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Energy Optimization Specialist


Core Function 1: 


Utilize existing and new technologies to evaluate and make recommendations to management on areas of improvement for energy losses, improved energy delivery, improved operational efficiencies, and facilitate the development of rates.  This will be accomplished through data analytics.  Evaluate and make recommendations on energy programs and technologies to optimize our costs of energy.


Core Function 2: 


Evaluate and recommend technologies and programs to management that help our customers get the most economic and environmentally beneficial use from their energy needs, including programs that would mutually benefit our customers and the District, such as electric conversion of traditional fossil fuel energy sources, and the programs and rates that would allow for the most economically efficient use of existing electric items and those conversions.  Additionally, develop and recommend programs to increase our revenue from other electric related sources.


This position relies heavily on data analytics, and the ability to integrate and merge existing technologies to provide optimum use.  The ideal candidate will have a business degree, management of information systems degree, or equivalent experience with a focus of data analysis and ability to develop business case proposals with a positive return on investment.  This position will rely heavily on knowledge of database systems and design, as well as other software utilized in the course of analyzing and presenting data in easily understandable reports.  This position will meet with customer groups to strategically determine their needs, and learn their ability to integrate various programs, so that the design of these programs will be adopted and tailored to the customer’s needs while having a positive impact on the utility.  Rural electric utility experience would be a plus, but not required, however, a proven track record in managing and analyzing data and developing internal and external proposals is essential.



Core requirements:


The ability to maintain a valid driver’s license, successfully complete a post-offer drug screen, a post-offer background check, a post-offer physical examination, as well as random employment drug screenings.  In addition, this position will require the ability to work in a typical office environment, travel within the District, and occasionally travel out of the District overnight.  A core commitment to human safety is expected, as well as a commitment to make lives better, both internally and externally.  Wheat Belt is a not-for-profit utility, meaning every effort is made to provide our service at the lowest cost practical, without motive for generating profits.


The primary responsibilities of the position are listed above, however, other duties may be assigned.


Wheat Belt Public Power District serves the safe, reliable, and affordable electric needs of our consumers within a 3600-square mile area in Western Nebraska.  Wheat Belt operates out of a headquarters facility, which was built in 2016, located about six miles north of Sidney, Nebraska.  This position will report to the Business Manager.  Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience.  Wheat Belt offers an attractive benefits package, which includes paid family health, dental and vision insurance, and long-term and short-term disability.  Wheat Belt offers a significant match to a 401k after one year of employment.  Paid Time Off and a family atmosphere round out the benefits.


For consideration, please include a resume, cover letter, references, and salary expectations to Shelley Peterson, Human Resources, Wheat Belt Public Power District, PO Box 177, Sidney, NE  69162 or to by January 5th, 2018.  The position will remain open until filled.



In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the District will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities in compliance with rules and regulations of federal and state law, including those adopted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Rural Utilities Service, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the Nebraska Department of Labor. The District does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


The District will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.