The person will be a working manager reporting to the ELCON Chairman and the Board of Directors.
The person will be a subject-matter expert on electric utility planning and operation, federal and state rate regulation, and the market design of ISOs and RTOs.
The real challenge of the job is to sufficiently understand ELCON’s mission and objectives as well as the mission and objectives of other industry stakeholders such that day-to-day decisions can be made without day-to-day oversight and approval by ELCON officers, the Board of Directors or the full membership.
The single most important routine responsibility is to initiate FERC and other regulatory interventions or relevant actions in judicial or executive branch agencies with the assistance of ELCON’s outside counsel. Such filings may be written by the outside counsel, by the President, or by both. It is the President’s responsibility to ensure the technical and economic soundness of ELCON’s arguments and recommendations.
The President must effectively communicate with the ELCON Board of Directors and diverse membership and strive to achieve consensus.
The President seeks opportunities to speak on ELCON’s behalf at FERC technical conferences and to visit with FERC commissioners and staff to advocate for ELCON’s position.
The President networks on a regular basis with the leadership of a large number of national organizations, state industrial groups and ad hoc coalitions. Together with the Vice President-Government and Public Affairs, the President and CEO assesses the need to join or create new coalitions to advance issues important to ELCON members.
The President coordinates with the Vice President-Government and Public Affairs on the identification of ELCON’s legislative priorities. ELCON seeks opportunities to testify, to review and comment on draft legislation, and to otherwise “be at the table.”
In coordination with ELCON members that are NERC registered entities, the President monitors the development of new reliability standards, guidelines and reliability assessments at NERC. The President is expected to be an active member on NERC’s Member Representative Committee and other standing committees as necessary. ELCON routinely intervenes at FERC in response to NERC filings with the intent that standards be appropriate, cost-effective, and not unduly applicable to or burdensome on manufacturing facilities.
The President is responsible for membership development.
The President authors white papers or policy briefs that address emerging issues of interest to members and as appropriate seeks to publish or otherwise broadly distribute them.
The President, with the assistance of the Administrative Manager, oversees all back-office functions, including payroll, federal and DC tax filings, prepares and monitors the budget, and maintains and administers DC licenses, 401(k), lease renewal, and various accounting functions.
Advanced degree in Economics, Engineering, Public Policy, Business Administration, or Law
15-20 years of progressive experience related to electric utility regulation and rate intervention in the United States, including working knowledge of state and federal rate regulation, RTO/ISO market design and rules (including capacity constructs), utility planning and operations, and federal energy/-environmental policies in general
Excellent writing and speaking capabilities
Experience working in stakeholder coalitions building consensus and advocating electricity policies
Working knowledge of NERC and its functions is a plus
Demonstrated ability to supervise a small resource-constrained group and oversee the administrative responsibilities of a member-based organization
Excellent computer skills such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel
About Electricity Consumers Resource Council
ELCON is a specialized trade association representing the interests of large industrial consumers of electricity. The organization has a small staff and is assisted by outside counsel. The organization operates primarily at the federal and national level, with some limited interaction at the regional and state levels. The primary focus of ELCON’s advocacy is regulatory policies affecting the rates (and prices), supply and reliability of electric services. This includes the regulatory policies and rules of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the reliability standards and guidelines of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and environmental rules of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). An important role for ELCON has been shaping the market design and tariffs of the organized markets. ELCON also maintains an active advocacy presence on Capitol Hill with the intent to influence acts of Congress that mandate federal and state regulations that materially impact electricity rates (and prices), supply and reliability.
ELCON’s founding principle is cost causation. Beginning in the late 1980s this was supplemented with the selective replaceme...nt of rate regulation with market-based pricing mechanisms. Competitive markets should be used where they are workably competitive with fair and efficient prices set by the marketplace. ELCON opposes the capacity construct adopted in some ISOs and RTOs. The rates, terms and conditions of regulated services should be based on cost-of-service principles. This includes both the residual regulated services in organized markets and traditional regulated services outside those markets. ELCON generally does not support so-called performance-based regulation, regulated rates based on marginal costs, or any regulatory policy that provides a utility with more than the opportunity to earn a reasonable return of and on its investments that are used and useful. Many ELCON members own and/or operate behind-the-meter generation (usually CHP) to cogenerate electric energy and provide industrial process steam and thermal energy. These facilities are almost always registered as PURPA QFs and as such ELCON is a strong defender of the 1978 act.