Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Company: Chugach Electric Association
Posted on: February 23, 2021
Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Regulatory & External
Affairs, the position of the Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs
manages and conducts revenue requirement, cost of service and rate
design studies to ensure cost recovery and the equitable recovery
of costs among customers for electric, natural gas and
telecommunications services. Manages the Association's operating
tariff and negotiates special contracts for electric service to
retail and wholesale members. Develops alternative rate structures
in response to business conditions. Maintains effective ongoing
communication with the appropriate regulatory agencies, legislative
committees, and other utility groups to proactively address the
interests of the Association.
The Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs must excel in a fast-paced,
deadline-oriented environment, sometimes requiring long hours to
meet Association needs; this position requires both successful
independent and team working environments.
Manages regulatory filings including but not limited to general
rate case filings, simplified rate filings, fuel and purchased
power cost filings, gas contracts, charges and fees, power pooling,
line losses, avoided cost rates (average and marginal), special
contracts (retail and wholesale), operating tariff changes, special
contracts, and filings in support of telecommunications, natural
gas transfer pricing (and related studies), and dockets and related
proceedings studies before regulatory agencies.
Prepares and presents written and oral testimony, as required.
Provides direction in the development of filings and strategy in
response to Commission and intervenor inquiries.
Develops strategies, oversees timelines for regulatory filings on
electric, natural gas and telecommunications matters to ensure cost
recovery and compliance with Alaska Statute, Alaska Administrative
Code, the Association's operating tariff, and financial and
Monitors state regulatory agency docket filings of interest to the
Association; participates directly and represents the Association
in Commission proceedings. Provides regulatory guidance to the
Association on existing and new regulations as needed.
Ensures the Association has all necessary and appropriate
information to timely analyze, propose and modify or implement
tariffs and rates that meet the Association's operational and
Develops and recommends retail and wholesale pricing strategies
consistent with the goals of the organization, including special
contracts and long-term wholesale power agreements. Prepares
strategies to ensure that the Association will be prepared to
address changing regulatory developments and market conditions.
Directs the preparation of economic and financial studies that
examine impacts of proposed Association activities. Directs the
preparation of contracts for consulting services and manages
outside consultants, as required.
Coordinates with other departments in the preparation of revenue
requirement studies (electric and gas) to ensure cost recovery.
Coordinates ongoing studies with other divisions and departments
and makes recommendations in view of regulatory and pricing issues.
Develops alternative rate designs, including seasonal and time of
use, in response to market and operational conditions.
Establishes the parameters, in a changing economic and regulatory
climate, for the preparation of revenue requirement analyses,
embedded and marginal cost-of-service studies, rate design, load
research, alternative and innovative rate studies as authorized or
required by regulatory agencies, state or national legislation,
power supply agreements and other special contracts.
Represents the Association before the Regulatory Commission of
Alaska, Alaska Legislature, Railbelt utility organizations and
other forums in the development of strategies and action plans to
address economic and regulatory environments.
Prepares guidelines and monitors tariff advice letters proposing
new or revised terms and conditions to operating tariffs based on
the goals and operational needs of the various divisions to ensure
the Association consistently promotes the objectives in its
Provides key inputs to the Association's Strategic Plan consistent
with regulatory and market requirements.
Manages capital credit allocation methodologies and the allocation
of retail and wholesale capital credits. Manages monthly fuel and
purchased power cost assignment on a customer-class basis.
Prepares monthly reports and other routine reports, as
Develops long and short-range goals for the Regulatory Affairs
Department, consistent with the Association's financial and
operational requirements. Establishes appropriate review procedures
for all work completed by the Regulatory Affairs Department.
VP Regulatory & External Affairs: Reports to, receives direction,
guidance, and decisions from.
Manager, Regulatory Affairs: Confers with, provides direction to,
gives and receives information.
Rate Analyst: Confers with, provides direction to, gives and
Regulatory & Business Development Analyst: Confers with, provides
direction to, gives and receives information.
Key Accounts, Business Development, and Legal Managers: Confers
with, gives and receives information.
General Counsel: Confers with in obtaining the provision of legal
representation before regulatory and governmental agencies.
Other Departments: Seeks information from, shares information with,
and coordinates projects, including accounting, engineering,
dispatch, operations, generation, member services, administration,
land services, security, and others.
RCA: Coordinates the development of appropriate strategies to
address the Association's short and long-term financial and
FERC: Monitor its decisions and initiatives; propose and
communicate strategies to address requirements and impacts.
Legislature: Represents the Association in the development of
changes to laws and statutes to facilitate appropriate and
efficient regulation in the utility industry.
Utility organizations: Coordinate/negotiate appropriate
Consultants: Manage and establish general guidelines on strategies,
approaches and expected results.
Wholesale Customers: Explain Association regulatory approaches;
coordinate appropriate retail approaches for wholesale customer
Retail Customers: Communicate the Association's philosophy,
strategies and offerings to trade groups, large commercial
customers and residential customer meetings
Knowledge of all aspects of the requirements of a competitive
Knowledge and understanding of ratemaking theory and practice,
particularly the various approaches to cost-of-service is
Ability to withstand cross-examination in adversarial proceedings
Familiarity with primary hardware and software requirements and
Familiarity with auditing, budgeting, economic, and statistical
concepts, principles and techniques.
Superior analytical and communication skills.
Ability to analyze and sold non-routine economic, financial and
Ability to prepare thorough, logical and defensible financial and
economic analysis, and rate studies which withstand the scrutiny of
regulatory agencies, consumer groups and other affected
Ability to accomplish report preparation and other departmental
work in a timely manner.
Ability to develop alternative and innovative rates in response to
Ability to work well with all levels of management.
Supervisory Responsibility This position supervises the Manager,
Regulatory Affairs and Administrative Secretary, Regulatory
Work is performed in a standard office environment. Frequent long
hours due to deadlines and considerable pressures from adversarial
regulatory proceedings. Occasional travel outside the state may be
required. Minimum Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor's degree in economics, finance, business or related
discipline. Master's degree in Business, Economics, Public Policy,
or related is also required.
Fifteen years' experience working for a regulated utility, with
similarly complex duties through which the skills and abilities
have been developed and can be demonstrated is required. Preference
given to electric utility experience. Minimum of five years working
at a manager level, leading teams, or serving as the subject matter
expert for regulatory and/or ratemaking processes.
Must have experience in ratemaking, applying various approaches to
meet cost-of-service requirement(s). Must have experience
defending, supporting, and withstanding adversarial proceedings,
hearings, and/or cross-examination(s)
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