Governor Appoints Energy Czar

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, April 23, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

After months of speculation about who would be appointed "energy czar" in the Schwarzenegger administration, the Governor's press office announced on April 20th that Joe Desmond, president and CEO of Infotility, Inc., will fill the position.

Desmond, whose actual title is Deputy Secretary of Energy at the Resources Agency, will be the Governor's point person on energy issues. The timing of his appointment is significant, and is another indication that the Schwarzenegger administration is preparing to get more involved in energy issues.

Desmond, 40, has been president and CEO of Infotility, Inc., an energy consulting and software development firm, since 2000. He is also co-chair of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group's Energy Committee.

Based in the Silicon Valley, Desmond is also well known in Sacramento and the halls of the Capitol, where he has impressed many people with his extensive knowledge of energy issues and ability to master complicated subjects in a short amount of time.

His background and knowledge of energy issues – both the ‘big picture’ as well as the details and nuances of energy policy – will prove invaluable to an administration preparing to get moving on energy issues. He also brings with him a keen understanding of the energy-related challenges facing manufacturers and industrial customers.

On April 20th, the Governor also announced the following energy appointments: Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, 56, to the California Energy Commission; Shannon Eddy, 34, as an adviser to the California Public Utilities Commission on energy efficiency and renewables issues; and Robert Lane, 44, as an adviser on planning and policy at the CPUC.

In a statement issued along with the announcement of the appointments, Gov. Schwarzenegger said, "As California faces the ongoing threat of future energy shortages, this balanced and experienced team of advisors will help me in implementing my energy goals. I am confident that with their assistance we will be able to create an efficient market structure that will attract new energy investment and lead to reduced rates and ample supply."

CMTA looks forward to working with the Governor's new appointees and to promoting policies that will grow California's economy, reduce energy costs and promote investment in the state's energy infrastructure.

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CMTA will be inviting Joe Desmond, California's new Deputy Secretary of Energy at the Resources Agency, to it's summer Energy Conference, July 29-30, Lake Tahoe. For registration, sponsorship or other conference info., go to http://www.cmta.net/archive/2004_energy_conf/index.php
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