A graduate of Stanford University’s doctoral program, Traci Bliss, PhD, worked as a professor at Idaho State University in Pocatello and Twin Falls. Passionate about conservation, Traci Bliss began her career with the California Energy Commission (CEC), where she helped local governments design energy conservation programs. Today, Traci Bliss continues her conservation passion writing about the history of state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz County.
Established in 1974 as a result of the Warren-Alquist Act, the CEC serves as the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. It strives to reduce overall energy costs as well as environmental impact, such as greenhouse gas emissions.
Throughout the year, the CEC conducts workshops, prepares seminars, and invites speakers to discuss topics pertaining to energy. On March 3, 2017, the CEC and its staff presented a workshop covering the topic of offshore renewable energy in the state. Members of federal and state governments, energy developers, and researchers gathered to discuss offshore renewable energy and how the development of a Data Basin Portal will affect collecting and sharing data. The workshop also covered recent research findings pertaining to offshore wind energy and selecting offshore development sites.