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.

Assignment

The fellow will work in the office of Commissioner Patty Monahan, which leads transportation policy work for the Energy Commission, oversees the Clean Transportation Program, and co-leads development of new low carbon hydrogen and industrial decarbonization demonstration and scale-up programs. Commissioner Monahan also works with the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group to help investments equitably benefit all Californians.

The fellow will conduct analyses and help develop investment opportunities and reports across the office’s focus areas. Activities will include providing written, technical, and presentation support as well as attending relevant meetings and workshops. In addition, the fellow may help prepare talking points, presentations, social media materials, and memoranda to better inform California energy and transportation policy decisions and engage the public. 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 partially or fully remote.

Desired Skills

  •   Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to research and synthesize information across transportation and 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 transportation, energy, sustainability, public policy, technical analysis, and/or physical sciences.

Office staff who might serve as mentors

  • Patty Monahan, Commissioner
  •  Sarah Lim, Advisor to Commissioner Patty Monahan
  • Ben Wender, Advisor to Commissioner Patty Monahan

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