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For Immediate Release: June 16, 2006
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler - 916-654-4989

Governor Names Pfannenstiel to Chair Energy Commission
Jeffrey Byron Also Appointed to Commission


Sacramento - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has named Jackalyne Pfannenstiel as Chair of the California Energy Commission and appointed Jeffrey Byron as a member of the Commission. Commissioner Jim Boyd has been named as Commission Vice Chair.

"We're excited to have Jackalyne as chair of the Energy Commission. Her expertise on energy policy and environmental conservation will help her provide strong leadership. This also marks the first time in the Commission's 32-year history that a woman will sit as chair," said Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman. "Jeffrey Byron's work in the area of energy efficiency is consistent with the Commission's vision and commitment, and he will be a fantastic addition."

Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, of Piedmont, has served as a member of the Energy Commission since 2004. Pfannenstiel has been an energy policy and strategy advisor for energy developers and public agencies since 2001. Previously, she was with PG&E Corporation from 1980 to 2000 where she served as vice president for strategic initiatives, vice president for planning and manager for rates and regulation. Pfannenstiel was senior economist for the California Public Utilities Commission from 1978 to 1980 and an economist for the Connecticut Public Utilities Commission from 1975 to 1978. She is a trustee for Clark University, Mass.

Jeffrey Byron, of Los Altos, has been president of Byron Consulting Group since 2002, developing strategic energy solutions for mid to large-sized firms. He is currently managing, on behalf of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Sustainable Silicon Valley, an energy efficiency program to reduce energy use and carbon emissions among businesses and other organizations within the Silicon Valley. Previously, he was the director of business development for Enerwise Global Technologies from 2001 to 2002 and Calpine C*Power from 2000 to 2001. Byron was also energy director for the Oracle Corporation from 1996 to 2000 and the founder and chief technical officer for Bright Line Energy from 1995 to 1996. Prior to that, he served at the Electrical Power Research Institute from 1985 to 1995. Byron currently serves as co-chair of the Silicon Valley Leadership Council's Energy Committee and is a former member of the Energy Commission's Public Energy Interest Research Electrical Distribution Advisory Committee

Created by the Legislature in 1974, the California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The Energy Commission has five major responsibilities: forecasting future energy needs and keeping historical energy data; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency through appliance and building standards; developing energy technologies and supporting renewable energy; an planning for and directing state response to energy emergency.

Members of the Commission include: Chair Jackalyne Pfannenstiel; Vice Chair James Boyd; Commissioners: Jeffrey Byron; John Geesman; and Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld.

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