Pacific Gas & Electric Company Expert Analyst, Strategic Resource Forecasting in San Francisco, California

Expert Analyst, Strategic Resource Forecasting

Date: Mar 13, 2018

Location: San Francisco, CA, US, 94105

Company: Pacific Gas And Electric Company

Requisition ID # 12680

Job Category : Business Operations / Strategy

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Strategy and Policy

Job Location : San Francisco


Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States.

And we deliver some of the nation's cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, Together, Building a Better California is not just a slogan.

It's the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services.

They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,

national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information

or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

Energy Policy & Procurement (EPP) secures electricity and natural gas from wholesale markets for PG&E customers to ensure system reliability. In addition, EPP is responsible for long-term planning, risk management, and compliance functions related to PG&E’s energy portfolio. EPP also actively participates in regulatory and legislative proceedings that shape the design and implementation of state, regional, and federal energy regulation and policy.

The Resource Forecasting Expert Analyst position resides within the Portfolio and Resource Forecasting (PRF) team. PRF is responsible for forecasting volumes, costs and impacts of demand- and supply-side energy resources, and portfolio positions for commodity market products and services and compliance instruments. The team is also responsible for market assessment of supply-side and demand-side energy resources. PRF supports long-term planning for supply-side and demand-side resources, electric transmission and distribution infrastructure, and business strategies to meet the future energy needs of PG&E’s customers reliably, at a reasonable cost, and consistent with company and regulatory/legislative environmental policies.

Position Summary

PG&E is seeking a highly motivated Expert Analyst with a unique combination of subject matter expertise in predictive analytics, distributed energy resources, supply-side resources, utility business model, and business process management.

The analyst will guide the development of forecasts for supply-side and demand-side electric energy resource quantities (e.g., capacity and energy of customer solar PV penetration), prices (e.g., customer solar and energy storage cost curves) and impacts (e.g., cost-shift). The analyst will guide the development of forecasts at various geographical or asset-based levels, customer groupings and time horizons as warranted to support policy, strategy and infrastructure planning initiatives. The analyst will conduct market and policy research to identify critical uncertainties and inform the key inputs, assumptions, and the range of scenarios to be forecasted.

The analyst will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of a roadmap to improve the rigor and efficiency of PG&E’s energy resource forecasting. As part of this work, the analyst will lead the systematic evaluation and prioritization of improvements to the forecasting process, models, inputs and platforms for production and delivery of forecasts. The Expert will be responsible for managing implementation of these improvements.

The analyst will also be responsible for articulating and advancing PG&E’s policy positions with respect to energy resource forecasting and planning. The analyst will represent PG&E in public policy venues relating to energy resource forecasting, including but not limited to the Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR), Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Distribution Resource Plan (DRP), and the General Rate Case (GRC), and Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) proceedings.

Given the above responsibilities, the analyst will be capable of producing analytics that guide PG&E’s resource planning, infrastructure planning, strategic planning and/or public policy position development. The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of the California utility regulatory context and PG&E’s business model to help contextualize the forecasts. The candidate will have a demonstrated track record of managing complex, cross-functional projects, products or processes. They will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and demonstrated experience informing and influencing senior leadership and external stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Forecasting : Lead the development of quantitative predictive analytics necessary to develop mid- and long-term forecasts of quantities, prices and impacts for a portfolio of demand and supply-side electric energy resource at various geographic levels, customer groupings and time horizons. Communicate forecast results to key stakeholders, including senior leadership and client organizations. Ensure that the forecast is systematically and appropriately integrated into long-term planning strategic, policy and planning processes. Conduct research to inform/validate inputs, assumptions and scenarios.

  2. Forecasting Analysis : Deliver high-value business insights by identifying, framing and executing analyses related to the business impacts of forecasts. Communicate results to client organizations.

  3. Advocacy : Communicate forecast results, insights and uncertainties to senior leadership. Develop analysis and testimony, work papers and exhibits to support policy position development with respect to forecasting. Review, analyze and respond to interveners' testimony, comments, etc. to ensure the best possible outcome. Represent PG&E in policy forums pertaining to electric energy resource forecasting.

  4. Project Management: Manage delivery of portfolio of forecasting products to timelines specified by internal and external clients.

  5. Continuous Improvement : Drive continuous improvement to forecasting to increase the efficiency, persuasiveness and pervasiveness of energy resource forecasting. Lead the development and implementation of a roadmap to systematically identify improvements to the forecasting processes, analytics, inputs and capabilities. Research and document forecasting best practices, client use-cases, product specifications, analytical methods, processes, and platforms for production and delivery of forecasts.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Finance, Business, Public Policy, Physics or related disciplines

  • 6 years of work experience

  • Demonstrated experience performing energy-related quantitative analysis, predictive analytics, technology market or program assessments or similar functions

  • Demonstrated experience communicating complex information clearly, concisely, and effectively to officer-level stakeholders and external public policy makers

  • Working knowledge of advanced applications programming: R, SQL, SAS, Stata, Matlab or other data analysis/statistical software


  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline

  • Four years of experience leading development of long-term predictive analytics/forecasting, including quantification of uncertainty

  • Experience independently conducting energy market research and distilling and communicating associated insights

  • Demonstrated project, process or product management experience

  • Three years working at electric or natural gas utilities, independent power producers, wholesale energy market participants, regulatory agencies, consulting firms, or similar organizations

  • Advanced understanding of PG&E’s business model, including interdependencies and interrelationships of the electric and natural gas industries and supply/demand-side businesses

  • Strong familiarity with California regulatory context for investor-owned utilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including communicating with technical and managerial audiences

  • Ability to think strategically

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco

Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland