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Current Open Positions:

Salary: Commensurate with experience

FINAL DATE FOR FILING: Open Until Filled

THE POSITION
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.  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 (PCE) 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 in 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; preparation of data requests, testimony, and hearing exhibits, participation 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.

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:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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 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, and 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
  • Superior writing skills, especially related to regulatory filings, briefings, and related regulatory correspondence
  • Orally communicate 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 responsive 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.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS

  1. Provide a narrative summary of your qualifications for the position of Regulatory 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 with 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 is 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.
  5. In the body of the application you will find a place to attach documents. 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.

Job Title:               Manager of Distributed Energy Resource Strategy

Salary:                   Commensurate with experience

Job Type:              Full-Time

Location:               Redwood City, California

Job Description

The Manager of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Strategy will create and implement a DER strategy for one of California’s largest CCAs covering the full range of DER resources including generation, storage, and demand response.  This is an exciting opportunity to increase local renewable energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area.  This person will work under the supervision of the CEO and in close collaboration with the Director of Power Resources, the Director of Energy Programs and the Director of Customer Care.  The ideal candidate will have at least five to seven years of directly related experience.  More information is available below and at www.peninsulacleanenergy.com.

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is the community choice energy program (known as a “CCA”) for San Mateo County.  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.  PCE is the fifth operating CCE in California and launched in October 2016.

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 unanimous in their support for joining PCE.

Class Characteristics

PCE has a goal to meet 100% of our customer’s load with renewable energy by 2025.  PCE expects implementation of DERs to play a significant role in meeting this goal.   The Manager of DER Strategy will create a distributed generation strategy and launch procurement efforts to develop opportunities to employ DERs in San Mateo County.  The Manager of DER Strategy will work closely with key internal and external stakeholders (including developers, technology providers, site hosts, regulators, and board members), coordinate local community-based renewable/GHG-free energy projects, and participate in Board of Directors meetings as well as community events.  The Manager of DER Strategy is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with these key stakeholder groups, and for communicating PCE’s central messages consistently.

Experience/Education

Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering, environmental planning or a related field and a minimum of five to seven years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities described above including working at a project developer, on DER programs in the utility industry, and/or with a CCA program.  Master’s degree in business administration is desirable.

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Direct experience designing and developing DER installations including evaluating site locations, estimating system output, analyzing costs and benefits, and familiarity with interconnection policies and procedures, and DER system design.
  • Deeply familiar with the DER landscape including DER technologies, contracting structures, local, state, and federal policy, funding sources and opportunities, and best practices for procurement design and implementation.
  • Existing relationships with a significant number of DER stakeholders, developers and decision makers.
  • A successful history developing new business, including identifying opportunities, building partnerships, developing proposals, and executing projects to completion with well-thought-out scopes of work and budgets.
  • Knowledge of power purchase agreement structures, general terms and conditions and excellent negotiation skills.
  • Experience writing or responding to Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and other procurement processes for renewable energy projects.
  • Experience building financial models to evaluate and analyze the costs and benefits of different renewable energy structures, including PPAs, leases, and ownership models.
  • Familiarity with energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, microgrids, and distributed generation; willingness to work with subject matter experts.
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements and opportunities including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as others.

Ability to:

  • Produce exceptional written products with strong logistical and quantitative analysis.
  • Deliver excellent public speaking across diverse audiences.
  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, effective dispute resolution, and commercial awareness.
  • Manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts.
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented; demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy.
  • Work as needed to attend evening and weekend meetings and presentations.
  • Travel throughout the region to attend meetings and functions.
  • Establish and maintain effective, professional working relationships with customers, commercial partners, PCE staff team, Citizens Advisory Committee, and Board of Directors.
  • Work with intermediate and advanced MS Office functions, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Work with tools including Gantt charts and project management tools, CRMs and other advanced project tools.
  • Be part of a team of committed people.

Supervisory Responsibilities

No direct supervisory role anticipated at this time, but this could change as PCE grows over time.

Application Submission

Submit applications to hr@peninsulacleanenergy.com with a subject line: “Manager DER Strategy: < your name > ”

The application must include:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Responses to Supplemental Questions

Supplemental Questions

  1. Please describe how your education and experience have prepared you for this position, and how the position fits into your career goals and aspirations. Specifically, describe your experience and / or knowledge of procuring or developing distributed generation projects.
  2. Describe how you would evaluate the viability and value of a proposed DER project.
  3. Please describe your experience in developing feed-in tariffs, solar programs, and/or other innovative wholesale or retail-based energy programs.
  4. In this position, you will be part of a small, but growing, team of professionals. Describe your experience working as part of a team and indicate how you add value to the team. If you have managed or supervised employees, please describe that experience as well.
Peninsula Clean Energy

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