A Review of Governor’s Reorganization Plan No. 1 on Energy, Oil and Recycling Programs

Report #131, March 1995

OVERVIEW

Proposed by: Governor Pete Wilson.

Objective: Reorganize the California Energy Commission and related governmental functions. Specifically, the plan eliminates the Energy Commission, transfers all existing divisions and functions of the Energy Commission and the Department of Conservation, except recycling, to a newly created Department of Energy and Conservation, moves the recycling program to a modified Integrated Waste Management Board and removes oil oversight functions from the State Lands Commission.

Commission recommendation: Implement plan with two modifications. The Commission qualified its approval of the energy reorganization by requesting the Administration to consider adding a public member to the new Energy Facilities Siting Board and requiring the adoption of an explicit state energy policy each two years that will be a guide for all policy decisions.

Legislative action: Rejected.