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California Environmental Law & Policy Center Presents Chief Counsel of the California Energy Commission, Michael J. Levy

Wednesday, October 31

King Hall, room 1002
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The California Energy Commission's Role in Developing State Energy Policy Michael Levy

Chief Counsel of the California Energy Commission

Michael J. Levy is the Chief Counsel of the California Energy Commission. He supervises the team of 28 attorneys in the agency responsible for licensing all utility-scale thermal power plants in California, for managing the state's Integrated Energy Policy Report, and for maintaining California's appliance and building efficiency standards.

Prior to his appointment, he served for ten years as an attorney with the State Water Resources Control Board, first as California's lead attorney for "total maximum daily loads" (TMDLs), wetlands, and other Clean Water Act programs, and then as General Counsel to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Before his governmental service, Mr. Levy was an attorney in private practice in San Francisco, where he handled complex litigation and appeals.

Mr. Levy earned his Master of Environmental Laws, cum laude, in natural resources and environment from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College in 1998. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego in 1991, and his bachelor's degree in 1988 from UC Davis in Political Science.

He has served on a number of commissions for the City of Davis, holds several appointments as a Judge Pro Temp of the Sacramento Superior Court, and is an Appellate Mediator for the Third District Court of Appeal.