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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger chose an economist to be the newest regulator on the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). Nancy Ryan, the regulatory body’s current deputy executive director for policy, gives the CPUC a full complement of regulators a month after the Senate refused to reconfirm Rachelle Chong, a telecommunications attorney and former member of the Federal Communications Commission, to a full six-year term. Ryan, 49, has expertise in energy markets, climate change policy and the public health and ecological impacts of energy production, and she worked for several years in the environmental sector. The appointment requires Senate confirmation within a year’s time. Ryan has been a member of the CPUC management team since January 2006 when she began as CPUC President Michael Peevey’s chief energy adviser and served as his chief of staff from April 2007 to February 2009.

February 1, 2010

Economist Slated to Join California Regulatory Panel

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger chose an economist to be newest regulator on the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). Nancy Ryan, the regulatory body’s current deputy executive director for policy, gives the CPUC a full complement of regulators a month after the Senate refused to reconfirm Rachelle Chong, a telecommunications attorney and former member of the Federal Communications Commission, to a full six-year term.

January 29, 2010

Economist Slated to Join California Regulatory Panel

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger chose an economist to be newest regulator on the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). Nancy Ryan, the regulatory body’s current deputy executive director for policy, gives the CPUC a full complement of regulators a month after the Senate refused to reconfirm Rachelle Chong, a telecommunications attorney and former member of the Federal Communications Commission, to a full six-year term.

January 29, 2010

California Utilities Apply Psychology to Energy Savings

In one of the lower profile energy measures that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed earlier in October (SB 488), California will mandate that all of its major utilities create pilot programs for sharing energy use information among neighbors as a means of spurring more energy saving behavior by residential customers. There is growing data that the psychology of peer pressure works in getting people to take energy saving steps.

October 27, 2009

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Tuesday filled a vacancy on the California Energy Commission (CEC) by appointing Karen Douglas, an attorney with the national group Environmental Defense, to the five-member panel that sites electric generation plants and does the state’s energy resource planning and research. Douglas fills the CEC seat designated for an attorney. The appointment requires confirmation by the California Senate. The other CEC positions, all currently filled, are designated by law to come from the environmental, economics, science/engineering, and general public sectors. Douglas was the environmental group’s Director of the California Climate Initiative, helping build the organization’s climate team. She was one of the key environmental lobbyists helping to craft and get passed the state’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).

February 7, 2008

California Steps Up Low-Carbon Fuel Standards

Clean fuel advocates in the utility and merchant energy sectors Tuesday lauded California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for signing a new law to help implement the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (AB 118), authored by his political ally in the state legislature, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

October 18, 2007

CA Governor Appoints New CPUC Member

Rachelle Chong, a former Federal Communications Commissioner in the Clinton Administration, was named by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday to the California Public Utilities Commission, replacing Susan Kennedy, who left last month to become the governor’s chief of staff. Chong joins the five-member regulatory commission immediately, although her appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation. She can begin serving for up to a year without confirmation.

January 13, 2006

Consolidation Recommended for California Energy Agencies

As part of a sweeping state initiative by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state’s disparate energy agencies, including parts of the regulatory commission, are recommended for consolidation under a massive new “infrastructure” agency.

August 9, 2004

Consolidation Recommended for California Energy Agencies

As part of a sweeping state initiative by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state’s disparate energy agencies, including parts of the regulatory commission, are recommended for consolidation under a massive new “infrastructure” agency.

August 5, 2004