Janea Scott

Appointment Designation – Public Member

  • Appointed 2013
  • Reappointed 2016
  • Appointed Vice Chair 2019

Lead Commissioner for:

  • Electric Program Investment Charge Program (EPIC)
  • Natural Gas Research and Development Program
  • Food Production Investment Program (FPIP)
  • Siting Cases: Laurelwood Data Center
  • Equity Initiatives




Janea A. Scott served from 2013 -2020. She was appointed Vice Chair in 2019.

Scott was one of five commissioners on the Energy Commission, which is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency.

Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed by Governor Brown in January 2016 to serve as the Energy Commission's public member. Governor Gavin Newsom designated her as Vice Chair of the Energy Commission in February 2019.

Scott was the lead commissioner for the Energy Commission’s research and development portfolio, which includes the Electric Program Investment Charge program, the Natural Gas Research Program, and the Food Production Investment Program.

She was also the lead commissioner for collaboration within the western interconnection and for the Energy Commission’s equity initiatives including overseeing the Disadvantaged Communities  Advisory Group.

Scott served as the vice chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and is a member of the Western Interstate Energy Board and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

From 2013 to 2019 she supported the state’s transition to zero-emission vehicles by serving as chair of the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, as well as on the Public Policy Board of Veloz, a nonprofit founded by public and private sector industry veterans working together to advance the electric car movement, and the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

Before joining the Energy Commission, Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund in the New York and Los Angeles offices as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Vice Chair Scott was also an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996 to 1997.

She earned her juris doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her master’s of science and bachelor’s of science in earth systems from Stanford University.