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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,480 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.
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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Development and implementation of transmission revenue requirements and rates for all of Tri-State's transmission assets.
- Gather, analyze, and input all data required to prepare a comprehensive transmission rate design template.
- Review transmission asset and expense data.
- Oversee the process for separating non-tariff transmission assets from tariff transmission assets.
- Implement procedures for the annual update of Tri-State's transmission rates.
- Assist in the development of various analyses and financial models relative to rates and rate design.
- Assist in the preparation of filings including testimony, workpapers, and exhibits to applicable regulatory authorities. Analyze intervener testimony to formulate responsive testimony and assist with cross-examination strategies.
- Coordinate interveners Commission staff data request responses on technical issues during rate filings and assist in support required during the hearing process.
- Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of regulatory rulings, proceedings, and industry trends relevant to transmission ratemaking.
- Interpret and answer internal and external inquiries concerning transmission rate related issues.
- Actively participate in selected committees and working groups.
- Develop rates for other potential joint transmission rate activities.
- Accurately determine the correct transmission costs and loads.
- Collaborate with other regional transmission providers to reach agreement on consistent application of accounting data.
- Critique other transmission providers' revenue requirement for consistency with agreed upon practices.
- Provide support to other Transmission contracts, policy, engineering, operations, and planning staffs, including but not limited to:
- Open Access Transmission Tariff agreements and updates.
- Generator Interconnection agreements and updates.
- OASIS (Open Access Same-Time Information System) management and postings.
- Provide support, as needed, for coordination with rate design(s) associated with providing service to Tri-State Member Systems.
- Enterprise Focus Responsibility: Understand and embrace the tenants of the annual Business Plan, and ensure adherence to enterprise vision, mission, values, strategies, goals, objectives and priorities.
- Member System Focus Responsibility: Continually support Tri-State's Mission and identify opportunities to serve Member Systems more effectively. Is a champion of the cooperative business model and embraces the Cooperative Principles, as described below.
- Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
- Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
- Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
- Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
- Perform other related duties as assigned
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
- Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan upcoming initiatives including prioritizing workload, developing schedules and meeting deadlines.
- Time management: the ability to prioritize and schedule projects and meet deadlines.
- Problem analysis and problem resolution at both strategic and functional levels.
- Business risks: ability to weigh business risks and recommend appropriate risk mitigation strategies and alternatives, and adhere to appropriate information/cyber security measures.
- Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong team player.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Training:
- Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Accounting, Business Administration, or related area of study, or equivalent experience gained through progressively greater responsibilities.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
- Knowledge of regulatory requirements that impact Tri-State's operations.
- Extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations applicable to the accounting function.
- Strong ability to build strong relationships with accounting and engineering staffs, other utilities, external entities, and Members.
- Excellent written and verbal communications and the ability to articulate complex accounting issues to a broad audience.
- Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to identify, analyze, and resolve problems, driving solutions through to completion.
- Eight (8) years of related experience including commodity rate setting and determining business operations revenue requirements.
- Knowledge of transmission rate structural design including the FERC's (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT).
- Extensive working knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
- High degree of proficiency in MS Excel and MS Word required.
- General knowledge of state and federal regulations affecting rate design and comparability requirements.
- Working knowledge of electric utility operating practices and engineering economics.
- Willingness to travel as required for training and meetings. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)
DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
- Experience with electric utility transmission rate setting and revenue requirements, preferred.
- Experience in multiple electric utility functional areas (operations, maintenance, contracts, policy, rate setting, or related area) a plus.
- Experience in electric utility accounting, preferred.
NOTE: The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior Transmission Rate Analyst. Those with less experience will be hired at the Level III.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, bend and frequently utilize a keyboard/computer. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
- Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent will be required to problem solve, read, write and analyze data, work under schedules and deadline pressure, present information to others, work independently and use discretion and judgment with confidential or sensitive projects/issues.
- Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the employee works primarily in an office environment indoors, and will occasionally travel to multiple locations dependent on work.