Natural Gas Specialist/Rates Analyst

Organization
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Metro
Job type
full-time
Salary

Range: 
PURA 3: $28.48-$42.24 hourly or $59,466-$88,197/annually
PURA 4: $30.59-$45.36 hourly or $63,872-$94,712/annually

Hours

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday - Friday

This career opportunity is based at the PUC offices in St. Paul, MN and is not available for full-time remote work. Candidates must be available to appear for briefings, meetings and hearings in St. Paul regularly.  This position will likely be a hybrid work position of some telework and some in-office hours, dependent on the performance of the successful candidate and the business needs of the Commission. 

Primary Duties

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission seeks a Natural Gas Specialist/Rates Analyst to provide policy and technical analysis and interpretation of complex gas and electric utility regulatory matters and other energy-related issues, with an emphasis on natural gas issues, including the recently-enacted Natural Gas Innovation Act.

This includes development of lifecycle greenhouse gas emission intensity and various cost benefit frameworks to evaluate innovative technologies for natural gas utilities (i.e. power-to-hydrogen, strategic electrification, renewable natural gas, district energy, energy efficiency, biogas, carbon capture, and power-to-ammonia.) This position will also be responsible for reviewing utility innovation investment plans under the established frameworks; as well as lead the Commission’s effort to examine natural gas regulatory and policy changes needed to achieve Minnesota’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Job Duties:

A Rates Analyst 3 advises the Commission on complex economic, regulatory and energy policy issues. The incumbent would be expected to examine and interpret, orally and in writing, utility filings on such topics as the interaction of electricity and natural gas policies, natural gas rate design, comprehensive energy planning, and related utility regulatory and energy policy issues. The incumbent would also be responsible for conducting research and preparing written or oral reports on other regulatory and policy issues before the Commission.

A Rates Analyst 4 advises the Commission on complex economic, regulatory and energy policy issues, coordinates and provides technical direction to other staff.  The incumbent would be expected to examine and interpret, orally and in writing, utility filings on such topics as, the interaction of electricity and natural gas policies, natural gas rate design, comprehensive energy planning, and related utility regulatory and policy issues.  The incumbent would also be responsible for evaluating, conducting, and leading research on other complex regulatory and policy issues before the Commission, including implementation of the Natural Gas Innovation Act, to ensure complete and relevant information is provided to the Commission, and preparing written and oral reports.  The incumbent may also lead or participate in workgroups, regional/national forums, and legislative issues.

Experience

Minimum Qualifications

Public Utilities Rates Analyst 3 Minimum Qualifications: 

Bachelor's Degree in accounting, economics, business, finance, energy, law, public policy, statistics, electrical engineering or related field AND 3 years relevant work experience in a utility regulatory agency, a telecommunications company, or other relevant experience. 

OR

Advanced Degree in accounting, economics, business, finance, energy, law, public policy, statistics or related field AND 2 years relevant work experience in a utility regulatory agency, a telecommunications company, or other relevant experience.

OR

An equivalent combination of education and/or relevant work experience in a utility regulatory

agency, a telecommunications company, or other relevant experience.

AND

  • Knowledge of basic economic, financial and other business principles.
  • Experience writing formal reports for external distribution
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both verbal and written communications
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel

Public Utilities Rates Analyst 4 Minimum Qualifications:

Graduate degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Energy/Public Policy, Planning, Statistics, Law (JD), or related field AND At least 4 years’ experience as a Rates Analyst 3 equivalent with a regulatory agency or utility OR

At least 5 years’ experience with an organization concerned with energy or utility issues other than a regulatory agency or utility          

OR

Bachelors’ degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Energy/Public Policy, Planning, Statistics, Law (JD) or related field AND At least 5 years’ experience as a Rates Analyst 3 equivalent with a regulatory agency or utility OR

At least 6 years’ experience with an organization concerned with energy or utility issues other than a regulatory agency or utility.

AND

  • Knowledge of basic economic, financial and other business principles.
  • Experience writing formal reports for external distribution
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both verbal and written communications
  • Experience leading and coordinating teams on complex projects or programs.
  • Ability to manage workload and multiple projects at one time.
  • Experience conducting research, investigations, and complex analyses of regulatory and policy issues.
  • Experience with stakeholder process design and facilitation
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications for Public Utilities Rates Analyst 3:

  • Good understanding of the electric and/or natural gas industries
  • Good understanding of utility economic, financial, ratemaking, energy forecasting, and other regulatory concepts and practices.
  • Knowledge and technical expertise related to natural gas ratemaking
  • Ability to perform and present data analysis
  • Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and marginalized communities.
  • Ability to conduct research, investigations and to perform complex analyses of regulatory and policy issues.
  • Ability to manage workload and multiple projects at one time.

Preferred Qualifications Public Utilities Rates Analyst 4:

  • Thorough understanding of natural gas ratemaking, technical, and legal issues and the relationship between natural gas usage and electric systems.
  • Thorough understanding of electric and natural gas industries.
  • Thorough understanding of energy policy, utility ratemaking and regulatory concepts and practices.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Solid quantitative and data analysis skills and the ability to present analysis to a broad audience.
  • Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and marginalized communities.
How to Apply

Applications are due by December 20, 2021. Salary range and more information in the full job posting:

Natural Gas Specialist/Rates Analyst 3 or 4-Job ID 48972

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