john-at-huntington_300.jpgI’m John Wilson, and I live in Sacramento, California. I recently (July 2008 ) became the Program Director for Buildings at the Energy Foundation in San Francisco.

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.

I have B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of California (Berkeley and Davis).

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

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6 responses to “About

  1. John,

    I would like to exchange emails on some of the work we are doing on the renewable front. Some in Sacramento. It sounds like you should be informed about what we are doing.


    Greg Osterloh
    Opis Technologies, LLC

  2. Dear Mr. Wilson,
    I am impressed by the list of your favorite books.
    You “enjoy the website edge.com” – one of my favorites. For such a person, as you are, it might be interesting an entirely new (though mind-confusing) field of science tries to overcome high barriers of the modern scientific infrastructure. For most of scientists our discovery is still either fraud or “paranormal fantasy”, but open-minded physicists already acknowledged it as a direct evidence, which proves the reality of holographic principle (first discovered in cosmology).
    Best regards,
    Marina Shaduri, Ph.D.

  3. Hi John
    Did you ever attend Richmond High school, back around 1950 ? Did you know Doris Aichele ? Please respond, one way or another. Looking for the John Wilson who did. Thank you for your time. Sandy

  4. John
    Would like to get together with you the next time you’re in San Francisco and hear about your new position with the Energy Foundation.

    Marty Kurtovich
    Senior Business Development Manager
    Chevron Energy Solutions

  5. Pete Manoukian

    Hi John: I went to Covington Junior High School with Bob Danielson and Victor Wahl and you. I just got off the phone with Victor. He is in Room C3-18A. Visiting hours are daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. I am going to try and see him about six o’clock tonight.

    My cell phone is 650-575-7022.

  6. John,

    Hey I like your website; very nice. Cannot find your email, so here goes.

    We are pleased to announce that Black & Veatch has expanded its presence in San Francisco and has moved to a new office on the Fifth Floor of 650 California Street. We hope you’ll help us celebrate our expansion by joining us for an Open House on Thursday, May 13, 2010, from 4 – 7 p.m. We’ll be featuring a Mediterranean buffet, live acoustic music, and the opportunity to chat with our experts. If others in your office want to join us, please do.
    You may click here to view the invitation. You can also visit http://www.bvbaybuzz.com for further information about our office expansion.
    Please RSVP by replying to this email.

    Best regards,


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