Siting Large Scale Renewable Energy Projects

2012 National Leadership Conference

CSG Energy & Environment Policy Task Force
Siting Large-scale Renewable Energy Projects: Federal, State and Private Sector Perspectives
May 18, 2012

The Obama administration announced dramatic goals for developing alternative energy. What does that mean for states and what considerations should policymakers undertake to turn aspirations into reality? Panelists provided insight from federal, state and private sector perspectives in siting large-scale, commercial renewable energy power plants. This session  covered the financial, regulatory and stakeholder process associated with developing complex projects to help states anticipate future challenges.

Presentation by Timothy Alan Simon, Commissioner, 
California Public Utilities Commission

Siting Large Scale Renewable Energy Projects


Timothy Alan Simon
Timothy Alan Simon was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Feb. 15, 2007. As a former securities and banking industry attorney involved in financial product and services, Commissioner Simon firmly supports investment in California's utility infrastructure as being critical to the state's economic future, and encourages a balanced public policy in areas of utility regulation.

On a national level, Commissioner Simon is chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on Natural Gas. He is also a member of NARUC's Board of Directors, Critical Infrastructure Committee, Consumer Affairs Committee, Utility Market Access Partnership Sub-committee, Gas Speculation Task Force, and Wireless Task Force. In his role as NARUC Gas Committee Chair, Commissioner Simon also sits on the National Petroleum Council, an oil and gas advisory committee to the secretary of the Department of Energy. Commissioner Simon is a member of the First Friday Caucus, a national educational group on competitive utility markets, the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS) reporting committee, and the former chair of the Liquefied Natural Gas Partnership between NARUC and DOE. He is also on the Executive Committee of the of the the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, a regional association within NARUC.

At the state level, Commissioner Simon is a member of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative at U.C. Berkeley, and the California Green Collar Jobs Council.  Prior to joining the CPUC, Commissioner Simon served as the Appointments Secretary to Governor Schwarzenegger, the first African American in California history to hold that post. 

Commissioner Simon received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and a Juris Doctor from Hastings College of the Law, University of California.  He currently is an adjunct professor of Securities Regulations at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, and acts as an advisor on international securities in Golden Gate’s U.S. Legal Studies Program.