Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
2015 Government Award WInner
Carla Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December 2012. Peterman led the CPUC’s adoption of an energy storage procurement framework, the first mandatory U.S. utility program for purchasing energy storage. Through Peterman’s work, investments in energy storage are increasing rapidly in California and across the country. She currently oversees the CPUC’s $1 billion-plus annual customer-funded Energy Efficiency Program, leads implementation of California’s 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard, and is in charge of the CPUC’s Alternative Vehicle Program, which supports California’s goal to put 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. She formerly served as a California Energy Commissioner. Peterman holds a BA in History from Howard University and an MS and MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She is finishing doctoral studies in Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley.