John Pacheco, Deputy Director
John Pacheco was appointed acting Deputy Director of the California Energy Resources Scheduling division by Director Lester Snow on October 1, 2009. He has been at CERS since February 2001 and is currently responsible to manage the multi-billion dollar power contract portfolio and power bond program.
John Pacheco began his employment with the Department of Water Resources as an engineering student assistant in 1978. In 1980, after graduating from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering he began full time employment as an engineer in the Division of Design and Construction (later reorganized to the Division of Engineering). Pacheco has worked in a number of different areas of DWR including the Construction Office, Energy Division, Operations and Maintenance, State Water Project Analysis Office, and Office of State Water Project Planning.
During the 1980s Pacheco served on a variety of tasks including Field Inspection and Contract Administration of construction projects such as DWR's Geothermal program, and Montezuma Slough Salinity Control Structure. In 1985 he took a year long hiatus from DWR and worked in San Diego for a water and waste water consulting firm and a reverse osmosis company. Pacheco returned to DWR and led the FERC licensing for the enlargement of the Devil Canyon Powerplant. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he managed power contracts for the SWP which required coordination and negotiation with other companies and agencies such as the California Energy Commission, Southern California Edison Company, Pacific Gas and Electric, and the Nevada Power Company (Reid Gardner). Pacheco spent the mid-1990s working in SWPAO administering the State Water Contracts, overseeing the SWPs water rights and water transfers, and implementing many of the changes brought by the Monterey Agreement Amendments. In the late 1990's he move to the Bay Delta Hearings and Program Development Program in OSWPP and assisted in the completion of the CalFed Programmatic Environmental Impact Report.
In February of 2001 Pacheco volunteered to help out with the California Energy Crisis. His first task was to negotiate agreements with San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric to collect billions of dollars from ratepayers to pay for the $43 billion of long term power contracts signed by the state and repay $11 billion in bonds used to procure short term power in 2001. Since then Pacheco has been involved in almost every aspect of CERS business from routine invoicing to complex litigation.