Principal Economist (DER & Policy Forecasting)

Duration - Full-Time Job

The Analytics & Load Forecasting team produces electric and gas forecasts. As a Principal Economist, DER & Policy Forecasting, you will ill lead the development of long-term forecasts for distributed resources (including solar PV, energy efficiency, demand response, EVs, storage, etc.), and create long-term outlooks for policy based decarbonization goals for our US service territory. You will support the long-term electric and gas load forecasting teams in integrating DERs and decarbonization forecasts into the long-term forecasts.  You will work with the distributed resource, DSM, strategy teams, and other internal and external stakeholders to ensure that DER and decarbonization policies and programs are properly modeled.

  • Lead development of long-term forecasts for distributed resources (including solar PV, energy efficiency, demand response, EVs, storage, etc.), and create long-term outlooks for policy based decarbonization goals.
  • Perform additional analysis relating to DERs, DSM, and decarbonization policies in the forecast as necessary.
  • Work with the electric and gas forecasting teams to ensure the electric and gas load forecasts properly account for distributed energy resources and new technologies and policies.
  • Update forecast processes and documentation to ensure they are efficient, reviewable, and reliable.
  • Provide expert testimony before regulators and defend the forecasts.
  • Respond to data request from regulatory bodies for rate cases and other proceedings. 
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders (including supply, engineering, regulatory, strategy) regarding forecast methodology and analysis and ensure our deliverables meet their needs. 
  • Stay current in all policies, regulatory requirements, market trends, and industry standards regarding customer energy use and technologies and programs impacting that use, such as energy efficiency and demand response.
  • Supervisory/Interpersonal Experience Required
  • Effective communication skills including the ability to make persuasive presentations to small and large audience.
  • Track record of developing working relationships quickly and effectively both internally and externally.
  • Ability to operate and build relationships across all levels of the organization.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in statistics, applied analytics, engineering or related quantitatively rigorous field.
  • 5 or more years of relevant energy industry experience in a regulated setting with direct interaction with regulators preferred.
  • Experience with policy or forecasting distributed resources (e.g. PV, EV, energy efficiency, demand response, electrification of heat, etc.) preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with econometric or statistical forecasting or modelling preferred. Experience in energy load forecasting preferred.
  • Good understanding of operations and the regulatory environment preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to testify before regulators and respond to regulatory data requests. 
  • Ability to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Expertise in statistical programming software such as R, SAS, Python preferred.
  • Advanced Excel skills required