Solar Advocate Becomes Energy Adviser in California

A strong promoter of renewable energy has been appointed as the energy advisor to California Governor Gray Davis.

LOS ANGELES, California, US, 2001-04-19 <> David Freeman, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, will resign from the utility to work for Davis. He will start in Sacramento before the end of the month, where he will implement the $850 million energy conservation package enacted by the State Legislature. That law includes programs to promote energy-efficient household appliances; high efficiency lighting in commercial buildings; and agricultural energy efficiency programs. “To kick-start the most aggressive energy conservation program in the nation, I could think of no one better than David Freeman,” says Davis. “He gets results.” Freeman will also direct the ’20/20′ program that offers consumers 20 percent off their summer electric bills if they cut their electricity use by 20 percent from June through September. He worked with the state earlier this year to negotiate long-term contracts for the Department of Water Resources as an unpaid advisor. Freeman has worked with LADWP for the past four years. Prior to that, he was the Trustee for the California Independent System Operator and the California Power Exchange Trusts. The 75-year-old Freeman also served as President of the New York Power Authority and as an energy advisor to President Jimmy Carter, an energy consultant to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, head of the energy policy staff in the White House Office of Science & Technology, and as executive assistant to the chairman of the Federal Power Commission. Last October, he received the Global Green’s Local Environmental Leadership Award for his commitment to conservation and the environment. Under his leadership, LADWP has implemented a number of incentives for energy conservation and use of renewable energy systems. Among the utility’s ‘Green LA’ initiatives are Green Power, Solar, Energy Efficiency, Electric Transportation, Cool Schools, New Technologies and Recycling efforts. LADWP serves 3.8 million customers in Los Angeles and is the largest city-owned utility in the United States. A permanent replacement for Freeman at LADWP is not expected until the new mayor and council of Los Angeles take office in July.

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