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Commission Announces New Utility Program Director



April 25, 2012 (2012-004)
Contacts:    Susan Ackerman, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Stephen Bloom, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962


Salem, OR.  The Oregon Public Utility Commission has chosen former Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB) legal counsel Jason Eisdorfer as the Commission’s new Utility Program Director. Eisdorfer will oversee a staff of approximately 77 employees who advise the Commission how to regulate electric, natural gas, telephone and water companies. He succeeds Lee Sparling, who retired in 2011. 
Eisdorfer is currently the Greenhouse Gas Policy Strategist for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). He is serving as the senior technical consultant and advisor on developing and implementing strategic objectives, policies and programs related to global, national and state greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide issues. Prior to going to work for the BPA he served as legal counsel and energy program director of the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) for 13 years. At CUB, he represented residential consumers in numerous rate cases and policy dockets before the Oregon Public Utility Commission.
He has co-authored legislation related to electric utility operations and to climate change, including the Oregon Renewable Energy Act and the Climate Change Integration Act. He is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School and the University of Oregon School of Law.
He received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and received certificates of completion in the Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Ocean and Coastal Program. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago.