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Energy Commission Celebrates the Life of Arthur Rosenfeld

Dubbed the "godfather of energy efficiency" for developing new standards which helped improve energy efficiency in California

California Energy Commisson

The California Energy Commission joined family and friends to celebrate the life of former Energy Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld March 15 in the Warren-Alquist Building.

Rosenfeld, who died Jan. 27 at age 90, was a commissioner from 2000 to 2010 overseeing the Public Interest Energy Research Program and energy efficiency. He pioneered and championed the energy efficiency standards that have made California an international leader in energy conservation and sustainability.

"We lost a longtime and well-respected champion of forward-thinking energy policy today who led the state's push for energy efficiency," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. "His work and influence will continue, especially in California, where we are committed to finding new opportunities to incorporate his vision and expertise."

Rosenfeld is the author or co-author of nearly 400 peer-reviewed scientific and technical papers. His many awards and commendations include the Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest and the Carnot Award for Energy Efficiency from the U.S. Department of Energy.

In 2006, he received the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the highest honors from the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2008, the Economist magazine named him Innovator of the Year in the field of Energy and Environment. The Energy Commission honored Rosenfeld in 2015 by naming its main hearing room after him.

Rosenfeld is survived by his daughters Margaret and Anne and six grandchildren.