The California Public Utilities Commission announced today that the California State Senate has officially confirmed the agency’s two new commissioners.
Governor Jerry Brown appointed Michael Picker and Liane Randolph to serve as commissioners of the CPUC last year, which the state Senate confirmed Tuesday.
Most recently, Picker was senior advisor for renewable energy in the office of the Governor and a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors prior to being named commissioner.
“I am very thankful to the Senate for confirming my appointment and allowing me to continue working with the CPUC’s dedicated staff to make the CPUC a modern, accessible, and formidable regulatory agency,” Picker said in a statement. “Through open and transparent interaction with the Legislature, consumers, and other stakeholders, we have the opportunity to improve the way that the CPUC operates.”
Most recently, Randolph served as deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency. She is a former attorney and an expert in government and administrative law.
“As Commissioner and as Chair of the Committee on Policy and Governance, I am committed to fulfilling the regulatory responsibilities that have been entrusted in the CPUC to ensure for customers the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates,” Randolph said in a statement.
Picker and Randolph’s terms end Jan. 1, 2021, according to the CPUC.
Rachel Matsuoka, Bay City News