John Sugar has 33 years’ experience in energy program financial analysis and program management.
Mr. Sugar graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with an A.B. degree in economics in 1974. He earned an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of
California, Berkeley in 1975.
From 1975 through 1979, Mr. Sugar was responsible for program and project evaluation and management review of a variety of state health, social service and transportation programs.
In 1980, Mr. Sugar joined the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD) Conservation Department, supervising program evaluation and budgeting. In 1983, he moved to the
Rate Department, developing experimental time-of-use rate programs, and assisting in financings and portfolio management. In 1985, he joined the Resource Planning Department, developing methodologies to
incorporate demand-side programs into the portfolio of resource options available to SMUD
In 1988, Mr. Sugar joined the California Energy Commission, developing and implementing a least-cost methodology for Resource Planning in the Commission's Electricity Report
7. From 1989 through 1993, as Chief Resource Planner, he was responsible for developing methodologies to incorporate costs of air pollutant emissions and the impacts of efficiency programs into least-cost
planning for use in the Commission's Electricity Reports of 1990 and 1992.
From 1993 to 1999, he managed technical and engineering staff responsible for analysis underlying New Construction Efficiency and Appliance Efficiency standards as well as efficiency
From 1999 through 2011, he managed the Commission's programs providing Best Practices workshops and energy surveys to industry, as well as programs providing technical and financial
assistance to local jurisdictions.
During the 2000-2001 California “Peak Load Crisis”, Mr. Sugar was responsible for developing and assisting the implementation of programs to reduce electricity peak loads
among agricultural, commercial and public agency customer classes.
Mr. Sugar has prepared and presented formal testimony in a number of staff capacities to the California Energy Commission, including testimony on New Construction Efficiency Standards
cost-effectiveness, expected impacts and the Efficiency Standards development process.
He has also prepared and presented formal testimony to the California Public Utilities Commission inclusion of costs of damages from air pollutants, and on incorporating the costs of
future emissions controls in integrated, least-cost resource planning.
Mr. Sugar has appeared before the California Energy Commission as well as a variety of local agencies, presenting information on Commission efficiency
programs, and anticipated impacts from specific projects.