Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in May 2012 and reappointed in January 2017. Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy throughout his entire 25-year career, beginning in the early 1990s in project engineering and development, evolving into program design and implementation, and then moving into the policy arena. He has worked across the world to develop renewable energy generation, energy efficiency investments, and energy management systems, with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest utilities. He administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative, Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the U.S. Federal government. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Alliance to Save Energy. Commissioner McAllister’s deep grounding in technology, policy, and marketplace provides him with uncommon insight on the accelerating changes taking place in the electric power sector.
Before joining the Energy Commission, Dr. McAllister was managing director at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, where he worked for six years. Previously, he worked with NRECA International, Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa on a variety of renewable generation, load management, utility planning, and remote power projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner McAllister holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.