Responsible for assisting the Manager, Energy Policy and Federal Affairs and other teams within Tri-State including Government Relations and Environmental Policy to track federal, state, or local policy and regulatory proposals related to carbon dioxide emissions or clean energy requirements, and to identify the need for and assist with coordinating the technical analysis of operational, economic, legal, and reliability impacts proposals may have on Tri-State's operations and business, and other broad based electric utility operations.
Note: There is one position available and the position will be filled at one of two job grade levels: Energy Policy Analyst I, job grade NB18 or Energy Policy Analyst II, job grade NB20. This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected, and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.
Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Work Schedules, Life Insurance, Retirement Option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.
Energy Policy Analyst II
Hiring Salary Range:$74,000-$92,000
Energy Policy Analyst I
Hiring Salary Range: $61,000-$76,000
Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring range based upon work experience, education, and/or skill level
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Track legislative and regulatory proposals related to carbon dioxide reduction and clean energy requirements across the states Tri-State maintains operations in and at the federal level.
Regularly provide updates on proposals including current status and summary of the proposal to relevant Tri-State staff.
Lead analysis of prominent proposals, including coordinating across relevant Tri-State departments, to identify impacts, risks, and opportunities to Tri-State's business and operations. This may include identifying the need for and then coordinating technical and data analysis for things like emissions, costs, clean energy credits, compliance timelines, and energy needs.
Provide options for amending proposals, where appropriate, to better align with Tri-State's Responsible Energy Plan and strategic direction that may be used in legislative or regulatory negotiations.
Provide analysis and summaries to other energy and climate regulatory and legislative proposals as assigned, including on energy technology, beneficial electrification, the Federal Power Act, the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act, and others.
Remain knowledgeable about current trends and prominent topics related to energy and climate policy specifically to electric cooperatives and the electric utility, as well as to other economic sectors, including environmental justice.
Assist the Manager, Energy Policy and Federal Affairs and the Government Relations team in tracking legislation as needed, including contributing to the monthly report to the Board of Directors.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
May attend meetings with outside stakeholders when discussing energy and climate policy proposals.
If assigned, may represent Tri-State at conferences or seminars revolving around energy and climate discussions.
Create presentations or other documents used to educated internal and external audiences on Tri-State's work regarding emission reductions, Tri-State's Responsible Energy Plan, or on regulatory or legislative policies advancing.
Perform other related duties as assigned
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.
Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Training:
Bachelor's degree in public policy, physical or biological sciences, economics, engineering, or related area, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Ability to read and interpret environmental statutes and regulations including, but not limited to, the Clean Air Act, Federal Power Act, Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act, Rural Electrification Act, and other state or local based policies.
Previous experience providing technical and data analysis through Excel or other programs to analyze emissions, costs, compliance, and other factors of energy and climate proposals or laws and regulations.
Effective skills in verbal and written communication with management, regulatory agencies, scientists, public policy experts and non-scientists.
Excellent team work abilities, including team development, allowing the individual to work successfully with multidisciplinary staff, contracted resources, and the scientific and technical community at large.
Ability to analyze and strategize issues.
Excellent public interaction and speaking skills.
Working knowledge of the PC and corresponding business software, including word processing and spreadsheets.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships.
Two and one half (2 1/2) - Five (5) years (or equivalent combination of experience and education). Those with less experience will be hired at the Energy Policy Analyst I job grade level, as appropriate.
Willingness to travel up to 20 percent of the time on an annual basis. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)
Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
While rare, this position may require some work on weekends or evening depending on pace at which policy proposals may be moving at the state or federal level.
DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
General knowledge of rural electric utility programs and operations, and the larger utility industry as a whole.
General knowledge of common energy and climate policies and proposals, including differentiating the types of policy tools that may be used to address carbon dioxide emissions.
General knowledge of the policy process at the federal and state level.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level up to 10 lbs., climb stairs and ladders and push/pull up to 50 lbs. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Incumbent must have finger dexterity, good vision, good color vision, good hearing, and ability to speak clearly, and handle intricate work.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is occasionally exposed to dust/dirt, fumes, chemicals, vibrations, noise, poor ventilation, working at heights, and exposed to electrical risks.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.