West Regulatory Affairs Specialist

  • DTE Energy
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Sep 17, 2018
Full time EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Energy Environmental Science - Engineering Renewable Energy

Job Description

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve.  We have businesses in 26 different states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development. 

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth.  We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.  

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for multiple years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

Job Summary

Location: San Francisco, California 

DTE Energy Trading is an active physical and financial gas, power, and environmental marketing company. A subsidiary of DTE Energy—a utility with $24.2 billion in assets—our company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, with offices in San Francisco, Houston, and Richmond. We provide energy sourcing and management solutions for a broad range of customers; we also manage a significant portfolio of gas transport and storage as well as power generation and transmission assets throughout the North American markets. 

DTE Energy Trading is expanding its West power capabilities and seeks an experienced individual who knows how to track regulations and policy affecting west power trading. The individual will work within a small team of traders, originators, and support staff. The focus will be on the CAISO tariff and its business practice manuals (BPM), cap-and-trade and RPS regulations, and other relevant policies. An understanding of how these policies and potential changes may impact power trades and market fundamentals is highly valued. Although communication with policy makers is expected, this is a research and analysis role – advocacy is only necessary in rare circumstances. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Monitor CAISO tariff and BPMs, legislative, regulatory, and other policy developments impacting WECC power trading, including California's cap and trade program and renewable portfolio standard.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of western power markets and the relevant regulatory structures impacting those markets.
  • Concisely summarize pertinent regulatory activity to inform portfolio management and trading decisions by DTE's trading, origination, operations, and risk teams. This will require updates on real-time developments and long-term trends.
  • Work with DTE's analytical team to accurately reflect WECC regulatory structures and potential changes in fundamental supply-demand models.
  • Identify and develop relationships with relevant regulatory and policy stakeholders.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, economics, finance, environmental studies, or other relevant discipline.
  • 4+ years of experience in electricity markets or relevant industries.

Other Qualifications

  • Comprehensive understanding of electricity and environmental regulatory structures, especially in the Western U.S.
  • Proven researcher of legal and regulatory documents.
  • Experience monitoring legislative, regulatory, and other policy developments impacting the Renewable Fuels Standard and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
  • Proactive researcher that actively seeks to identify risks and opportunities for DTE's trading portfolio
  • Skilled researcher with persistent attention to detail.
  • Highly effective oral and written communicator.
  • Charismatic team player who has experience working under tight deadlines.
  • Ideally, the position will be in DTE's San Francisco office, but DTE will also consider candidates located in Houston. 

Physical Demands: The physical demands characterized in the attached essential and marginal job functions epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Working Conditions: The employee performs job duties in a climate controlled office environment, with a moderate noise level.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision. 

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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