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State of Massachusetts Economist III - Rates and Revenue in Boston, Massachusetts

The Economist applies a broad mix of economic and public policy skills in analyzing issues and cases before the DPU. He/she will work both individually and as a team member with other economists, accountants, and attorneys on a wide range of cases, including: reviewing electric, gas, and water utility filings for changes in base rate revenue requirements and rate structures, other electricity surcharges, and financing petitions. The position requires competency in cross-examining company and intervention witnesses. Reviewing, analyzing, and preparing oral and written recommendations for the Commission on utility requests for changes in base rate revenue requirements, base revenue allocations, rate design, other surcharges, as well as financing agreements. The Economist also participates in all facets of assigned cases, including developing information requests, questioning expert witnesses during hearings, drafting memoranda and policy recommendations, as well as writing sections of DPU orders.

Responsibilities include:

Analyzes rate requests and finance petitions from utility companies to determine if they are consistent with DPU regulations and policy goals.

Issues data requests, cross-examines witnesses, drafts memoranda and sections of DPU orders, and applies mathematical techniques of economic research.

Responds to consumer, administrative, and utility inquiries.

Collects, compiles, and reviews economic data obtained from various sources, including other agencies and trade organizations for economic analysis purposes.

Monitors and evaluates economic programs and priorities by preparing statements of economic goals, objectives, policies, and/or forecasts based on integrated economic analysis to determine if objectives are being met.

Maintains major work contacts with professional and technical personnel, utility organizations, agency personnel, as well as other local, state, and federal agencies.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the field of economics, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in economics may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in economics may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required experience.*

III. A Bachelor's or higher degree with major other than in economics may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements: None.

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An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.*

Job: *Economics

Organization: *Department of Public Utilities

Title: Economist III - Rates and Revenue

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 South Station

Requisition ID: 200003WN

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