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Expert Strategic Analyst

LocationOakland, California;

Requisition ID # 136381 

Job Category: Business Operations / Strategy 

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Energy Policy & Procurement

Job Location: Oakland

Department Overview

Energy Policy & Procurement (EPP) secures electricity and natural gas from wholesale markets for PG&E customers to ensure system reliability. In addition, EPP is responsible for long-term planning, risk management, and compliance functions related to PG&E’s energy portfolio.

The Resource Forecasting Analyst position resides within the Portfolio and Resource Forecasting (PRF) team. PRF is responsible for forecasting volumes, costs and impacts of demand- and supply-side energy resources and portfolio positions for commodity market products and services and compliance instruments. The team is also responsible for market assessment of supply-side and demand-side energy resources. PRF supports long-term planning for supply-side and demand-side resources, electric transmission and distribution infrastructure, and business strategies to meet the future energy needs of PG&E’s customers reliably, at a reasonable cost, and consistent with company and regulatory/legislative environmental policies.

Position Summary

PG&E is seeking a highly motivated Analyst with a unique combination of subject matter expertise in distributed energy resources, analytics, data management and visualization, and the regulated utility business environment.

The California energy landscape is rapidly evolving in response to the convergence of policy, technology and customer trends that are driving toward a cleaner and more decentralized energy future.  The analyst will be part of a dynamic and innovative team responsible for quantifying the adoption and impact of emerging customer energy choices (e.g., electric vehicles, energy storage, microgrids, rooftop solar energy, energy efficiency and building electrification). The team’s forecasts are critical inputs in PG&E’s development long-term business strategies, energy supply portfolios and infrastructure plans.

The analyst will support senior team members and stakeholders in developing innovative, data-driven, forecasts of customer energy resources, and identifying emerging energy technologies and trends. The analyst will conduct market and policy research to identify and quantify critical inputs and assumptions for energy technology forecasts. They will also lead the team’s efforts to explore large sets of energy technology, customer energy usage, customer behavior and customer demographics data to reveal insights that define the key inputs and assumptions in PG&E’s energy resource forecasts. The analyst will also develop analytic platforms and data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau dashboards) for forecast production and delivery. Finally, the analyst will support the team’s efforts to continuously improve the efficiency, quality and client service around its forecasts.

The successful candidate will embody a balance of analytic capability, ambition, intellectual curiosity, structured thinking, written and verbal communication skills, and team-orientation.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Forecasting Analysis: Generate high-value business insights by identifying, framing and executing analyses related to the forecast inputs, assumptions and scenarios for various customer energy technologies. Create analytic tools for in consultation with team members. Conduct systematic assessments of the energy technology landscape. Communicate results.
  2. Data Management and Visualization: Access, extract, clean and explore large data sets related to energy technologies, customer demographics, customer decision making and customer energy use patterns. Communicate approaches and findings and provide guidance to the team of analysts.  Build tools to visualize forecasts.
  3. Continuous Improvement: Drive continuous improvement to forecasting to increase the efficiency, persuasiveness and pervasiveness of energy resource forecasting. Research and document forecasting best practices, client use-cases, product specifications, analytical methods, processes, and platforms for production and delivery of forecasts. 

Qualifications

Minimum:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Economics, Business or related disciplines or equivalent work experience
  • 6 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated experience performing energy-related quantitative analysis

Desired:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated project, process or product management experience
  • Work experience at electric or natural gas utilities, independent power producers, wholesale energy market participants, regulatory agencies, consulting firms, or similar organizations
  • Advanced understanding of PG&E’s business model, including interdependencies and interrelationships of the electric and natural gas industries and supply/demand-side businesses
  • Strong familiarity with California regulatory context for investor-owned utilities
  • Demonstrated experience communicating complex information clearly, concisely, and effectively to officer-level stakeholders and external public policy makers
  • Expertise in one or more of the following fields: Behind the meter distributed generation and storage; building electrification and energy efficiency; or transportation electrification.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Working knowledge of advanced applications programming: Python, R, SQL, SAS, Stata, Matlab or other data analysis/statistical software

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