The position will investigate and analyze filings by electric utilities regarding long-range energy sales and peak demand econometric and end-use forecasts. This position will investigate utilities (integrated resource plan) IRP filings that includes a review of the inputs and optimized results using linear programing and computer simulations that underlie the combination of least cost resources with IRP models. The position will review similar models that calculate the marginal costs to produce energy and capacity for avoided costs. The position will review cost-benefit analysis in a variety of utility applications. Such investigations may involve the development of independent load forecasts, IRP models, and energy production models.
This position also investigates and prepares independent analyses on the cost of capital for utilities that involves the determination of the investor required rate of return in order to appropriately allow the utility the opportunity to attract capital.
Prepares written testimony which supports the recommendations to testify before the Commission and other intervenors. Provide assistance to the attorney(s) on writing proposed Orders.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Knowledge of economic, statistical, and financial and practices as it relates to the regulation of public utilities.
Knowledge of current trends, techniques, and practices of public utility service and regulation.
Knowledge of econometric forecasting and electric utility planning models that optimize a least cost combination of resources associated with the production of electrical energy and a knowledge of generation dispatch models.
Knowledge of corporate finance and associated debt and equity markets.
Ability to interpret, understand, and adapt deregulation and restructuring policies at the Federal level and apply such policies at the State level.
Knowledge of electrical, natural gas, water, and sewer utility operation and maintenance requirements, constraints, and capabilities.
Ability to prepare written and render oral expert testimony in formal hearings before the Utilities Commission.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with fellow employees, regulators, utility representatives, other state and federal officials, and utility customers.
Demonstrated experience with integrated resource planning and production cost models used in the utilities industry.