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Carla J. Peterman

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Biography – Commissioner Carla J. Peterman

Carla J. Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. Commissioner Peterman is the CPUC’s assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including the Renewables Portfolio Standard,  alternative transportation, and energy storage.


She was previously appointed by Governor Brown, in 2011, to the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas, and the 2012 Independent Energy Policy Report.


She is the first African-American female to be appointed to both Commissions.


An emerging authority on energy policy, Commissioner Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner Peterman has also served as an environmental business analyst at community redevelopment non-profit Isles Inc., and an associate focused on energy financing in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers.


Commissioner Peterman earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She is currently finishing her doctoral studies in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. Commissioner Peterman also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University, where she graduated summa cum laude.


Last Modified: 2/26/2014

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