Resource Planner*

Company Name: City of Palo Alto Utilities
Phone Number: (650) 329-2689
City: Palo Alto
State/Provence: California
Zip: 94301
Job Title: Resource Planner*
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Energy Services / Energy Efficiency
Posting Start Date: October 13, 2017
Salary: Depends on Qualifications*
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department is seeking a strong analyst with a passion for energy and/or water to join its Resource Planning group. The City of Palo Alto has provided a full range of utility services (electric, gas, water, and sewer) for over 100 years, and is one of the only publicly-owned gas utilities in the State of California. It has been on the forefront of sustainability, with 100% carbon neutral electric and gas portfolio goals and an award winning solar program and is working to address long term business planning challenges related to sustainability and the long-term need to maintain safety, reliability, and reasonable rates. The Resource Planning group within the Resource Management Division has a key role in helping meet these challenges. Resource Planning is a group of eleven analysts responsible for managing the City’s water, gas, and electricity supply. The group is also responsible for financial forecasting and design of customer programs focused on efficiency and sustainability. Experience and interest in electric supply portfolio management, water supply management, or rate design is desirable.

The Resource Planning Group within the Resource Management Division has a key role in helping CPAU meet these challenges. Resource Planning is a group of eleven analysts responsible for:

  • Electric supply portfolio management, including resource planning and forecasting, contract origination, forward trading of energy, capacity, and other products, contract management, settlements, compliance reporting, and cap and trade compliance.
  • Water supply portfolio management, including managing the City’s water supply contract for water from the Hetch-Hetchy system, updating the City’s Urban Water Management Plan, and evaluating alternative sources of water supply such as recycled water.
  • Gas supply portfolio management, including gas procurement, managing the City’s Carbon Neutral Gas Portfolio and buying carbon offsets, cap and trade compliance, and regulatory advocacy to ensure cost-effectiveness of the City’s gas transmission rights.
  • Managing relationships with partner agencies involved in commodity supply management, such as Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD).
  • Load forecasting, financial forecasting, and rate setting for the electric, gas, water, and sewer utilities.
  • Customer program design, including energy efficiency, local distributed generation programs, distributed energy resource planning, electric vehicles and building electrification.

CPAU is seeking a Resource Planner to join this group. Assignments will be based on the skills of the chosen applicant and department need, but experience and interest in electric supply portfolio management, water supply management, or rate design is preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate and collaborate with business partners and suppliers is also desirable.

The City of Palo Alto Utilities – Resource Management division is recruiting for one full-time Resource Planner position. Depending on candidates’ qualifications and experience, this position may also be filled at the Associate Resource Planner or Assistant Resource Planner level.

Job Title                                 Salary Range
Resource Planner                   $48.61 – $59.67
Associate Resource Planner  $37.55 – $46.10
Assistant Resource Planner   $36.98 – $45.41

Reports To: Senior Resource Planner
Supervises: Non-supervisory position

Experience Required:

Minimum QualificationsSufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through:

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Special Requirements:

  • Valid California driver’s license.

Ideal Candidate

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate and collaborate with business partners and suppliers is desirable. Experience in one or more of the following areas is also desirable: understanding of the CAISO market, energy procurement and contract management, CAISO energy settlements, water supply planning and regulatory compliance, water efficiency, utility accounting, rate setting, or utility cost of service. Skills or experience with business data analysis are also highly desirable.

Posting End Date: October 30, 2017