Previously, I was at the California Energy Commission for more than 30 years. My last position was as Advisor to Commissioner Art Rosenfeld (2000-2008), which was a wonderful experience. The highpoint was overseeing Art’s 80th birthday symposium, “The Rosenfeld Effect,” at UC Berkeley on April 28, 2006, which featured some of the most preeminent researchers in the fields of energy efficiency and climate (available as a webcast).
The Commission is California’s long range planning agency, and is responsible for demand forecasting, supply assessments, efficiency standards, public interest R&D, power plant licensing, and contingency planning. My activities during my tenure at the Commission emphasized developing new building and appliance efficiency standards, oversight of the Commission’s $80 million per year Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, and developing long-term scenarios for California’s energy system.
I was a winner of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s “Champion of Energy Efficiency” Award in 2006 for my work on increasing the efficiency of external power supplies.
Outside the Commission, I was a member of the Boards of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the New Buildings Institute, the Building Codes Assistance Project, and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. I was also chair of the Buildings Committee of the National Association of State Energy Officials.
On-line video of me:
Future Trends Forum, sponsored by the Bankinter Fundación de la Innovación, Madrid, Spain, May 22, 2007.
Peder Sather Lecture, Uuniversity of California, Berkeley, March 20, 2006 (realplayer video–I am the third speaker, about 45 minutes in).
Contact me at: johnw838 at yahoo dot com