Energy Commission Chair Stepping Down

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

Capitol Update, Feb. 4, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

William Keese, widely regarded as an able public servant who helped steer the state through the energy crisis of 2000-2001, announced recently that he will be stepping down as chairman of the California Energy Commission (CEC).

Keese has served as chairman of the CEC since 1997, when he was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson. He was reappointed by Governor Gray Davis in 2001.

Keese will leave office having made significant progress on his goal of establishing a better working relationship with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Air Resources Board. The joint agency Energy Action Plan, adopted in 2003, established shared goals and specific actions by the CEC, CPUC, and the now-defunct California Power Authority, and continues to serve as a blueprint for implementation of the state’s energy policies.

The CEC is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency, with five major responsibilities: forecasting energy needs; licensing power plants; promoting energy efficiency; developing renewable energy; and planning for energy emergencies.

The announcement of Keese’s planned departure occurred during the same week that the Senate confirmed Schwarzenegger's CEC appointee Jackalyne Pfannensteil, and just weeks after the reappointment of Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Ph.D.

At the request of the Schwarzenegger Administration, Keese will continue as California’s designee and co-chair of the Western Governors Association’s Clean and Diversified energy Advisory Committee.
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