South Carolina Coastal Conservation League
Utility Regulation Analyst
Classification: Full-time, salaried
Reports to: Energy & Climate Program Director
The Coastal Conservation League is a nonprofit conservation organization that works with communities, elected officials, businesses, and citizen groups to protect the natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean air and water, and quality of life along the South Carolina coast. For over a decade, we have been a leading environmental intervenor in South Carolina Public Service Commission proceedings concerning energy efficiency, renewable energy, and utility planning. We also have helped write and implement the laws that govern these subjects in South Carolina and have led the campaign to stop attempts to federally-impose offshore oil and gas drilling along the South Carolina coast.
The Coastal Conservation League is searching for a full-time Utility Regulatory Analyst who will be based in our Columbia office. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter and a team player who enjoys working in a fast-paced, social, dynamic work environment and managing diverse projects in an intense high-pressure setting. He/she must demonstrate creative problem-solving skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and constant attention to detail. This position reports to the Energy and Climate Program Director.
Summary of Duties:
The Utility Regulation Analyst is responsible for conducting research and analysis relating to electric utility resource planning and ratemaking and policies related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, and promoting a socially just transition to a clean energy economy. The Analyst works with the Energy & Climate Program Director, Conservation League legal counsel, partner organizations, and consultants as applicable to present findings and recommendations to stakeholders and decision makers in support of organizational goals.
Principal responsibilities will include:
- Helping to develop overall and docket-specific regulatory goals and strategy in support of organizational goals.
- Planing and conducting technical research and analysis in support of regulatory goals.
- Drafting, reviewing, and presenting findings and recommendations in support of regulatory goals.
- Communicating with Energy & Climate Program staff and other Conservation League staff, Conservation League legal counsel, partner organizations, consultants, state regulatory staff and other government staff, utility personnel, the business community, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and media in support of regulatory goals.
- Participating in legislative and state agency initiatives that may significantly influence utility policy or regulation.
- Serving as a technical resource for Energy & Climate Program staff and other Conservation League staff engaged in state and local legislative efforts relating to utility policy and regulation.
- May serve as an expert or liason in efforts to pursue energy efficiency opportunities with agencies, organizations, or other partners outside the utility regulatory sphere.
Duties will include:
- Tracking South Carolina utility policy and regulatory developments through attendance at relevant hearings, meetings, conferences, and other events, and through review of relevant publications, regulatory filings, and media.
- Maintaining current knowledge of national and regional electric sector policy, regulatory, and market developments.
- Assessing near- and long-term electric sector clean energy potential in SC.
- Identifying regulatory barriers to deployment of clean energy in SC electric sector.
- Developing strategies for overcoming barriers to deployment of clean energy in SC electric sector.
- Identifying Public Service Commission dockets of strategic importance.
- Conducting technical research and analysis to inform content of docket filings.
- Coordinating with partners and consultants to inform content of docket filings.
- Drafting, reviewing and editing comment letters, testimony, and exhibits for docket filings.
- Organizing and/or participating in meetings with utilities, regulatory staff, other government staff, business leaders, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and media relating to utility policy and regulation.
- Providing technical and strategic input within Conservation League legislative efforts relating to utility policy and regulation.
- Knowledge of cost-of-service ratemaking.
- Knowledge of electric utility energy efficiency, distributed generation, and planning policy.
- Knowledge of economic and financial analysis methods.
- Ability to communicate technical information to a variety of audiences.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Strong quantitative analysis skills.
The job normally operates in a professional office environment; the covid 19 crisis may alter normal operations. This role routinely uses technology equipment such as computers, projectors, and conference lines. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend meetings, hearings, lunches, and events.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
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Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
- At least 3 years experience related to utility ratemaking and/or economic analysis.
Preferred Education and Experience
- Graduate degree in relevant field.
- 10 years experience related to utility ratemaking and/or economic analysis.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.