Regional Energy Program - Planner Principal

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Organization Summary

The Commission’s mission is to create and maintain a regulatory environment that ensures safe, adequate and efficient utility services at fair, reasonable rates consistent with State telecommunications and energy policies.

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Location in MN
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Salary Range: $30.55 - $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 - $94,002 / annually

  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Primary Duties

Job Summary

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will be filling the position of the Planner Principal State for the Regional Energy Program. This career opportunity is based at the PUC offices in St. Paul, MN. This position is a hybrid work position with the ability to telework and some in-office hours, dependent on the performance of the successful candidate and the business needs of the Commission. This position coordinates the agency’s activities related to regional transmission planning, regional energy markets, federal transmission and energy market actions, and complex docketed matters coming before the Commission in close coordination with the Regional Energy Program Planning Director, the Regulatory Division Manager, and Commissioners. The person selected for this position must be available to appear for briefings, meetings, and hearings in St. Paul and Eagan regularly. This position also requires out of state travel up to 30 percent of the time.

Job Duties:

  • Provides technical, policy, and planning analysis and advice relating to regional transmission planning and energy markets.
  • Monitors, analyzes, and participates in the activities of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), Organization of MISO States (OMS), and the related activities at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
  • Serves as an advisor to the designated Organization of MISO States lead Commissioner and all other Commissioners on these issues.
  • Assures managers, supervisors, and staff of all relevant units in the agency are informed of major regional and federal matters that impact energy policies and dockets before the Commission.
  • Coordinates with staff at the Minnesota Department of Commerce and other relevant Minnesota state agencies on these issues.
  • Helps coordinate and carry out complex technical and policy tasks relating to energy planning and markets, transmission infrastructure, forecasting, and other related issues.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3 years of work experience related to analyzing and advising on electric regulation and economics.

A bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Electrical Engineering, Economics, Public Administration, Public Policy, or related field  may substitute for one year of experience. An associate degree may substitute for six months of experience.

Minimum qualifications assessed at interview:

  • Experience and proficiency in translating complex ideas, policy issues, and data related to energy regulation and markets into useable information for decision-makers.
  • Interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct research, analysis, and to present the results both in writing and orally.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Additional work or educational experience on regional energy issues, such as wholesale electricity markets, long range transmission planning, utility regulatory models and regulation.
  • Direct experience working with governmental agencies, utilities, and other stakeholders and regulatory programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of the state, federal and regional energy industry issues, and trends.
  • Demonstrated understanding of energy utility regulatory concepts and practices at state and regional level relevant to Minnesota.
  • Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and marginalized communities.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of a background screening and reference check.

How to Apply

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If you have questions about the position, contact Morgan Stafford at [email protected] or 651-201-2208.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Morgan Stafford at [email protected].

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