California Energy Commission,
Karen Douglas, J.D., Commissioner
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To help support the state's long-term greenhouse gas reduction goals, the Energy Commission is exploring emerging technologies and approaches that can provide low carbon electricity generation and grid support services. Offshore renewable energy provides the possibility of an abundant supply of renewable, zero carbon energy, but also presents environmental and permitting complexities that need to be fully explored.
On May 12, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown, Jr. sent a letter to Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell requesting the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to establish a task force to look at opportunities for offshore renewable energy development off the California coast. Subsequently, the BOEM-California Renewable Energy Task Force was established to collaborate on planning, permitting, and coordination related to offshore renewable energy development off the California coast. In her presentation, Commissioner Douglas will provide an overview of the BOEM-California Renewable Energy Task Force and actions the state has taken to plan for offshore wind.
Karen Douglas was originally appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in February 2008 and re-appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. She served as Chair from February 2009 to February 2011. She fills the Attorney position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas-engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner Douglas is the lead commissioner on power plant siting.
From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Douglas served as Director of the California Climate Initiative at the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to going to the Environmental Defense Fund, Ms. Douglas spent four years at the Planning and Conservation League. Commissioner Douglas is a 2001 graduate of the Stanford Law School and holds a Master's Degree in public policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.