CPR Recommends Infrastructure Dept. To Assume Major Energy Responsibilities

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

Capitol Update, Aug. 9, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The CPR recommends that the California Energy Commission, California Power Authority and Electricity Oversight Board would be eliminated and a newly created Infrastructure Department would consolidate the functions of the three agencies. Selected functions of the California Public Utilities Commission, including the siting and approval of electric transmission lines, would also be transferred to the new department.

The Infrastructure Department’s energy-related functions would be under the auspices of an Energy Division, whose management goal would be to "develop and implement a single and coordinated energy policy that ensures adequate supply and predictable prices."

According to the CPR, the Energy Division would "provide staff support for the approval of power plants and transmission lines, manage and promote conservation and efficiency and administer renewable energy and green bank programs. It should provide input for the planning and forecasting of energy supply and infrastructure. It should also prepare the filings and represent the State of California before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission."
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