California Regulatory Affairs Associate

13 Nov, 2020


California Regulatory Affairs Associate

California ISO
Folsom, CA

Company Description

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) manages the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines that make up 80 percent of California’s power grid. We safeguard the economy and well-being of 30 million Californians by operating the grid reliably 24/7.

As the impartial grid operator, the California ISO opens access to the wholesale power market that is designed to diversify resources and lower prices. It also grants equal access to 25,865 circuit-miles of power lines and reduces barriers to diverse resources competing to bring power to customers.

The California ISO operates independently—managing the electron traffic on a power grid we do not own—making sure electricity is safely delivered to utilities and consumers on time and reliably.

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Director, is responsible for managing ISO engagement in California regulatory agency proceedings and initiatives.  Ensures regulatory direction and decisions recognize the ISO’s reliability mandate, market, operational, and planning responsibilities.  Performs analyses on existing and proposed regulations.  In addition, serves as the California regulatory affairs liaison to internal teams.  Position requires participation in paid on-call rotation.

What’s In It For You?

  • An opportunity to work on interesting and challenging assignments involving the mathematical and economic analysis of the California ISO markets.
  • You will play a key role in the strategic vision of the California ISO.
  • Join an innovative organization that is working hard at keeping its reputation as a leader in the energy industry!

Your Work Would Consist Of:

  • Monitor regulatory proceedings and initiatives by providing timely summaries of concepts and party comments for ISO team and leadership review, plan and lead meetings to coordinate ISO engagement and comments, develop timelines and overall management of ISO public facing engagement (including written formal comments, analyses and presentations filed at the regulatory agencies, written ex parte communications, etc.), draft comments and conduct quantitative supporting analyses.  As needed, attend proceeding or project meetings and workshops at the regulatory agencies.
  • Master concepts, practices, and procedures of state regulatory proceedings as well as ISO functional concepts such as electricity market, operational, infrastructure & planning, and settlements rules to effectively advocate for ISO positions at the regulatory agencies.
  • Serves as the California Regulatory Affairs liaison for ISO market design, transmission planning, and/or other stakeholder initiatives as assigned by the Director.  Attend internal team meetings, public stakeholder meetings and calls, and read initiative papers to identify areas of regulatory interest and keep the California Regulatory Affairs department informed of proposed changes.  Master concepts and proposals introduced in these initiatives to identify potential challenges to regulatory strategy and ensure such challenges are addressed before new rules and policies are finalized.  Conduct quantitative supporting analyses as needed.
  • Participate in paid on-call rotation and other job-related duties as assigned.


Level of Education and Discipline:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS) or equivalent education, training or experience in Economics, Engineering, Business or related field.

Amount of Experience:

  • This is an entry level position and no experience is required
  • Internship and project experience strongly preferred.

Type of Experience

  •  Economic or engineering analysis of complex issues.
  • Experience writing and presenting technical proposals and reports to diverse audiences.
  • Experience in team environment to resolve complex problems.
  • Developing and managing project plans to meet established milestones and objectives.
  • Experience or study of the electric utility industry or regulatory processes is welcome.

Additional skills and abilities

  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment as facilitator and team member.
  • Excellent analytical, verbal and written communication and documentation skills required, with a demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Quantitative and/or programming skills preferred.
  • Ability to use deductive reasoning and analytical thinking with sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills are also essential.
  • Must be self-starting and willing and able to work independently in a dynamic corporate organization under pressure of tight deadlines and aggressive expectations.
  • Self-motivated, problem solving skills and the ability to influence others without direct authority.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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Job posted: 2020-11-13