The Distributed Resource Planning (DRP) Team integrates a diverse set of activities in the field of distributed energy resources (DERs) under a single, consistent analytical framework to support PGE’s near-term and long-term planning and market engagement strategies. The DRP Team establishes, plans and values distributed energy resources, while serving as a subject matter expert on DERs throughout PGE and with external stakeholders, regulators, and customers. Core activities under the DRP Team include forecasting DER market size and customer adoption, establishing valuation methodologies to reflect market and regulatory developments, technical outreach and facilitation, community engagement, and leading the integration of DERs into the PGE’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and traditional Distribution System Planning (DSP) process.
The Strategy and Planning Analyst role will specialize in the integration of DERs into PGE’s IRP, load forecasting, DSP, and program/product planning. This role will perform technical analysis and reporting of DER resources using Excel and other modeling/software applications, as appropriate. This role will work across PGE departments with different subject matter experts in order to leverage institutional knowledge and proactively anticipate cross-functional data, analytics and information needs related to DER adoption. The position will be required to define and design business processes where they do not exist and are needed to support business objectives. The role will manage and participate in a variety of DER related projects, develop customized analytics, data, and visualizations, conduct compliance reporting, and ensure data security and integrity. This role will ensure all data is consistent, defensible and transparent. The position will be responsible for defending assumptions, methodologies, and data sources related to DERs. Lastly, this role will maintain strong relationships with regulators, customers, communities, and interested stakeholders needed to assist in advancing PGE company initiatives, as well as regulatory policy goals. We are filling two roles, one at a senior level and one at an associate level.
- Evaluates DER resource needs to meet forecasted loads and load patterns; and how DERs can and do contribute to both supply-side and demand-side solutions, performs technical and economic analysis of resource options using simulation models to evaluate and identify the optimal mix of resources that support corporate objectives and meet applicable regulatory rules and guidelines.
- Collaborates with other PGE departments as necessary to Usesutilize Excel and/or simulation models/tools to evaluate the cost and risk of multiple DER portfolio scenarios (use simulation/portfolio optimization models, coordinate with Strategic Asset Management and Corporate Finance teams to leverage existing risk and financial metrics); contributes to the formulation of long-term resource strategies.
- Recommends improvements to analytical and evaluation approaches to better capture and understand the trade-offs between different supply, demand, energy and capacity resource options.
- Tracks status of new generation projects and resource options in the Pacific Northwest.
- Contributes technical analyses to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), Distributed System Planning (DSP), Load Forecasting, and Cost-effectiveness resource action plans and other technical and administrative reports and recommendations. Ensures personal technical work products meets all analytical and procedural requirements, including Oregon Public Utilities Commission (OPUC) and other state and federal requirements. Prepares graphic displays for use in presentation of study results and recommendations.
- Conducts analysis to identify, quantify or otherwise support long-term PGE strategic objectives.
- Conducts analysis to support the identification of near-term targets consistent with PGE’s long-term strategic objectives.
- Provides complex analyses for individual resource and project investment decisions and commercial activities.
- Contributes to the development and implementation of procurement processes to evaluate and select new supply and demand-side alternatives to meet the resource requirements identified in the IRP.
- Requires a bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering, environmental science or related financial technical or scientific discipline or equivalent experience combination of education and experience in related field.
- Typically, two or more years in utility or similar energy sector experience in the area(s) of distributed energy resources, energy conservation, engineering, power operations, economic forecasting, accounting, finance or regulatory affairs or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience for the Associate level.
- Typically, five or more years in utility or similar energy sector experience in the area(s) of distributed energy resources, energy conservation, engineering, power operations, economic forecasting, accounting, finance or regulatory affairs or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience for the Senior level.
- Highly proficient in Excel, specifically has the ability to utilize Excel formulas to summarize large dataset and build tools and models.
- Experience working with cross-functional teams.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to solve practical problems and to deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization, information or data exists.
- Skilled in analytical and strategic thinking.