Two New CPUC Commissioners

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

Capitol Update, Dec. 17, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced his intention to appoint Dian Grueneich (D) and Steve Poizner (R) to fill upcoming vacancies on the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Grueneich, 52, has more than two decades of experience in energy efficiency and environmental policy. She is the principal of Grueneich Resource Advocates, an energy and environmental law consulting company, and has served as a consultant to a number of direct access customers. A resident of Berkeley, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

Poizner, 47, has extensive experience in the telecommunications and information technology industries. He is the founder of SnapTrack, Inc., a cell phone technology company, where he served as its chief executive officer until it was sold to Qualcomm in 2000. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer of Strategic Mapping Inc., a software company that developed a program to display geographic data on digital maps. A resident of Los Gatos, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Stanford University.

Governor Schwarzenegger said both Grueneich and Poizner share his "commitment to establishing a business climate that will attract investment and jobs to California." He added, "The PUC will play a key role in stabilizing the electricity market, encouraging the development of new supplies of natural gas, increasing investments in energy efficiency and renewable power, and promoting new telecommunications technology. I am confident that Steve and Dian will tackle these challenges with an eye toward lowering prices and improving service and delivery of electricity, gas, water, and other utilities to Californians."

CMTA looks forward to working with the newly constituted Commission next year to promote policies that benefit residential and business consumers, improve California's business climate, and increase investment in the state's energy infrastructure.
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