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Regulatory Attorney


Tempe, AZ, US

Date:  Nov 20, 2023

Requisition ID: 16493


Join us in building a better future for Arizona!

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power and named one of Arizona's best employers by Forbes. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.


Why Work at SRP

SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health, and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Pension Plan (at no cost to the employee)
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Available your first day: Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Over 200+ hours of PTO (includes vacation days, holidays, floating holidays, and sick leave)
  • Parental leave (up to 4 weeks) and adoption assistance
  • Wellness programs (including access to a recreation and fitness facility)
  • Short and long-term disability plans
  • Tuition assistance for both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • 10 Employee Resource Groups for career development, community service, and networking


SRP is seeking a regulatory attorney with experience in organized energy markets to join our in-house legal team. This attorney will provide practical and sound legal counsel and support that shapes strategic decision-making in the fast-changing electric industry.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in organized electric markets and have experience with the role of public power within these markets and advising clients from multiple business sectors in connection with market developments and ongoing operations within the market.

What You'll Do

  • Advise on legal issues to support SRP's business units in such areas as emerging energy markets, their development in the Western Interconnection, and the regulatory impacts of SRP's participation in them.
  • Provide routine and specialized legal advice on electric utility markets, electric utility contracting, and related federal, state, and local regulatory requirements, including Standards of Conduct.
  • Assist SRP executives and staff in understanding and complying with general legal and regulatory obligations.
  • Advise SRP staff on FERC orders, FERC rules, and FERC compliance for non-public utilities, including providing applicable training.
  • Work with SRP's regulatory affairs and operating units to prepare and submit comments on proposed rules, regulations and business practices relating to CAISO Energy Imbalance Market, SPP Markets+, and other initiatives in the Western Interconnection.
  • Assist in the preparation and interpretation of business policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate closely with legal colleagues on the analysis, strategy, and resolution of novel legal issues.
  • Perform legal research and independently drafts contracts, memoranda, and other legal documents required for participation in an organized market.

The duties listed above provide an overview of potential responsibilities and do not reflect an exhaustive list.

What It Takes To Succeed

  • Minimum of five years of relevant legal experience, gained in-house or in a law firm preferred.
  • Experience with complex utility contracts and transactions, open-access transmission tariff requirements, and related agreements.
  • Familiarity with organized energy markets, with experience in CAISO or SPP preferred.
  • Experience in FERC practice and organized energy markets, including day-ahead markets, real-time markets, regional transmission organizations, or independent system operators, especially for a non-public utility, would be highly valued.


Completion of a Juris Doctor (JD ) from an accredited institution.

Additional Information

Successful candidate must be admitted to practice law, and in good standing, in the current state of practice; if not Arizona, able to gain admission in Arizona within 6 months of employment.


Hybrid Workplace

SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

To promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Work Authorization

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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