Black Hills Corporation Resource Planning Analyst I in Rapid City, South Dakota

Description :

Job Specifications

SALARY RANGE: $51,000 - $66,330

Base salary is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

CLOSING DATE: This position will close on April 24, 2018.

LOCATION: Rapid City, SD


Perform load forecasting for the electric utilities to identify generating resource needs, research and analyze market conditions and continually update load projections. Support the preparation of long-term resource plans, budgets and strategic planning efforts. Develop, collect, organize and maintain all supporting documentation used for economic dispatch modeling including utilizing the resource planning software

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Resource Planning Manager


  • Develop and maintain a Department Administrative Guideline (DAG) program that accurately documents department procedures and policies.

  • Prepare annual performance plan consistent with job expectations.

  • Continually monitor, collect and maintain documentation for existing generating plants as needed to accurately model these generation resources.

  • Track historic load trends and compare to load forecasts to determine load forecasts in the future are accurate.

  • Analyze and interpret company financial and statistical data used in studies to analyze the generation resources.

  • Prepare production cost models and capacity expansion models using the resource planning software as needed but no less than once a year.

  • Work to find efficiencies in the resource planning software process to reduce the time needed to create the output from each system.

  • Research and communicate the proper interpretation of rates, rules, and terms and conditions of potential resource alternatives, including renewable resources, as needed to run resource plan models.


  • Keep supervisor informed of project work status.

  • Participate in various internal work groups in order to develop and implement the Company's strategic action plans.

  • Prepare annual load forecasts for electric utility power supply requirements including the WECC, NERC, EEI and other Load and Resource reports.

  • Prepare documentation for Federal reporting requirements such as NERC.


  • Maintain professional working relationships with all employees, regulators, commission staff, business associates, consultants and customers.


  • Load forecasting experience preferred, but not required.

  • Electric utility operation experience preferred, but not required.

  • Experience in economic dispatch modeling preferred, but not required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as Engineering, Business, Accounting or Finance, or equivalent experience required.

  • Master’s degree a plus.


  • Economic principles utilizing statistics and analytics are critical.

  • Electric utility planning and operating methods are preferred.

  • Basis in electric utility production cost model preparation and analysis is preferred.

  • Utility budgeting and financial planning.


  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to prioritize and organize work.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks/projects.

  • Strong computer skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and Project Management software.

  • Demonstrated ability in developing and maintaining project schedules.

  • Ability to accurately perform required tasks and meet deadlines while paying close attention to detail.

  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and to work independently as well as with a team.

  • Ability to analyze information critically and review trends and projections.


  • Applicant must be able to perform the essential job functions of the position with or without accommodation.

The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

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