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Distribution Planning and Energy Storage Analyst - JC-374798

Distribution Planning Branch / Grid Planning, Energy Storage and Non-Wires Alternative Section:

Would you like to contribute to achieving the state’s ambitious and internationally recognized clean energy and environmental goals? The California Public Utilities Commission is leading California’s efforts to achieve a 100 percent clean energy future by 2045. The Grid Planning Energy Storage, and Non-Wires Alternatives (GPSNWA) Section of the California Public Utilities Commission Energy Division develops and oversees programs and policies to modernize the distribution electric grid to maximize the value of distributed energy resources while maintaining safe, reliable, and affordable electric service and meeting the state's ambitious climate and energy goals.

The GPSNWA Section is in search of dynamic, creative team members to lead implementation of critical state policy development and research on distribution grid planning, distributed energy resource integration, grid modernization, electrification infrastructure planning, energy storage policy and procurement, and grid service market development. The GPSNWA section values strong analytical skills and seeks individuals that have experience and interest in data driven policy to decarbonization the electric sector. If energy or environmental sustainability is your passion, and you endeavor to contribute to California’s clean energy future, we encourage you to apply for our positions.

Under the general direction of the Project and Program Supervisor, the incumbent analyst will support the Grid Planning, Energy Storage, and Non-Wires Alternatives (GPSNWA) section in the development of work products that are used to advise and assist high-level decision-makers such as Commissioners, Judges, and Energy Division management. The incumbent will have lead and team level responsibility for oversight of utility distribution planning, distributed energy resource (DER) integration, electrification grid impact analysis, grid modernization, smart inverter operationalization, managing support contractors, and leading policy development for these areas. The incumbent may also be responsible for representing the Division in CAISO or CEC stakeholder processes where distribution planning issues are relevant. The incumbent may also be responsible for leading an/or supporting investigation and research of alternative models of distribution system operator roles, responsibilities and functions that best enables swift evolution of grid capabilities and operations to integrate higher levels of DER to meet the State’s 100 percent clean energy goals.

The incumbent will analyze data to determine if policy objectives have been met. The incumbent will make recommendations based on independent analysis of regulatory, policy, and technical issues. The incumbent will develop tools and solutions for the CPUC’s policy-setting rulemakings via a wide range of work products, review and provide feedback on proposed legislative bills, and/or work with a team that oversees implementation of programs that result from these CPUC and legislative processes. The incumbent will perform other work as necessary, such as writing and presenting reports, coordinating with other California organizations and agencies (e.g., the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, California Independent System Operator), and responding to outside inquiries.