CPUC : Senior Energy Efficiency Analyst
Job Description and Duties
With a climate crisis that requires evolution of our electric grid, Commission policy must allow for innovation to design a reliable, affordable, and safe transformation of the electric grid to carbon-free in California. The energy efficiency program administrators regulated by the Commission include investor owned electric and gas utilities, networks of local governments (Regional Energy Networks), and Community Choice Aggregators. The majority of energy efficiency programs have been designed and administered by investor-owned utilities (IOUs) alongside subcontractors, community-based organizations, and local governments. In January 2018, in order to catalyze substantial additional energy savings needed to meet the legislated SB 350 goal to double 2030 energy savings, the Commission ruled that by 2022, 60% of energy efficiency programs are to be outsourced to third party entities to bring new and innovative program design and implementation strategies into the portfolio.
The Energy Division is seeking a Senior Analyst to execute the Commission vision of spurring innovative and effective energy efficiency programs in California. Under the general direction of the Program and Project Supervisor, the Senior Analyst will oversee the IOUs’ solicitations for third-party energy efficiency program administrators. In this role the incumbent will:
- Plan and manage projects with knowledge of the driving policies, timelines, and budgets, and appropriate decision-making and stakeholder processes.
- Articulate and communicate to team members assigned to third party solicitations necessary assignments, problems to be solved, milestones, issues under review, and timeframes for completion.
- Brief the third-party staff lead, Energy Division Management, Commissioners, and Administrative Law Judges on technical or practical implementation challenges, controversial issues and proposed solutions.
- Proactively anticipate risks and challenges and identify gaps and inconsistencies in performance and data needed to inform future policies.
The Senior Analyst will also support policy development and oversee the utilities’ implementation of other groundbreaking initiatives to support state’s energy efficiency goals and track progress toward these goals. The incumbent will:
- Conduct research and technical analyses including quantitative analyses
- Bring a critical thinking and process evaluation skillset to evaluate the efficacy of the Commission’s decision directed activities and develop and support proposals to refine existing and/or set new policies
- Review program and budget applications, manage utility requests and compliance actions via advice letters, analyzing legislative bills, and managing consultant contracts
- In these efforts, the Senior Analyst will collaborate with state and local government agencies that have shared mission in saving energy and/or building market acceptance through new innovative regulatory policies. The analyst will also take a broad and strategic view, and collaborate with other divisions across the Commission, to add value through considering the bigger picture state and commission goals. Specifically, we will work together to meet California’s goal of a carbon-free electric system by 2045 and through the Commission’s integrated resource planning effort, do so affordably, reliably, and safely.