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Utilities Analyst 1 (Underfill for a Utilities Analyst 2)

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has an exciting new opportunity for a full-time Utilities Analyst 1 in Boise. This is the first level position of a two-level series. Incumbents in this classification are at the training level for the Utilities Analyst 2 (anticipated underfill completion is 12 months). 

The selected candidate will join the Utilities Division's Technical Analysis section. The Technical Analysis section is responsible for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of all Demand Side Management (DSM) resources, which includes energy efficiency and demand response. They review new and existing utility programs and track the impact on resource requirements and utility investments. They review utility forecasts of energy, water, and natural gas usage and will also participate in customer self-generation and rate design cases. The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical thinking, written, and communication skills. 

This position is eligible for the state benefits package, including: 
  • Excellent low-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance 
  • Generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start
  • Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) 
  • Paid parental leave
  • Eleven paid holidays per year
  • Participation in one of the nation's best state retirement systems
  • Multiple savings plans 
  • Life insurance
  • Wellness programs; ongoing training opportunities; and more

Example of Duties

1. Formal case assignments. Typical responsibilities: analyze utility company applications and financial schedules and assist in determining probable effects on intervenors, petitioners, and rate-payers; identify issues to be addressed and plans investigation; research, analyze, and compile statistical data for development of economic models and elasticity estimates; identify probability of company-proposed rates producing a predetermined level of increase; evaluate fairness and reasonableness of proposed rate structures; research regulatory decisions and trends concerning issues in pending cases; evaluate service improvements likely to result from technological changes; evaluate cost responsibility for plant replacements/additions; assist in conducting cost-of-service studies; assist in designing alternative rate proposals and service options; assist the Technical Analysis team negotiate settlement of key issues with utility managers and attorneys.

2. Program implementation, policy review, and complaint resolution. Typical responsibilities: Assist Technical Analysis team design and recommend procedures that companies should follow to comply with Commission rules and Idaho state law; analyze proposed changes to tariffs for revenue effect, customer impact, changes in expense levels, and technical feasibility; identify engineering problems in service-quality complaints; determine if tariff violations exist; mediate and negotiate resolutions of customer complaints; examine commission policy and history of previous commission action; analyze appropriateness of utility separation of costs and revenues.
Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of:
  • Electric, Natural Gas, or Water Programs
  • Writing analytical or research reports
  • Using computer software to perform mathematical forecasting and/or mathematical analyses
  • Making oral presentations before groups