Job Title: Vice President of Energy Resource Planning
Position Purpose and Objectives:
The VP Energy Resource Planning works under the general direction of the SVP Chief Energy Resource Officer (CERO). In collaboration with the CERO, manages the procurement, delivery, management and optimization of wholesale power supply. The VP Energy Resource Planning is responsible for leading the rate development process and strategy. This position actively works with other cooperatives and utilities to gain economies of scale on power supply costs to provide affordable and competitive rates.
Essential Job Functions:
Manages the analysis and development of retail and wholesale rates in all member classes for the purpose of decision making and rate structure proposals to the CERO.
Oversees the administration of the Wholesale Electric Services Contract (WESC) and is the primary point of contact with power suppliers.
Calculates and tracks retail rates, adjustments and recommends modification and changes as necessary to the CERO.
Audits and evaluates the Wholesale Power bills for accuracy.
Assists CERO and Finance with load growth and revenue forecast as it relates to each revenue class.
Develops short and long term wholesale power load profiles and forecasts.
Provides professional assistance to the CERO in strategic power supply planning including the purchase/sale of capacity and energy including pricing and rate implication of various options or contracts.
Serves as primary contact with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Western Area Power Administration, Balancing Authorities, wholesale power providers and other transmission providers.
Monitors regulatory environment for changes, e.g., FERC/NERC/WECC, RTO, Colorado PUC and recommends modifications or changes to United Power policies consistent with regulatory changes.
Advises CERO on contract/policy provisions and methods to maximize United Power revenue based on policy changes. Assists in the development of strategies to address issues.
Creates and maintains a positive working environment.
Performs other duties as may be requested or assigned to meet the needs of United Power in the interest of good management practices.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities and Required:
Ability to interpret complex contracts, tariffs, regulations, market rules.
Ability to understand engineering concepts related to operations and understand their implication in commercial transactions.
Strong quantitative and analytical skills as well as demonstrated expertise in developing Excel-based pricing models.
Demonstrated advanced knowledge of electric utility operations, including pricing, forecasting, rate structures, and energy management.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to demonstrate a professional image as well as excellent presentation skills, including the ability to listen, comprehend, and develop creative solutions to complex internal and external issues. Must possess strong organizational skills.
Advanced Microsoft Office and computer skills.
Ability to interpret and administer policies, processes and procedures that may affect work units across the organization.
Ability to act with general direction set by the chief energy resource officer.
Must have valid Colorado driver’s license.
Essential Physical and Mental Demands:
This job is generally performed inside an office building at normal temperature ranges seventy-five percent (75%) of the time, twenty-five percent (25%) of the time will be outdoors or in a vehicle while going to a meeting or appointment. Noise level is often 50-60 decibels, which is that of normal conversation. Occasional travel by airplane may be required.
Requires repetitive motions with hands and fingers such as keyboarding, use of telephones, cell phones, etc.
Requires close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus.
Noise level in work environment is moderate. Work requires close attention to detail and accuracy and is varied in nature with regular interruptions. Work is subject to regular (irregular) hours.
Ability to drive and operates controls when driving a vehicle.
Talking clearly in an ordinary tone is done constantly daily. Hearing ordinary conversations is also necessary on a constant basis.
Seeing near is frequently important when reading, writing and working on a computer. Seeing far, depth perception, eye accommodation, color vision and field of vision are necessary when frequently driving a vehicle.
Mental abilities that are very necessary to competently perform this job are alertness, precision, ingenuity, problem-solving, analytic ability, persuasiveness, speaking ability, memory, creativity, concentration, judgment, writing ability, reasoning, imagination, initiative, patience, visual discrimination and aesthetic sense. Abilities the job will require only occasionally are spatial perception, auditory discrimination and tactile discrimination.
This job is performed inside an office building at normal temperature ranges eighty percent (80%) of the time. Twenty percent (20%) of the time, this position will be outside or in a vehicle when going to a meeting or appointment. Noise level is 50-60 decibels, which is normal conversation.
Supervision Received and Exercised:
Receives broad overall guidance from CEO. May supervise, coach, and mentor exempt and non-exempt staff.
Education, Training and Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, accounting, finance, economics, or related field, and a minimum of ten (10) years’ electric utility experience including responsibility for interpreting rules, regulations, policies and contracts and developing, implementing and monitoring rate strategies.
Experience equivalent to 10 years in one or more of the following fields is preferred; demand response program management, load management strategy development, energy efficiency program management, power procurement through contracting or resource development, transmission system operations (ISO/RTO) or distributed energy resource development.
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a generous benefits package that includes an employee retirement plan, 401K with match, paid holidays, vacation & sick leave, medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance. For a full list of benefits, please visit our careers page at https://www.unitedpower.com/careers.
About United Power, Inc.
At United Power, we don’t just employ people — we make them a part of our family.
United Power serves a diverse service territory spread across six counties — Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Gilpin, Jefferson and Weld — located along Colorado’s northern Front Range. We employ approximately 180 positions with competitive salaries and excellent medical and retirement benefits at three different offices.
Brighton: Our headquarters in Brighton is just 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver. Brighton is a rapidly growing city with all the advantages of Denver, yet still maintains a small town feel.
Coal Creek Canyon: The Coal Creek Canyon office is located at a higher elevation in one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain canyons. Enjoy a working environment surrounded by a mountainous backdrop and living in a tight-knit community.
Carbon Valley Service Center: Located at the intersection of Carbon Valley, just off I-25 and Highway 119, the Carbon Valley Service Center is in close range to our western communities.
All selected applicants are required to complete Section 1 of the Federal Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) and to provide identification and either proof o...f U.S. citizenship or proof of authorization to work in the U.S. In addition, United Power uses E-Verify as part of the I-9 process to verify the work eligibility of all new hires. E-Verify is an internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9 to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records.