2022 Fellow: Kapil Dheeriya

Learn more about Kapil’s experience:

This fellowship is part of a partnership between Stanford in Government, the Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. If you are accepted as the fellow for this office, you will be required to complete a one-unit course on energy in California taught by Professor Bruce Cain and Visiting Fellow Felicia Marcus during Spring Quarter. Please refer to the Shultz Energy Fellowships website for full program requirements.

Organization/Agency mission or role in state government:

The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, the California Energy Commission has seven core responsibilities:

  • Forecast future energy demand (electricity and natural gas) to assist in planning California’s energy infrastructure;
  • Promote energy efficiency by developing, implementing and enforcing the state’s appliance and building energy efficiency standards, encouraging energy efficiency upgrades in existing buildings and implementing the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39);
  • Certify and issue environmental permits for thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger;
  • Invest in energy research, development, demonstration, and technology commercialization;
  • Support renewable energy development by providing incentives for solar photovoltaic systems on new residential buildings and new geothermal facilities, and implementing the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission;
  • Develop and deploy low-carbon alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies and infrastructure; and
  • Plan for and direct state response to energy emergencies in close partnership with the California Office of Emergency Services.


The fellow will work in the office of Energy Commission Chair David Hochschild under direct mentorship of his policy advisors. Chair Hochschild leads the Energy Commission, which is the state’s primary energy planning and policy agency. Priorities broadly include policy research and projects that support achievement of California’s ambitious climate and energy targets.

The fellow will conduct analysis and support efforts in areas such as climate tech research and innovation, clean electricity system planning, gas system decarbonization, building decarbonization, grid reliability, and clean transportation. The fellow will also support the development of the Integrated Energy Policy Report, an assessment of energy trends and issues facing California. 

In addition, the fellow may help prepare talking points, presentations, and memoranda to better inform California energy policy decisions. The fellowship will be project-oriented, but will also include shorter-term tasks.

CEC staff will have a flexible hybrid work policy for summer 2023. The fellow will have the option to work fully in-person, partially remote, or fully remote. Partial or full in-person work is highly encouraged. 

Desired Skills:

  • Strong communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Ability to research and synthesize information across energy-related topics 
  • A demonstrated desire to work in dynamic team environment and engage with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Coursework or experience in clean energy, sustainability, public policy, technical analysis, and/or physical sciences.

Potential Mentors

  • Chair David Hochschild
  • Noemí Gallardo, Chief of Staff
  • Katerina Robinson, Chief Policy Advisor 
  • Terra Weeks, Senior Advisor
  • Ken Rider, Advisor

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