Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a new chairperson of the
California Energy Commission, one of four appointments
the governor made to the CEC and the state Public Utilities
To the PUC, the Democratic
governor named veteran ratepayer
advocate and attorney
Michael Florio and Catherine Sandoval, a law professor
at Santa Clara
University and a telecommunications expert.
Brown did not fill a third vacancy on the
five-member PUC, an
opening made vacant by his earlier decision to move
Commissioner Nancy Ryan
to the agency’s executive staff.
There also was no indication
of whether Brown would select a new president of the
PUC. John Geesman, a
former Energy Commission executive, has been viewed
as a leading for an
appointment to the PUC.
At the Energy Commission, Brown named Commissioner Bob Weisenmiller as the new chair effective Feb. 6, filling the position currently held by Karen Douglas. The governor also appointed Carla Peterman, a renewable
energy expert from UC
Berkeley, to the commission.
The appointments, which require Senate confirmation, were announced by Brown's
office. Biographical sketches of the commissioners
are available here.
Eds: Updates earlier with action by governor's office.