California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday moved to fill two upcoming vacancies on the five-member California Energy Commission (CEC), naming a veteran energy policy expert and a scientist with experience at the state air pollution regulatory agency that sites electric generation plants. The appointments of Robert Weisenmiller, 61, and Anthony Eggert, 37, require confirmation by the state Senate.

“Both Anthony and Robert…have the necessary experience and know-how to push our energy policies forward and I am confident that their service will help California take another step on the path toward meeting our goal of 33% renewable energy by 2020,” Schwarzenegger said.

Eggert has served as science and technology policy adviser to the chair of the California Air Resources Board since 2007. Prior to that, he served as adviser on energy and climate policy to the Office of Federal Governmental Relations for the University of California in 2007 and associate research director for the University of California, Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies from 2002 to 2006. Eggert served the Ford Motor Co. as manager of the California Fuel Cell Partnership from 2001 to 2002 and project engineer of vehicle environmental engineering from 1996 to 1999.

A former CEC manager, Weisenmiller co-founded MRW and Associates, where he has been principal since 1986. Prior to that, he served as co-founder and executive vice-president of Independent Power Corp. from 1982 to 1986. Weisenmiller previously served the CEC as director of policy and program evaluation from 1980 to 1982, special projects officer from 1978 to 1980 and assistant to the commissioner from 1977 to 1978.

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