For Immediate Release: October 7, 2011
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield - 916-654-4989


Commissioner James Boyd Receives Prominent Air Quality Award

South Coast Air Quality Management District Acknowledges Commission Vice Chair

SACRAMENTO - Vice Chair James D. Boyd has been awarded the S. Roy Wilson Award for Leadership in Government by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. This prestigious award honors Commissioner Boyd's lifelong contributions to air quality, public health and energy issues through innovation, leadership and exemplary service.

"We are proud of Jim's accomplishments in an incredible career that has spanned five decades. He has been a thoughtful and articulate guardian of California's diverse resources," said Dr. Robert Weisenmiller, Energy Commission Chair. "Jim's guidance has helped make California a leader in energy and environmental policy and programs."

Vice Chair Boyd has served as an Energy Commissioner for 10 years and will retire from public service at the end of this year. For most of his professional career, Commissioner Boyd has been an avid promoter of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology to reduce greenhouse gases, secure energy independence and position California as a leader in the transportation arena. Before his appointment to the Energy Commission, Mr. Boyd was Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff of the California Natural Resources Agency. He created and chaired the state's first Joint Agency Climate Change Team and the state's Natural Gas Working Group.

Commissioner Boyd also served for 15 years as the Chief Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), directing the nation's largest state air pollution control program. During this time, CARB led the nation in establishing new pollution control programs for motor vehicles and fuels, toxic air contaminants, consumer products, and industrial and area sources.

California Air Resources Board chairman and long time colleague, Mary D. Nichols, praised Boyd's dedication, "This award recognizes Jim's exemplary commitment to public health that marks his remarkable 50-year career in public service. Millions of Californians are breathing cleaner air thanks to the pioneering programs that Jim helped develop."

Boyd currently presides over the Energy Commission's Transportation Committee and serves on the Board of Advisors of the University of California Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies. He led the Energy Commission's efforts to develop the State Alternative Fuels Plan and oversees the state's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. He is the Energy Commission's representative on the Steering Team of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, and has served on the Governor's Hydrogen Highway Network Implementation Advisory Panel.

A video of Vice Chair Boyd's acceptance of the S. Roy Wilson Award for Leadership in Government is available at

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.

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