Employer: California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) – Office of Ratepayer Advocates
Under the general direction of the Program & Project Supervisor, the incumbent’s primary assignments are related to electricity pricing. The incumbent may be assigned work in other areas and branches of the organization, as directed.The essential functions include:Conduct research and analysis through systematic application and interpretation of standard economic, statistical, and financial theories.Make appropriate recommendations on public utility regulatory issues and challenges of limited scope.Carry out assignments, providing accurate status reports and meeting internal and external deadlines.Maintain organized electronic and hard copy files and ensure appropriate treatment of confidential files.Write and defend testimony in formal evidentiary hearings covering areas of limited scope and controversy.Coordinate with attorneys on litigation strategy and cross-examination of utility and intervenor witnesses and providing input on opening and reply briefs.Write protests to advice letters and other utility filings.Present ideas, research, analysis, findings, and recommendations orally and in writing, and applying visual representation techniques when necessary.Support the organizations advocacy at intra-agency and inter-agency conferences, workshops, public meetings.Communicate at the staff-level within the CPUC, utilities, intervenor organizations, and other agencies.Attend training, complete agency work tracking system entries, and perform other duties as required.Able to use communications-related technologies, including personal computer applications, telecommunications equipment, Internet, voicemail, email, etc.Able to travel on business.Department InformationPublic Advocates Office/Electricity Pricing and Customer Programs/Rate Design:The Public Advocate’s Office is the independent consumer advocate at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Public Advocate’s Office’s mandate is to obtain the lowest possible rates for utility services consistent with reliable and safe service levels and the state’s environmental goals. The Public Advocate’s Office represents residential and small business ratepayer interests in Commission policy-making proceedings and processes (e.g. workshops, rulemakings, investigations, utility applications, hearings, advice letters, committee and stakeholder meetings, and other forums). These proceedings and processes set rates, rules, policies, and regulations.The Electricity Pricing and Customer Programs Branch is responsible for representing customers’ interests in customer programs and rate design issues. The Rate Design section addresses proceedings that modify existing or adopt new rate options for customers.Please visit www.publicadvocates.cpuc.ca.gov for more information on the Public Advocates Office.