The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission), a leading utility regulatory agency, is looking for a talented Economist with utility or regulatory experience, who can make a professional difference in the Nation’s Capital. As an Economist, you will be involved in a challenging variety of utility regulatory projects, including: electric and gas rate design issues, ongoing economic analysis and monitoring efforts for electric and gas utility rate increase applications and multi-billion dollar projects of infrastructure upgrades, electric and gas distribution strategic initiatives, as well as distributed energy resource (DER) programs, including demand response, renewable energy sources, energy storage, microgrids, energy efficiency, etc.
In this role, you will have an opportunity to interface with key stakeholders from federal and state agencies, including other state public service commissions, FERC, DOE, and the credit rating agencies. You will also interface with professionals of Fortune 500 energy companies, energy developers and providers, as well as regulatory professionals from across the Nation. You will have opportunities to gain significant industry exposure and unmatched professional experience as a member of a leading regulatory agency with a proud 100+ year history of regulatory excellence.
This position is in the Office of Economics within the Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis (OTRA) of the Commission. The Commission regulates the utilities and competitive companies that provide natural gas, electricity, and telecommunications services to District of Columbia ratepayers. The mission of the Commission is to serve the public interest by ensuring that financially healthy utilities provide safe, reliable and quality utility services at reasonable rates for District customers, while fostering grid modernization, conservation of natural resources, preservation of environmental quality, and advancement of the District's climate policy goals. OTRA advises the Commissioners on economic, accounting/financial, engineering, and compliance/enforcement issues in formal cases.
Professional knowledge of concepts, methods and techniques sufficient to provide technical consultations and assistance as necessary to promote enhanced economic advisory services information. Knowledge of and skill in the application of analytical and evaluative concepts, methods, techniques, and practices as needed in the review of regulatory filings such as Commission orders, FERC orders, and proposed rulemakings by state and federal administrative authorities. Knowledge of utility restructuring, market power, mergers and acquisitions, cost of service, rate design and other utility industry issues. Knowledge of Commission rules, practices, and regulations. Knowledge and skill in econometrics and use of database programs, statistical programs, spreadsheet programs, and word processing programs. Ability to identify and evaluate economic issues from complex factual situations. Research skills necessary in communicating precisely and effectively, both orally and in writing. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in economics or related field with significant economics course work.
Additional Salary Information: This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME, District Council 20, and you may elect to join the union.
Internal Number: 11919
About Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia
The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC) was originally established by Congress in 1913 and was reaffirmed by Congress as an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government in the District of Columbia Home Rule Charter in 1973. The PSC functions as an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the District of Columbia Government.
The mission of the PSC is to serve the public interest by ensuring that financially healthy electric, natural gas, and telecommunications companies provide safe, reliable, and quality services at reasonable rates for District of Columbia residential, business, and government customers.