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For Immediate Release: June 23, 2005
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler - 916-654-4989

California Energy Commission Appoints New Executive Director

Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission has unanimously selected B. B. Blevins as its newest Executive Director.

Prior to taking the position at the Energy Commission, Mr. Blevins served as the Executive Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, as an appointee of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in September 2004.

"Mr. Blevins has a breadth and depth of knowledge regarding energy and environmental issues that uniquely qualifies him for this position," commented Energy Commission Chairman Joseph Desmond. "He served as the Governor's first appointee to the California Energy Commission, worked on the 2001 electricity crisis and had previously served as the Commission's Executive Director in the early 1990's. The Commission and the public are fortunate that he is back focusing on California's energy issues."

Chairman Desmond praised Scott Matthews the Commission's Chief Deputy Director for taking over as Acting Executive Director. "Scott did a great job in keeping the Commission moving forward on power plant licensing cases, the Energy Report and most important of all, mentoring Commission staff. He has been at the Commission almost since its inception 30 years ago and his dedication, knowledge of energy issues and commitment to the organization and staff make him an outstanding manager and dedicated public servant."

Governor Pete Wilson appointed Mr. Blevins as Undersecretary of Cal/EPA in 1997. Governor Wilson previously appointed him in 1995 as the Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Conservation. Mr. Blevins served as Executive Director of the California Energy Commission from 1992 to 1995, as the Advisor to the Chairman of the Commission 1983 to 1992, and as a program manager on the Commission's staff from 1977 to 1983.

Over the years Mr. Blevins has served on the Board of Directors for various environmental and energy-related organizations. He has most recently been a Board Member at the Center for Clean Air Policy in Washington D.C. Other boards include the Science and Industry Advisory Board at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Natural Gas Vehicle Advisory Board, State Government Task Force on Alternative Fuels and the editorial board for Forum, an environmental policy journal published by the University of Tennessee. Mr. Blevins was also a member of the German Marshall Fund Study Tour on Global Climate Change.

Mr. Blevins is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of New Mexico.

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