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Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., D-Calif., has announced two new appointees to the California Energy Commission. Both bring to the commission extensive experience in the renewable energy sector.

The first new appointee, David Russell Hochschild, served as vice president of external relations at Solaria Corp. from 2007 to 2012, as well as a San Francisco public utilities commissioner from 2007 to 2008. Hochschild was also executive director at PV Now from 2006 to 2007 and co-founder and director of policy at the Vote Solar Initiative from 2002 to 2006.

The second appointee, Janea Ashanti Scott, has been deputy counselor for renewable energy and special assistant to the counselor at the U.S. Department of the Interior's, Office of the Secretary since 2009. She has also served in multiple positions at the Environmental Defense Fund from 2000 to 2009, including senior attorney and staff attorney.

Both appointments will require confirmation from the California State Senate.

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