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Utilities Analyst, PUC - Engineering

Utilities Analyst, PUC

Public Utilities Commission

Open for Recruitment: January 20, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 04552026399
Salary Range: Depends on Experience -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Public Utilities Commission is seeking a Utilities Analyst to join their Engineering section.  The Engineering section develops computer models of utility operations and compares alternative costs to repair, replace and acquire facilities to serve utility customers. The group establishes the price of acquiring cogeneration and renewable generation facilities and identifies the cost of serving various types of customers. They evaluate the adequacy of utility services and frequently help resolve customer complaints.

The salary range for the pay grade this position is assigned to is $22.02 - $39.33 per hour.

If you are interested in the current opening, you must apply to this announcement.  Previous or other current applications will not be considered.

This announcement will remain open until the position is filled.  Please apply as soon as possible to ensure you are considered.  The initial application review will begin February 6, 2017.  


  • Analyzes utility company applications and financial schedules to determine probable effects on intervenors, petitioners, and rate-payers
  • Defines issues to be addressed and plans investigation; researches, analyzes, and compiles statistical data for development of economic models and elasticity estimates
  • Determines probability of company-proposed rates producing a predetermined level of increase
  • Evaluates fairness and reasonableness of proposed rate structures
  • Researches regulatory decisions and trends concerning issues in pending cases
  • Evaluates service improvements likely to result from technological changes
  • Evaluates cost responsibility for plant replacements/additions; conducts cost-of-service studies
  • Designs alternative rate proposals and service options
  • Negotiates settlement of key issues with utility managers and attorneys
  • Constructs written testimony and exhibits
  • Testifies during public hearings and defends testimony during cross-examination; formulates strategy and questioning for cross-examination of company's witnesses
  • Designs and recommends procedures that companies should follow to comply with Commission rules and Idaho state law
  • Analyzes proposed changes to tariffs for revenue effect, customer impact, changes in expense levels, and technical feasibility
  • Determines if tariff violations exist
  • Mediates and negotiates resolutions of customer complaints
  • Explains commission policy and history of previous commission action
  • Analyzes appropriateness of utility separation of costs and revenues

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of:
    • The utility industry's services, operating characteristics, and engineering practices
    • Utility rate structures and rate design practices
  • Experience:
    • Interpreting and applying laws and regulations relative to the utility industry
    • Using computer models to perform mathematical analyses
    • Preparing detailed written reports
    • Making oral presentations before groups

The ideal candidate will have an Engineering Degree or equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities including experience:

  • Developing and evaluating complex operations or projects utilizing: engineering economic cost analysis; production operation, supply chain, or power cost simulation models; linear programming or other types of optimization models; statistical methods including linear regression, hypothesis testing, or analysis of variance.
  • Developing and evaluating complex spreadsheets to perform engineering level analysis of various technical, financial, or economic data.
  • Utilizing analytical problem solving to determine root cause on issues that are technical in nature or that require engineering knowledge to solve.


Education and Experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the spaces provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question addressing minimum requirements to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 45 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

To preview the exam, click on the “Preview Exam” link at the bottom of this page (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, please select:

  • Public Utilities Commission under "Agencies"
  • Full-time under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.


Preview Exam

At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.