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Energy System Modeler - JC-424325

Energy Division/ Electric Planning and Market Design Branch/ Energy Resource Modeling:

If you are new to state service or need to gain eligibility to these classifications, please click PURA II or PURA I to open the examination bulletin and follow the instructions on “How to apply”.   

Under direction Program and Project Supervisor and guidance of senior analysts, the Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst II (PURA II) will advise and assist high-level decision-makers such as Commissioners, Judges, and Energy Division management. The analyst will perform analytical modeling to support implementation of Senate Bill No. 846 (SB 846) and Senate Bill No. 100 (SB 100). The incumbent will develop data and cases for cost and reliability modeling to support reliability and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction in the energy system. The analyst acts as a backup and participates as a team member on major long-term projects and programs.

The analyst will assist new modeling to rapidly evaluate changing grid needs as climate change escalates. New renewable and storage resources are added to the grid and planning is needed for decarbonization and investment in additional reliability goals and clean energy resources. The incumbent will assist modeling and other statistical analysis to adequately plan for reliability and service of the energy system, including the electric and natural gas system. They will help to plan for investments to bolster the reliability of the electric and gas system and changes to the operation of the grid even as average demand drops due to decarbonization, as well as help identify alternate scenarios to meet SB 846 and SB 100 goals with a variety of resource portfolios and investment scenarios.

The analyst will also perform the following tasks:

  • Act as a project support and prepare written reports and analyses on economic, policy and/or technical issues related to the state's integrated resource planning programs.
  • Support complex regulatory proceedings as well as assist teams working on analytical projects in support of the proceeding
  • Assist in performing or reviewing modeling and analysis to assess impacts of decarbonization and climate change on energy planning and determine optimal clean energy investments on the transmission and distribution system to enact state energy policy goals.
  • Develop and promote energy reliability planning and procurement efforts in Energy Division as well as coordinate policies and investments with other state, tribal and federal governments to fulfill meet reliability goals.
  • Review modeling and analysis performed by other state agencies, as well as stakeholders and outside parties to make sure California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision makers and management have the best information to conduct regulatory proceedings.
  • Write and edit reports with lead analysts, coordinating with other California organizations and agencies (e.g., the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, California Independent System Operator), and responding to outside inquiries.

Please note: this is a limited-term position where funding expires on 06/30/2025, but may become permanent based upon funding.


You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.


Application To-Dos:

  1. Create a CalCareers account if you haven't already
  2. Take the exam for the classification you're applying for - PURA I or PURA II
  3. Fill out the STD 678 form within your CalCareers application. Please note - simply submitting your resume will not count. The STD 678 is the legal document we will use to review your application.
  4. Attach your resume and Statement of Qualifications (SOQs) within your CalCareers application:
    • Answer the following prompts:
      • 1. Describe any experience with using statistical data or analytical code or models to analyze data or solve problems.
      • 2. Describe your training in school or experience in previous jobs on energy policy and the fundamentals of energy markets (preferably California markets).
      • 3. Describe your experience gathering data and synthesizing information, and conducting complex economic, regulatory, and financial analyses.
    • Ensure your SOQ is formatted with the following requirements:
      • 11-point Arial font
      • Single-spaced
      • No more than two pages
  5. Submit your application by the final filing date: April 11, 2024 at 11:59 PM PT