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Affiliation: 
California Energy Commission
Title: Commissioner

Biography

James D. Boyd was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to a second five-year term on the California Energy Commission on February 2, 2007. He was first appointed to the California Energy Commission on February 6, 2002, and he was appointed to the Vice Chair position on June 16, 2006 Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Boyd was Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff of the California Resources Agency. He created and chaired the state's first Joint Agency Climate Change Team and the state's Natural Gas Working Group. Commissioner Boyd has served for fifteen years as the Chief Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), directing the nation's largest state air pollution control program. During this period, CARB led the nation in establishing new pollution control programs for motor vehicles and fuels, toxic air contaminants, consumer products, and industrial and area sources. Commissioner Boyd currently presides over the Energy Commission's Transportation Committee and currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the University of California Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies. He is the Energy Commission's representative on the Steering Team of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, and has served on the Governor's Hydrogen Highway Network Implementation Advisory Panel. He led the Commission's efforts to develop the State Alternative Fuels Plan requested by the Governor and Legislature. He oversees the implementation of Assembly Bill 118 which established an Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program at the Energy Commission. Vice Chair Boyd chairs the Bio-energy Interagency Working Group that developed and is now implementing the Governor's Bio-energy Action Plan and also serves as the state's liaison to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and as California's representative on the Border Governors' Conference Energy Worktable. He presently serves on the Governor's Climate Action Team. A California native, Commissioner Boyd received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.