- Regulatory Economist II
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is mid-level professional economic research work in the analysis of supply systems, rates, and the demand for regulated utility services.
Plans, designs, and develops economic research projects pertaining to the operation of investor-owned electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, sewer and water companies.
Trains or provides guidance to Regulatory Economist I and other professional research staff in research and statistical methods/techniques.
Leads multi-disciplinary teams performing complex statistical research and preparing technical, informative, and/or operational reports and papers; coordinates activities with agency staff and others to ensure that a consistent approach is implemented.
Retrieves information on research strategies and analytical methods, and presents it to management and senior technical staff to aid in addressing policy issues; evaluates and describes limitations on the reliability and usability of source information; determines additional data requirements; and adjusts and weighs raw data and organizes results into a form compatible with analysis by computers or other methods.
Evaluates testimony filed by investor-owned utilities and technical staff in order to determine feasibility of proposals and identify factors requiring amendment; provides technical assistance to utilities to enhance statistical modeling methods, improve technology, or reduce costs.
Conducts economic analyses of utility ratemaking, including billing units and revenues, class cost of service, rate design, rate impact, load research analysis, and sample design using statistical techniques such as linear and non-linear regression and differential equations.
Constructs theoretical and econometric models for studies of public utilities, including cost of service, price and income elasticity, projection of future demand, and comparative operational efficiency of companies; formulates plans to aid in market interpretation or solution of economic problems such as recommending changes in methods of determining rates.
Assists legal staff in the preparation of briefs on litigated issues and cross-examination of witnesses for Public Service Commission (PSC) hearings; serves as an expert witness in proceedings involving rates, rate design, generation expansion and other regulatory issues; and participates in negotiations of staff position during settlement discussions on assigned issues in docketed cases.
Leads workshops on research activities and trains non-economic analysis staff in the application of analytical methods used to support staff positions.
Attends training courses to gain an understanding of utility technologies; reviews and evaluates publications to stay abreast of utility regulations and developments in the field of statistical analysis.
Exercises significant independence and initiative in the performance of responsibilities; receives general administrative direction.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
One or more years of experience as a Regulatory Economist I with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.
A Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in Economics including 3 earned credit hours in Econometrics, Microeconomic Theory, or Regulatory Economics.
A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Economics; and,
One or more years of professional applied research experience or teaching experience at the college level in the field of Economics, Engineering, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics, or professional experience performing economic analyses using statistical methods and techniques in a regulatory or utility environment.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Economics, Engineering, Finance, Mathematics, or Statistics including 3 earned credit hours in Econometrics, Microeconomic Theory, Regulatory Economics, or a closely related field; and,
Three or more years of professional or technical experience performing economic analyses using statistical methods and techniques in a regulatory or utility environment.
(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified fields may substitute for one year of the required experience.)
Intermediate knowledge of available sources, types of information, and methods of analysis used in regulated utility industries.
Intermediate knowledge of descriptive, inferential, and multivariate exploratory statistics, experimental design, and computerized econometric modeling.
Intermediate knowledge of software packages associated with statistical evaluation and econometrics.
Intermediate knowledge of the utility industry.
Ability to delegate responsibility and organize, direct and evaluate the work of analysts conducting research projects or rate-making studies.
Ability to obtain and evaluate both general and computerized management information.
Ability to analyze, interpret, and explain statistical data such as meaningful associations, estimates, or projections and present results with clarity and precision to technical and non-technical audiences.
Ability to testify as an expert witness under cross-examination.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, representatives of other public and private agencies, and the general public.