, etc.

Develops and recommends changes to the operating standards governing activities of public utilities.

Investigates accidents involving public utility organizations to determine cause and to report findings.

Performs related duties such as preparing reports on such matters as environmental impact studies, rules and regulations, plant account studies, etc.; maintaining records of utility malfunctions; using safety equipment while conducting inspections and providing technical assistance to others.

May be required to be available for stand-by duties and/or call back and overtime as business necessitates.

Qualifications:

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full- time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering work, the major duties of which included the design, construction or operation of facilities for the generation, transmission and/or distribution of light, heat and power and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:
I. An Associate's degree with a major in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Bachelor's degree with a major in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, or electrical engineering technology or electrical engineering may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

III. A Graduate degree with a major in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, or electrical engineering technology may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Educational substitution will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.

Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

A Master's degree in business administration, public policy, civil, chemical, mechanical, or other engineering field is preferred.

Comments:

This is a Civil Service position.

Experience in the natural gas industry, or in natural gas safety utility regulation is preferred. Excellent computer and communication skills are essential. A writing sample may be requested as part of the interview process.

In addition to the qualifications above, candidate must successfully complete all of the required pipeline safety inspection courses at the US DOT Transportation Safety Institute within three years.

Repost of #J43565.

How To Apply:

If not applying on-line, please submit via email to: DPU-HR@State.MA.US

*If submitting via email Subject Line should read; Last Name, First Name – Job Title, Job Posting #J45505

Department of Public Utilities
Human Resources Division
One South Station, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

To ensure consideration, resume and cover letter must be postmarked by midnight on the deadline date. Please reference posting #J45505 on all correspondence.

Please help our environment by applying electronically. Thank you!

Agency Web Address:
www.mass.gov/dpu

The Commonwealth acts in good faith to affirmatively recruit a diverse population. If you wish to self-identify, please click on the links below. Completing this form is voluntary. If you choose to self-identify, please note that all Affirmative Action and Disability data is kept in a confidential file.

Link to Disability Form (return this form to the ADA Coordinator listed below)
http://www.mass.gov/anf/docs/hrd/odeo/veterans/disabled-veteran-applicant-self-id-form.doc

Link to the Veterans Forms (return this form to the Diversity Officer listed below)
http://www.mass.gov/anf/docs/hrd/odeo/veterans/gender-race-veteran-applicant-self-id-form.doc

Diversity Officer/ADA Coordinator:
Theresa Kelly (617) 305-3636

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
 


Salary: $57,635.50 to $79,153.62 Annually
Closing Date: December 23, 2014
Contact: DPU-HR@state.ma.us
https://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/recruit/public/31100001/job/job_view.do?postingId=J45505&code=search.public&federalStimulus=no&companyId=46

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
Description:

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)
http://www.dcpsc.org/employmentops/Employmentops.asp
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Utility Analyst III - Electric Division/Retail

Organization: New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
Description:

UTILITY ANALYST III #14373 (Job Id 1090)

Category: Salary: $52,845-$72,189 (typical starting salary not to exceed $62,868)

Post Date: 6/27/2014   Close Date:  Open until filled

 

New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission - Electric Division/Retail

Concord, NH

 

The NH PUC seeks a utility analyst with experience in performing high level research and data analysis pertaining to utility rates, economics, and policy issues.

 

This is a high visibility position in a busy office facing challenging and innovative issues with respect to utility divestiture, rate design, smart metering and cutting edge energy efficiency policy. The selected candidate will be required to prepare testimony, participate in hearings, provide advice to colleagues and Commissioners, and interact with utility counterparts.

 

The Commission offers a friendly work environment, excellent benefits, and is located in Concord, the State’s capital, close to the mountains, lakes and ocean and only one hour from Boston.

 


Salary: $52,845-$72,189
Closing Date: December 31, 2014
Contact: Eunice Landry (eunice.landry@puc.nh.gov)
http://www.puc.nh.gov/Home/AboutUs/employment.htm

Program and Policy Analyst (Energy Rates and Policy Analyst)

Organization: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Description: This position is responsible for performing studies and analyzing natural gas and electric utility rate and rule change proposals. This position is also responsible for analyzing current practices and trends related to natural gas and electric utilities to assist the Commission in developing and implementing new and innovative policies and rate designs. This position is responsible for leading or participating in highly complex special projects and studies involving cost allocation, rate design, and emerging energy industry trends such as renewable energy, distributed generation, and utility industry restructuring. Responsibilities also include providing oral or written responses to complaints and inquiries from utilities and/or the public; preparing routine correspondence, Commission orders, and other written materials; developing and maintaining standard analytical tools and spreadsheets for conducting cost of service analysis and rate design; maintaining utility tariff filings; and maintaining and improving professional skills. The position works under general supervision from the Core Management Team (CMT) and is required to make professional decisions in both routine and complex cases.

Refer to our job posting on Wisc.Jobs for additional information and to apply. Please visit the Commission's website at http://psc.wi.gov to learn more about us.


Salary: between $17.243 and $28.451 per hour
Closing Date: January 4, 2015
Contact: Stephen Hermosillo (stephen.hermosillo@wisconsin.gov)
http://wisc.jobs/public/job_view.asp?annoid=79954&jobid=79468&org=155&class=09471&index=true

Natural Gas Programs Manager (Program and Policy Chief)

Organization: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Description: This position serves as the primary advisor to the Public Service Commission on a variety of highly complex regulatory issues related to the natural gas industry that have a significant impact on utility customers, utility investors, and the State's economy. This position provides critical policy analysis and perspectives on technical and regulatory issues before the Commission, including review of utility construction projects and investigations into a variety of technical questions and complaints related to service adequacy, reliability, efficiency, economics and safety of overall utility operations. This position has broad discretion and significant responsibility to administer and enforce the applicable Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Codes, the Code of Federal Regulations, and nationally accepted codes and standards regulating pipeline safety and gas public utility service.

The position is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the Commission's regulatory responsibilities related to natural gas utilities, including the administration and oversight of the natural gas pipeline safety program. This program operates as a state-federal partnership which ensures the safety of more than 20,000 miles of natural gas distribution system in Wisconsin. In this role, this position supervises and coordinates a team of gas pipeline safety engineers who review and inspect the utilities' construction, operations, and maintenance procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal codes.

To learn more about the position and to apply, visit Wisc.Jobs. To learn more about the Commission, visit our website at http://psc.wi.gov/


Salary: Starting salary will be between $54,876-$90,548 annually
Closing Date: January 4, 2015
Contact: Stephen Hermosillo (stephen.hermosillo@wisconsin.gov)
http://wisc.jobs/public/job_view.asp?annoid=79913&jobid=79427&org=155&class=09480&index=true

PSC Senior Commission Advisor

Organization: maryland public service commission
Description:

The Maryland Public Service Commission is seeking one (1) full-time Senior Commission Advisor to provide advice and analytical support to the Commission in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities.  Excellent written and verbal analytical and communications skills are required to perform the duties of this position, which include

  • providing analysis, advice and support to the Commission on matters pending before it and on matters before other federal or State regulatory agencies;
  • reviewing, evaluating, and providing analysis of applications, transactional documents, testimony and pleadings submitted to the Commission;
  • preparing draft Commission orders;
  • providing oral and written briefings on matters of interest to the Commission; and
  • interaction with industry, senior federal and state government officials, and the General Assembly.

 

This position is a “political special appointment” and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority (“Commission”).

 

Education Requirement:  A degree in accounting, business, economics, engineering, finance, government, law or public policy.  An advanced degree is preferred.

 

Desired qualifications include: knowledge and a practical understanding of electricity, gas or telecommunications industries, general corporate experience, corporate finance, accounting, renewable energy and an understanding of the manner in which PJM (or an RTO similar to PJM) functions.  Experience performing utility, energy or telecommunications policy and economic analysis and merger and acquisition evaluations with a public service commission or federal regulatory commission, consulting organization or regulated enterprise is a plus.

 

A valid authorization to work in the U.S. and a valid driver’s license are required.

 

 

 


Salary: SALARY RANGE: $48,920-132,106
Closing Date: January 5, 2015
Contact: Joyce Milles (joyce.milles@maryland.gov)

Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Utility Analyst)

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Description: 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.

Utility and Energy Analyst 3, Senior Utility Analyst

The person in this position provides expert economic oriented analytical expertise in the regulation of energy utilities. The incumbent will serve as the PUC representative with regard to the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO). Major duties include:

Recommend, review and report on ETO performance benchmarks. Analyze and recommend PUC Commission action on the ETO budget and action plans.

Evaluate the adequacy of public purpose funding and demand-side resources for both electric and natural gas utilities contracting with ETO. Analyze the rate impact of conservation and provide input regarding legislative proposals.

Participate in ETO Strategic Planning Committee, Renewable Energy Advisory Council, Conservation Advisory Council, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Housing and Community Services' Advisory Committee. Provide assistance in direct access issues, examine applications from potential electricity service suppliers and aggregators, make oral presentations and respond to inquiries in writing.

Serves on the Portfolio Options Committee as an alternate PUC staff member. Participates in the recommendation of a portfolio of product and pricing options for residential customers. Makes recommendations to the Commission on electric utility filings to implement portfolio options.

Serve as the lead analyst or team member in the review of electric utility Integrated Resource Plans (IRP). Recommend IRP corrective action to comply with Commission orders, Oregon law, and PUC rules, policies and procedures. Provide written comments and oral presentations to the Commission, utilities and stakeholders.

Performs special studies (i.e. investigation of electric utilities' energy conservation practices, smart grid reports, etc.) by independently conducting investigations and economic and engineering analyses of utility-related issues or proposed courses of action as requested by Executive Management and recommends appropriate policies based on the investigations/analyses.

Maintains an understanding of regional energy issues, utility contracts, utility operating practices, FERC regulations, and federal and state laws by participation in seminars, conferences, and workshops and by the use of engineering, statistical, and economic methods to analyze information from research to develop relevant policies.

Make oral presentations to the Commission related to the Commission action on ETO matters, acknowledgment of the IRP Action Plan, or corrections and modifications that need to take place prior to Commission acknowledgement, and other Staff investigations or reports

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Energy Resource Management, Public Policy, or a closely related field and four years of professional-level work experience in energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy, economic analysis, public policy analysis, finance or engineering. OR

Seven years of work experience in energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy, economic analysis, public policy analysis, finance or engineering; four of which must be at the professional-level. A Master's degree in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Energy Resource Management, Public Policy, or closely related field will substitute for one year of the professional-level work experience. A Doctorate degree in Economics, Finance, Energy Resources Management, Public Policy or a Juris Doctorate will substitute for two years of the professional-level work experience.

Requested Skills Professional-level work experience which provides knowledge of Energy Trust of Oregon, its energy efficiency and conservation programs, and its renewable energy generation programs.

Professional-level work experience with an electric or natural gas utility, a state public utility commission, a utility consumer advocate organization, a department of energy, or other employer in an energy field.

Work experience demonstrating knowledge of public policies and technical issues related to demand-side management resources or energy efficiency programs.

Work experience with the quantitative methods used in utility Integrated Resource Planning. Work experience with the quantitative methods used in the evaluation of the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency programs.

Professional-level work experience developing written comments and recommendations intended to inform or influence the decision makers of an organization.

Professional-level work experience making presentations in a public setting.

To view the complete job announcement including minimum qualifications, salary information and application instructions please visit our jobs page at: www.puc.state.or.us, click on "Jobs at PUC" and view the following announcements: PUC14-0024, Utility and Energy Analyst (Senior Utility Analyst). OR Visit the State of Oregon Jobs Page and look up job code: PUC14-0024 PUC is an EEO/AA employer.


Salary: $5028.00-$7379.00
Closing Date: January 21, 2015
Contact: Dana Northrup (dana.northrup@state.or.us)
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oregon/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1026497&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271%2E0%27%3E%3Cheader%2

Consultant to perform Comprehensive Management and Operations Audits of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

Organization: New York State Public Service Commission
Description:

The New York State Public Service Commission is seeking a consultant to perform Comprehensive Management and Operations Audits of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.  A conference call for interested bidders will be held to provide an opportunity to learn more about the audits, the subject companies and Staff’s expectations. The conference call will be held at 1 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 18, 2014.. To participate in the teleconference, call 866-394-2346 at the designated time and enter Conference Code 8107971264. The anticipated project schedule is as follows:

Target Date Task :

December 18, 2014   Bidders’ Conference Call

January 22, 2015   Proposals Due (must be e-Filed)

March 9 - 13, 2015   Finalists Interviews

April 16, 2015   Consultant Selected

February 2016   Initial Report Due

March 2016   Final Report Due


Salary: TBD
Closing Date: January 22, 2015
Contact: Kristee Adkins (kristee.adkins@dps.ny.gov)
http://www.dps.ny.gov
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Economist 4 (Senior Economist)

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Description: The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) has an excellent opportunity for a highly qualified and motivated individual to work in the dynamic area of energy policy and regulation.

PUC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy of an Economist 4 (Senior Economist) in the Utility Program, Energy Division, Energy Resources & Planning Section.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

The person in this position serves as the 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 electric and natural gas utility modeling of wholesale electricity and natural gas markets for Integrated Resource Plans.

Evaluate long-term forecasts of wholesale electricity and natural gas prices.

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.

Serve as an advisor and provide mentorship to Commission staff on energy market matters to ensure professional quality analysis and testimony.

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.

Advise Program Manager of the Energy Resources and Planning Section, Energy Division Administrator, and Utility Program Director on matters related to utility risk management policies 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.

Minimum Qualifications

A Master's degree in economics or a related field and four years of experience doing economic research or econometric forecasting;

OR

A Ph.D. in economics or a related field and one year experience doing economic research.

To view the complete job announcement including minimum qualifications, salary information and detailed application instructions please visit the PUC job page at: http://www.puc.state.or.us, click on "Jobs at PUC" and view the following announcement: PUC14-0023, Economist 4 (Senior Economist)

OR

Visit the State of Oregon Job page and look up the job code: PUC14-0023

PUC is an EEO.AA employer.


Salary: $5764.00 - $8087.00
Closing Date: February 2, 2015
Contact: Dana Northrup (dana.northrup@state.or.us$5764.00-)
http://www.puc.state.or.us/Pages/jobs/index.aspx