Utility Economist
Oregon Public Utility Commission - Salem, OR

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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 Division, Rates, Finance and Audit Section.

Utility and Energy Analyst 2, Utility Economist

The primary purpose of these positions is to conduct applied economic research on a wide range of matters related to the short-term and long-term forecasting of loads and other billing determinates of Oregon's investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities. The incumbents will also conduct complex economic research and analysis on matters related to the design of rates charged to customers as well as allocating utility costs to residential, commercial, and industrial customer classes. Major duties include:
  • Evaluate and assess short-term and long-term load forecasts of electric and natural gas utilities. Critically research and analyze load data to explain the impact of economic factors, weather, and energy efficiency programs on customer usage and overall utility loads.
  • Conducts complex economic research and mathematical analysis on estimating the short and long run costs of supplying distribution, transmission and generation services by electric and natural gas utilities for different classes of retail customers.
  • As part of utility general rate filings, review utility studies and estimates of such costs and develop findings and recommendations. Conduct economic research on other utility and regulatory issues and matters as assigned.
  • Review natural gas and electric utility tariff filings, separate from utility general rate filings, for new or revised rates for specific tariff schedules, special contracts and other types of tariff filings. Develop recommended revisions as warranted. Draft memos summarizing review of rate filings and recommendations for presentation at public meetings.
  • Independently analyzes issues and evaluates other parties' written testimony for accuracy, logic, and consistency with existing Commission policy; writes testimony based upon analysis; defends testimony in formal hearings. Prepares cross-examination questions for company and intervenor witnesses, assists Attorney General's Office in preparation of legal briefs.
Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Economics, Accounting, or Finance AND
  • Two years of work experience in engineering, economic analysis, finance, accounting, or auditing.
  • OR
  • Five years of work experience in any of the above fields; two of which must have been at the professional level.
  • A Master's or Doctorate degree may substitute for one year of the work experience.
  • In addition, we are specifically recruiting for the preferred qualifications below. Applicants who are best able to demonstrate these attributes will be contacted for an interview.
    • Professional level work experience developing written comments and recommendations intended to inform or influence the decision making of a public agency or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation.
    • Knowledge of developing prices for goods and services preferably for an electric, natural gas utility, or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation.
    • Advanced knowledge and regular work experience with complex Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
    • Knowledge of estimating the marginal cost of operations or business functions preferably for a electric, natural gas utility, or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation.
    • Knowledge of econometric forecasting of revenues, costs or other major economic parameters of an electric and natural gas utility, or multi-million annual dollar business or issue.
    • Graduate Degree in Economics or related field.
To view the complete job announcement including minimum qualifications, salary information and application instructions please visit our jobs page at: http://www.puc.state.or.us/puc/Pages/jobs/index.aspx, click on 'Jobs at PUC' and view the following announcements:

Utility and Energy Analyst 2 (Utility Economist) - PUC13-0027

PUC is an EEO/AA employer.

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