January 4, 2022

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia Named Chair of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy

By Bob Marra

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) has appointed Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) as Chair of the California Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy.

“I am honored by the opportunity to serve as Chair for the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy. The legislative review and oversight conducted by this committee comes at a consequential time for California as we strive to achieve our groundbreaking renewable energy goals, improve grid reliability, and ensure access and affordability of essential utilities for communities. We are fully committed to taking on this new role and applying our vision and equity lens to addressing our state’s current and future utility and energy needs,” stated Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia. “I thank Speaker Rendon for this appointment and for the trust and confidence he has placed in our ability to lead this vital policy committee.”

Prior to this new leadership assignment, Assemblymember Garcia served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife.

The primary jurisdictions of the Committee on Utilities and Energy are California Energy Commission; California Independent System Operator; California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC); CPUC oversight and reform; Electric generation: biogas, biomass, coal, geothermal, hydroelectric, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, solar, and wind; Electric grid; Energy efficiency, energy conservation, and demand response; Energy service providers; Natural Gas; Power plant siting; Railroads; Supplier diversity related to CPUC regulated energy, water, and railroad; Utility rates: electric, gas, water, and vessels; Water utilities.

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