• Michael Picker, President

    Michael Picker was named President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on December 23, 2014, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who first appointed President Picker as a Commissioner on January 29, 2014. Prior to his appointment, President Picker was Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor from 2009 to 2014. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, Deputy Treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999, Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999, and Deputy Assistant for toxic substance control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 2012-2014. President Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.

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  • Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Action Plan

    Final DER Action Plan (May 3, 2017)
       o On May 3, 2017, the CPUC made the following non-substantive changes to the DER Action Plan in order to improve clarity: the “Continuing Elements” and “Action Elements” in each Track were consolidated into one set of “Action Elements” for each Track, elements were renumbered, and the text was modified to reflect these changes. No other modifications were made. A red-lined version of the DER Action Plan showing these changes, and a document showing conversions between the old and new numbering systems, are available here:
          o Final DER Action Plan (May 3, 2017) - REDLINE
          o DER Action Plan - Vision and Action Element Numbering Conversions
    DER Action Plan Summary
    Final DER Action Plan (November 10, 2016)
    View results of online comments submitted on the Draft Distributed Energy Resources Action Plan
    Workshop Presentation
    Draft DER Action Plan

     For questions regarding the DER Action Plan, please contact Mary Claire Evans, Energy Division, at MaryClaire.Evans@cpuc.ca.gov.

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