Former Calif. PUC Commissioner To Join SCE As Senior Vice President Of Regulatory Affairs
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Southern California Edison has named former California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) member Carla Peterman as its new senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs, effective Oct. 1.
Effective Sept. 2, Steven Powell, currently senior vice president, Strategy, Planning and Operational Performance, will assume the newly created position of executive vice president, Operations, and Jill Anderson, currently vice president of Customer Programs and Services, will take the new position of senior vice president of Strategic Planning and Power Supply.
Peterman served a six-year term on the PUC from 2013-2018. Peterman led several PUC clean-energy initiatives, including the adoption of the nation’s first electric utility energy storage mandate, approval of $965 million of utility investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, adoption of utility energy-efficiency goals and the continued implementation of California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard.
Before her CPUC appointment, Peterman served on the California Energy Commission (CEC), where she was the lead commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas and the 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report. She also is a former board member of The Utility Reform Network, an organization that represents consumers before the CPUC and California Legislature.
She was appointed earlier this year by Gov. Newsom to chair the Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery, which played a critical role in developing recommendations that led to passage of legislation that holds utilities accountable for reducing wildfire risks from their equipment and encourages a financially stable electric industry.
At SCE, Peterman will be responsible at the national and state levels for the company’s Regulatory Affairs and Energy and Environmental Policy organizations.
As a former state official, under the Political Reform Act, Peterman will be restricted from lobbying at the CPUC through the remainder of the year and is prohibited permanently from advising SCE on any regulatory proceedings that she participated in at the Commission.
As executive vice president, Operations, Powell will direct SCE’s Transmission and Distribution, Customer Service, and Safety, Security and Business Resiliency functions, among other duties. He joined the company in 2000 and has held executive positions at both Edison International and SCE.
As senior vice president of Strategic Planning and Power Supply, Anderson will be responsible for SCE’s Energy Procurement and Management, Power Generation, Strategic Planning, and Environmental Planning and Strategy organizations. She joined SCE in January 2018, having previously served as executive vice president and chief commercial officer at the New York Power Authority.