Two CPUC Appointments By End of Year

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

Capitol Update, Nov. 11, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will undergo a significant change at the end of the year when two Gray Davis appointees are replaced with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first appointments to the CPUC.

Commissioners Carl Wood and Loretta Lynch’s (who served as president of the CPUC during the 2000-2001 energy crisis) terms expire on December 31st and January 1st, respectively.

The reshuffling is likely to have a significant impact on CPUC policies, and put the Commission on a more centrist footing. Wood and Lynch are unabashed advocates of re-regulating energy markets, and have frequently been at odds with the business community in numerous proceedings at the CPUC. Davis’s three other CPUC appointees — Michael Peevey, Geoff Brown, and Susan Kennedy — all of whom are expected to continue on at the CPUC until their terms expire — favor a more balanced approach, and one less averse to business interests.

CMTA looks forward to working with Peevey, Brown, and Kennedy and the two new commissioners to promote rational, fact-based decision-making at the CPUC. 2005 promises to be a significant year at the Commission, with several important proceedings including the Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California general rate cases and the next phase of the resource adequacy proceeding.

It is generally expected that the Governor will make the appointments by the end of the year in order to have the commissioners in place for commission meetings early next year.
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