American States Utility Services Energy Analyst (5B.17) in BIG BEAR, California

Energy Analyst (5B.17)

Location: BIG BEAR, CA (BVES)

Pay range:

Job Code: 5B.17

Description

POSITION DEFINITION: Energy Analyst

Under general direction, assists with or leads projects related to sales forecasting, load forecasting, resource analysis, contracts, load research studies, pricing/economics, including utility tariffs, and model development.

Accountability

The Energy Analyst is accountable by ensuring optimization of BVES’ energy resources. As a responsible professional, the incumbent in this position must have the ability to work independently, exercise initiative and judgment in the performance of the core job responsibilities of this position. The incumbent also needs to be skilled in the ability to answer questions, draw conclusions and make recommendations as needed to facilitate a dynamic and high performance organization. The analyst will review market updates made available through consulting reports, webcasts, government agency reports, and energy daily reports.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains, updates and improves BVES Results of Operations (RO) model and provides testimony on RO model use in General Rate Case (GRC) applications

  • Performs analysis supporting optimization of SCE transmission capacity

  • Reviews transmission service contracts

  • Analyzes power market prices for BVES and cost savings that BVES would realize by utilizing short term fixed contracts as opposed to participation in the spot market.

  • Consistently keeps energy cost and load forecasting models calibrated to perform analysis mentioned in essential duties.

  • Performs analysis and contract feasibility studies required due to the inherent delay in the approval process for long term power contracts

  • Develops a benchmarking process for evaluating if the power contracts proposed are in line with the experts’ view of the power market view of Southern California power prices.

  • Conducts analysis and forecast of customer generation/integration with BVES distribution

  • Maintains energy cost model flexible enough to analyze alternative generation options for BVES

  • Strong contributor to rebuttal testimony for GRC applications and provides the analysis required to quickly adjust the O&M and A&G cost forecasts and develop alternative rate designs to support the final GRC negotiations

  • Acts as the lead analytic support person for the annual update of the BVES Integrated Resource Plan

  • Utilize spot market forecasts provided by consultants and the forward market predictions to project scenarios for planning purposes. On a monthly basis derive the value of the power contract options purchased by BVES, utilizing the Black-Shoals analytical frame work already utilized by BVES.

  • Discover a means to Improve the forecasting models for the regional economy, energy sales, and energy load using Metrix ND or SAS and enhancing the forecasting model structure

  • Performs REC option analysis - economic benefits and costs

  • Monitors bills for contract power for reasonability and for detailed calculations

  • Reviews actual vs. forecasted use of hourly CAISO market based energy (Settlement)

  • Monitors Goldhill and Harnish meters for SCE billing errors

  • Evaluates Benefit/Cost ratios for various improvements to distribution system

  • Develops load profiles by rate class for use in load forecast, Marginal Cost, and Cost of Service studies

  • Conducts statistical studies to monitor precision of sample group meter populations and recommends redeployment of sample groups and design of new sample groups

  • Preforms monthly review of database to groom load data and alert meter groups to malfunctioning meters

  • Develops annual report of audit meter sample group evaluation

  • Supports Time of Use (TOU) and other manual billing with load data by TOU

  • Evaluates/monitors BVES' TOU rating periods (identify seasonal periods, on-peak times, etc.)

  • Makes recommendations on deployment of advanced metering for load control, etc.

  • Programs inquiries to SQL database

  • Attend software training, energy policy and market training as assigned.

  • Other duties as assigned

The above job description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills or competencies associated with this job.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, or closely related field

  • Five or more years of electrical utility experience, including power generation

  • Understanding of regulated energy market

  • Experience with regulatory processes

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • Strong written, interpersonal and presentation skills

  • Must possess excellent problem solving skills and analytical ability

  • Strong to excellent oral and written communication

  • Good negotiation skills

The responsibilities of this position will involve access to information that may be considered confidential, private and sensitive. Therefore, the individual filling this position will be required to both allow and pass a background check.

May include but not limited to standing, climbing, walking, lifting, bending, pulling and/or pushing, grasping, reaching, stooping, and crouching, sitting, typing, walking, reading, writing, color determination, speaking and listening for extended periods of time.

Qualities of a Successful Energy Analyst

  • Organized with strong attention to detail and time management skills

  • Analytical with ability to use advanced features of Excel (pivot tables, graphs, charts)

  • Exhibits professionalism with internal and external contacts

  • Demonstrates strong level of accountability and ownership

  • Executes with discipline and urgency

  • Demonstrated impact and influencing skills

  • Trustworthy; strong personal integrity

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; solid presentation skills

  • Collaborative/team-oriented

  • Emotional Maturity

  • Exhibits professionalism with internal and external contacts

  • High degree of initiative; self-starter