About PANC

The Power Association of Northern California is a nonprofit trade organization founded in 1985 for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding of the power industry in California. PANC’s goal is to educate our members on issues affecting their businesses and help them navigate the ever increasing complexity that is California’s energy market. PANC members include energy professionals from investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, power marketers, fuel suppliers, municipal utilities, energy customers, and regulatory agencies.

Board of Directors


Les Guliasi
TransBay Cable
Berkeley, CA
PH: 415.971.6463  -  lgg2@comcast.net
LES GULIASI is an independent energy consultant with Trans Bay Cable LLC and SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners, where he is responsible for governmental & regulatory affairs and business development. Following a lengthy career at PG&E, Les worked for Reliant/RRI Energy (now NRG Energy), and served as a consultant with Booz|Allen|Hamilton focusing on developing renewable energy projects on military installations. Les has worked with government agencies and independent energy producers and transmission owners in resource and strategic planning, business and renewable energy development, generation and transmission project permitting and development, and governmental and regulatory affairs. He has been a Board member of the Power Association since 2003 and previously served as Vice President. He is currently President of the Board.

Jane_LuckhardtJane E. Luckhardt
General Counsel
Northern California Power Agency
Roseville, CA
PH: 916.781.3636 -  jane.luckhardt@ncpa.com
JANE LUCKHARDT has been an instrumental player in California’s energy industry for the past 25 years, working both with established utilities and energy providers, as well as companies on the forefront of renewable and sustainable energy technologies. Her practice focuses on renewable and traditional energy, oil and gas, and offers an expanded litigation platform from which she can provide legal services to the energy industry.

thumb_KowalewskiAvisAvis Kowalewski
Dir, Western Regulatory Affairs
Calpine Corporation
Dublin, CA
PH: 925.479.6640 – kowalewskia@calpine.com
AVIS KOWALEWSKI is Vice President of Western Government and Regulatory Affairs of Calpine Corporation with responsibility for advocating Calpine’s position before state regulatory agencies in California and other western states on electricity, natural gas and environmental policies. She began her professional career at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, working on gas pipeline regulatory issues, electric transmission access issues, revenue and load forecasting and other strategic planning initiatives regarding utility gas and electric procurement.

michael_woodsMichael Woods
Attorney at Law
Sonoma, CA
PH: 707.996.1776 – mwoods@mrwlawcorp.com
MICHAEL WOODS is an attorney in private practice and provides legal support to the development and operation of large-scale energy infrastructure projects, including transmission and generation. He has structured public-private partnerships in both land development and energy contexts. His practice has emphasized local government, land use and planning law, and the California Environmental Quality Act. Michael has been involved with legal, regulatory and organizational issues concerning the gas and electric industries and the development of new utility enterprises, while providing general and special counsel services to development companies, cities, water districts and consulting firms.


sean_beattySean Beatty
Regional General Counsel, West
NRG Energy, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
PH: 415.627.1639 – sean.beatty@nrg.com
SEAN BEATTY is currently NRG Energy’s West Region General Counsel.  In that role, he is responsible for all legal matters associated with NRG Energy’s gas-fired generation fleet in California and Nevada.  Prior to moving into the regional general counsel role, Sean served as Director, Regulatory Affairs for NRG Energy.  Sean came to an NRG predecessor in August 2008 from the San Francisco law firm, Cooper, White & Cooper LLP where he spent 13 years representing small and mid-sized telephone companies before the CPUC and the FCC. Sean graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a philosophy degree in 1988 and received his J.D. in 1991 from UC Hastings College of the Law.

EricEisenmanEric Eisenman
Director, ISO Relations
& FERC Policy
Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
San Francisco, CA
PH: 415.973.6172 – exe3@pge.com
ERIC EISENMAN has been Director of ISO Relations & FERC Policy since 2004. His group is responsible for PG&E’s overall relationship with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). This includes developing PG&E’s positions on policy issues being debated at the CAISO, advocating PG&E’s positions on policy issues to the CAISO Board and management, and managing PG&E’s participation in CAISO stakeholder processes. ISO Relations & FERC Policy is also responsible for developing PG&E’s positions in CAISO proceedings at the FERC, and in rulemakings and various other FERC proceedings.

Patrick Ferguson
Davis Wright Tremaine
San Francisco, CA
PH: 415.276.6500 – PatrickFerguson@dwt.com
PATRICK FERGUSON is a Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he specializes in energy law.  He represents utilities and independent power producers in proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission, structures and negotiates power purchase agreements and other energy related contracts, and works to shape California energy policy and regulation. Patrick has a law degree from Columbia Law School and an undergraduate business degree from Georgetown University.

Mike Florio
Florio Consulting
Oakland, CA
PH: 415.202.4071 – mikeflorio@rocketmail.com
MIKE FLORIO was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission on January 25, 2011, by Governor Jerry Brown. Prior to this appointment, Commissioner Florio was a senior attorney at The Utility Reform Network, and served in that capacity since 1978. Commissioner Florio is a member of California Conference of Public Utility Counsel. He was also a member of the board of governors of the California Independent System Operator from 1997 to 2005. Commissioner Florio holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, a M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. from Bowling Green State University.

 jeremiahHalliseyJeremiah F. Hallisey
Senior Partner
Hallisey and Johnson
San Francisco, CA
PH: 415.433.5300 – jfhallisey@gmail.com

JERRY HALLISEY has served as a Regent of the University of California for twelve years and as a member of the California Transportation Commission for eight years. Mr. Hallisey has played major roles in many statewide election campaigns of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor Gray Davis, Controller John Chiang, Controller Steve Westly, President Barack Obama, and many others. Jerry has also served as Chairman Oversight Committee of The U.S. Department of Energy Laboratories at Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos. U.S. Department of Energy Q Security Clearance. He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.

rand_havensRand Havens
General Manager, West Region
Shell Energy North America
Berkeley, CA
PH: 510.665.9081 – rand.havens@shell.com


NancyRyanNancy Ryan
Director, Policy and Strategy
Energy & Environmental Economics
San Francisco, CA
PH: 415.391.5100 – nancy.ryan@ethree.com
NANCY RYAN is an economist with over two decades of experience in energy and environmental policy. Dr. Ryan comes to E3 from the California Public Utilities Commission where she held several high-level appointed positions including Deputy Executive Director for Policy and External Relations (2011-2013), Commissioner (2010-2011), and Chief of Staff to President Michael R. Peevey (2007-2009). During her tenure at the CPUC, Dr. Ryan guided development of California’s cutting edge policies in renewable energy, smart grid, energy storage, electric transportation and long term planning and procurement. She also worked closely with senior officials from the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the California ISO and the Governor’s Office to devise strategies to achieve California’s ambitious Greenhouse Gas reduction targets and develop regulations implementing California’s cap and trade program for the electric sector.

stephen-st-marieStephen St. Marie
Policy & Planning Advisor
CA Public Utilities Commission
San Francisco, CA
PH: 415.703.5173 – stephen.stmarie@cpuc.ca.gov
STEPHEN ST. MARIE is an Economist and Policy Advisor who serves as a Regulatory Analyst in the California Public Utilities Commission’s Policy and Planning Division, advising primarily on energy and water matters.  He has been with the CPUC since 2003.  During that time, he has been an Advisor to two Commissioners, Catherine J.K. Sandoval and John A Bohn.  He was Chief of Staff to Commissioner Bohn.  He originally served in the CPUC’s Energy Division.  Steve was President of the Power Association from 2003 to 2011.

Beth Vaughan
BV Consulting
Concord, CA
PH: 925.408.5142 – beth@beth411.com
BETH VAUGHAN was appointed Executive Director of the California Cogeneration Council (CCC) in June 2007. The CCC is an ad hoc association of natural gas-fired cogenerators located throughout California, in the service territories of all three of California’s major investor-owned electric utilities. CCC members operate more than 30 different cogeneration projects in California, generating about 1,300 megawatts (MWs), representing a significant share of the distributed combined heat and power (CHP) projects now operating in California. She has over 20 years of experience in public policy, strategic planning, project management, public relations and information technology.  Ms. Vaughan is Policy Development Manager for the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (CFEE)-a nonprofit coalition of business, labor, and environmental interests who convene forums with legislative and regulatory leaders to address complex economic and environment issues.

WeiszDawn Weisz
Chief Executive Officer
Marin Clean Energy
San Rafael, CA
PH: 415.464.6020 – dweisz@mcecleanenergy.org
DAWN WEISZ is the CEO for Marin Clean Energy where she has coordinated efforts to explore, develop and launch MCE as the first Community Choice Aggregation program in California. Under her watch MCE has launched service to over 170,000 customers in 17 communities, entered into power supply agreements that have doubled the amount of renewable energy purchased in the region, initiated numerous local renewable generation projects, and achieved greenhouse gas reductions though energy efficiency and by exceeding state requirements for renewable energy supply. Before joining MCE Ms. Weisz managed energy and sustainability initiatives for the County of Marin, served as the Executive Director for Sustainable North Bay, and was a labor and environmental justice organizer in Los Angeles. Ms. Weisz has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and for the National American Planning Association. She has also received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Power Association of Northern California.