Do you have the desire to make a difference on a new and dynamic team? Are you passionate about clean energy and fighting climate change?
If so, we have the opportunity for you!
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) currently has an exciting opportunity for an energy professional to join the Reliability, Security, and Resilience (RSR) Unit within the Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis (TRA) as a Rate Specialist located in New Britain. The Rate Specialist position will provide financial, engineering, and/or economic analysis and expertise to this unit.
PURA is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned electric, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state's cable television companies. Ensuring affordable and reliable service from these sectors is critical to maintaining public health and safety and a thriving economy in the state of Connecticut.
PURA’s responsibilities for regulating the many aspects of Connecticut's utility sectors can be categorized into three key buckets:
- Accountability: Conducting periodic utility rate cases; Overseeing service quality, safety, and investment for the state's telecommunication infrastructure; Implementing federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety.
- Sustainability: Overseeing the deployment of multiple clean energy programs including, renewable energy deployment, electric vehicle charging, battery storage, and innovation pilots in pursuit of Connecticut’s climate and energy policy goals.
- Innovation: Pursuing the prudent and innovative modernization of the electric, natural gas, and water systems through regulatory reform.
The RSR Unit is one of six technical units within PURA’s TRA Office and is responsible for overseeing emergency response, cybersecurity, reliability, and resilience planning of Connecticut’s utility systems. In conjunction with TRA’s Clean and Affordable Energy (CAE) unit, RSR helps support the state’s Equitable Modern Grid Initiative, in addition to having oversight of storm and related investigation, interconnection procedures, and physical security related to the state’s investor-owned utilities.
Key topics, programs, or decisions overseen by RSR in the recent past include:
Advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid upgrades of the electric grid;
Resilience of critical infrastructure against the impacts of climate change;
Non-wire alternatives to traditional system upgrades;
Interconnection standards for distributed renewable energy resources;
Utility preparedness for severe weather and cybersecurity incidents;
Broadband expansion across the state.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
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- Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage;
- Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings;
- Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
- Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities; and
- A healthy work-life balance to all employees!
PURA is seeking a professional with experience in finance, economics, engineering, public utility regulation, energy policy or a related field to support the RSR Unit as a Rate Specialist. This role will help implement PURA’s Equitable Modern Grid Initiative by performing complex and technical analyses, leading public outreach efforts, participating in working groups, as well as supporting traditional utility ratemaking proceedings and investigations. Most work will focus on electric and telecommunications critical infrastructure sectors, but may also include other energy and utility fields, such as gas and water.
For the full range of specific position duties, please see the "Examples of Duties" section below.
The position will be located at Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT, with an opportunity for a hybrid teleworking arrangement.
This position is 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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Important information for after you apply:
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Office of Consumer Counsel this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in conducting studies, analysis and research on the activities of electric, gas, water, telecommunications and cable television companies for the purpose of verifying rate structures in accordance with revenue allowed and improving rate design and investigation and mediation of disputes between claimants, consumers and/or public utility companies.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Conducts technical and policy research and analysis on topics related to the Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis including, but not limited to, grid modernization, deployment of distributed energy resources, grid resilience, cybersecurity, broadband expansion, and emergency preparedness and response.
In performing the above assignments, the Rate Specialist: acts a project manager for discrete agency investigations, as assigned, developing procedural schedules for all dockets under their purview in order to ensure that the Authority’s objectives for each proceeding are achieved and all standard practices are followed; Schedules and performs studies and analyses of various companies under departmental jurisdiction; studies and recommends methods of providing services more closely associated with cost and performance based rates; assists in establishing and maintaining a database on costs, demand characteristics and rates of companies for trend analysis, econometric analysis and special studies; provides specification for computer models for use in econometric analysis and studies associated with rate structure and allocated cost of service; reviews rate and tariff schedules for compliance with regulations, findings and orders; assists in preparation for staff participation in formal hearings before department; reviews, evaluates and reports on technical papers, actions taken by regulatory or legislative bodies and other developments which have a bearing upon policies and practices of regulated companies; performs economic analysis in area of rate structure design and impact on consumer; independently reviews individual consumer complaints, prepares reports of rate and policy review work, examinations and investigations; participates in investigations or examinations of complex complaints and/or filings; attempts to resolve disputes over rate and service issues; participates in drafting recommendations for department decisions; documents procedures; may cross examine witnesses of utility companies; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of and ability to interpret public utility regulations and guidelines; knowledge of principles and practices of rate structure design; knowledge of economic, financial and statistical methodologies used in analyzing rate structure; knowledge of business practices and operational procedures of public utility companies; knowledge of methods and procedures for conducting investigations and examinations; some knowledge of computer and statistical analytical packages; oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of professional experience in electric, gas, water, telecommunications or cable television regulatory matters.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- A bachelor’s degree in engineering, economics, finance, or environmental studies;
- An advanced degree in renewable energy, engineering, environmental studies, climate change, public utility regulation, finance, or economics;
- Experience working on utility regulation, grid modernization initiatives, deployment of clean and renewable energy programs, or climate change or energy policy;
- Experience writing technical reports, white papers, position papers, policy papers, or academic articles for a general audience that provide conclusions or recommendations supported by documented evidence;
- Experience conducting quantitative analysis and synthesizing results;
- Experience with project management methodologies;
- Experience working independently 2 or more projects simultaneously, while adhering to deadlines;
- Experience using Microsoft Office 365 applications.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.