Commissioner J. Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in May 2012 and reappointed in January 2017. Commissioner McAllister has been working on energy deployment and policy since the early 1990s. He has worked across the world to implement clean, cost-effective energy solutions with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest of utilities. Commissioner McAllister administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative and 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. government. He is chair of the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials and serves on the board of the Alliance to Save Energy. Commissioner McAllister’s deep grounding in technology, policy, and the marketplace provides him with uncommon insight on the accelerating changes taking place in California’s energy sector.
Before joining the Energy Commission, Commissioner McAllister was managing director at the California Center for Sustainable Energy. He worked with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International, Ltd. in countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa on various 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 a master of science and a Ph.D. for the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Commissioner McAllister served as a Peace Corps volunteer.