Joseph Desmond

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Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as member and Chair 5/2005 to 1/2006
Reappointed by Governor Schwarzenegger 1/26/2006




Joseph Desmond was reappointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to a full five-year term on January 26, 2006. He was initially appointed Chairman of the California Energy Commission in May 2005 to fulfill the unexpired term of former Chairman William Keese. In May 2006, Mr. Desmond was appointed Under Secretary for Energy Affairs in the California Resources Agency.

The five members of the Energy Commission are appointed by the Governor to staggered five-year terms and requires Senate confirmation. By law, the five members of the Energy Commission have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics and law. One commissioner is appointed from the public-at-large. Chairman Desmond filled the public-at-large position.

As Chairman, Mr. Desmond represented the Governor on the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB). Mr. Desmond, of Pleasanton, served as Deputy Secretary for Energy at the Resources Agency in 2004. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Infotility, Inc., an energy consulting and software development firm for four years. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Desmond was President and Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Lighting, Inc., a manufacturer of controllable lighting systems, and from 1991 to 1997 he was with Parke Industries, where he served as vice president. Mr. Desmond was marketing and demand planning administrator for Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant, a publicly owned utility, from 1987 to 1991. He also served as co-chair of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group's Energy Committee from 2001 to 2004 and as a board member of the National Association of Energy Service Companies.


Papers and Presentations by Chairman Desmond

Note: Most listings are in chronlogical order.

"Vision, Leadership and Execution", Speech given by Energy Commission Chairman Joseph Desmond at New Frontier Power Summit, San Diego, Calif., April 18, 2006. Posted: May 2, 2006. (PDF file, 4 pages, 91 kb).

"Schwarzenegger Administration Conference Call on High Gas Prices and Biofuels Executive Order" - Presentation given by Energy Commission Chairman Joseph Desmond, during on-line WebEx News Conference" on April 26, 2006. (PDF file, 28 pages, 1.0 megabytes, ID # CEC-999-2006-004)

Gasoline Price Movements in California - Summer 2005 - Presentation given at November 18, 2005, on-line news conference by Chairman Joseph Desmond. (Acrobat PDF file, 561 kb, ID # CEC-999-2005-023)

Liquefied Natural Gas - Presentation by Joseph Desmond, Chairman, California Energy Commission before Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Informational Hearing, October 27, 2005. (Acrobat PDF file, 467 kb, ID # CEC-999-2006-002)

California's Natural Gas Situation, Status and Actions - Presentation by Joseph Desmond, Chairman, California Energy Commission at the October 4, 2005, news conference (Acrobat PDF file, 964 kb, ID # CEC-999-2005-021)

"California's Petroleum Situation, Status and Actions," presentation by Chairman Joseph Desmond at the September 2, 2005, news conference on consumer gasoline information. (PDF file, 28 pages, 775 kilobytes, ID # CEC-999-2005-020).

"Energy Agency Reorganization Plan," presentation August 25, 2005, by Chairman Joseph Desmond before the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee on Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to establish a Department of Energy. (PDF file, 25 pages, 494 kilobytes, ID # CEC-999-2005-019).

Presentation by Joe Desmond, Chairman California Energy Commission, before the Little Hoover Commission on Governor's Energy Agency Reorganization Plan. May 25, 2005. (Acrobat PDF file, 10 pages, 696 kilobytes, ID # CEC-999-2005-013).

Formal Testimony filed May 19, 2005, by Joe Desmond, Chairman California Energy Commission, with the Little Hoover Commission. (Acrobat PDF file, 5 pages, 36 kilobytes, ID # CEC-999-2005-013-AT1).