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Consultant with one year of experience making top dollar to head power team

SACRAMENTO (AP) – A business consultant with only one year of experience in the energy industry will be paid up to $240,000 a year to head a 15-person team of traders and schedulers to keep the state’s power flowing.

Susan T. Lee, 30, was hired in April under a two-year contract to procure and schedule power and its transmission and reconcile differences between contracts and power deliveries.

Lee was hired away from Mieco Inc., a trading firm in Long Beach, where she was a trader and power scheduler. She was not a manager there.

Lee’s contract salary is the same as Gov. Gray Davis pays S. David Freeman, his chief energy adviser and a top utility executive for years.

But Pete Garris, a contracts manager for the state Department of Water Resources, said that a comparison between the two is inaccurate because Freeman came from the public sector, and Lee had to be lured from the private sector.

Lee was hired without competitive bidding under an emergency declaration by Davis. She is being paid $120 an hour. Her contract was one of those released Monday.

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