WPTF's Legislative Committee tracks the development of energy policy as it begins to take form in the Legislature. Our primary goal is to provide a view into the origins of the policy making process in the Legislature and thereby afford an opportunity for member companies to offer guidance, support or opposition as specific legislative proposals are developing. An understanding of the political pressures that are impacting California's energy policy is critical to helping our member companies with making smart decisions on major investments.
Increasingly, the legislature is getting more involved in the early stages of energy policy development in California. While the State's Public Utilities Commission and other energy agencies will continue to play major roles in energy policy development, understanding and possibly impacting future energy policy must begin at the earliest stages—while they are still being developed in the legislature. Since we are now faced with a changing RPS world, the advent of a GHG reduction law in California that could reverberate across the West and potentially at a national level, WPTF recommends that our members be more engaged in what happens in California.
The WPTF Legislative Committee holds a weekly conference call to update the membership on the major energy related issues for the week (including key energy legislation or other agency action that impacts energy policy). On a weekly basis, the Legislative Committee provides a written update to the membership on the major energy related issues for the week (including key energy legislation or other agency action that impacts energy policy), as well as a weekly calendar of the upcoming key energy legislative and regulatory meetings.
WPTF Legislative Committee consultant is Jesus Arredondo. Jesus is the principal and founder of Advantage Government Consulting LLC and has over 19 years of experience in media and government relations, including concentrated experience in energy policy. Prior to launching Advantage Consulting, Jesus worked as a senior advisor for two major public relations firms in the United States and Mexico. Jesus also served as a policy advisor to a major California transmission project, principal advisor on an education effort in California concerning natural gas and on a national education campaign concerning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's push for standard market design. Before launching Advantage Consulting, Jesus served five years as Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs for a fortune 500 independent power producer and two years at the California Power Exchange, where he served as Director of Corporate Communications.
Jesus has earned graduate degrees from the University of California, Davis, the University of Miami (FL), and the University of California, Los Angeles. Jesus also served 10 years in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1996.
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