June 30, 2021 - 

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is pleased to announce that the State Senate on Monday confirmed the appointment of Darcie L. Houck as Commissioner of the CPUC. Governor Gavin Newsom announced her appointment as Commissioner on Feb. 9, 2021.

“I would like to thank the members of the Senate for their confirmation of my appointment to the CPUC,” said Commissioner Houck. “There are many pressing issues in front of us that I look forward to continuing to address with my fellow Commissioners and the dedicated staff at the CPUC, including ensuring energy and communications reliability, fighting climate change, mitigating utility involved wildfires, and ensuring social and environmental justice considerations in all of our policies, among other issues.”

Prior to her appointment to the CPUC Commissioner Houck served as Chief Counsel for the California Energy Commission since 2019. Commissioner Houck was an Administrative Law Judge at the CPUC from 2016 to 2019, a Partner at Fredericks Peebles & Morgan from 2005 to 2016, and Staff Counsel and Policy Advisor at the California Energy Commission from 2000 to 2005. Commissioner Houck has expertise in matters concerning environmental equity, nuclear energy regulation, and safety policy. She has an extensive background representing Native American tribes throughout the country on matters involving energy, natural resources, land claims, and water rights, among others.

More information on Commissioner Houck is available at www.cpuc.ca.gov/houck.

Commissioners are appointed to the CPUC for six-year terms and require Senate confirmation.

The CPUC regulates services and utilities, protects consumers, safeguards the environment, and assures Californians’ access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services. For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.


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