In the mid-2000's, California began to establish policy goals for Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. Commissioner McAllister will discuss progress toward these goals in terms of energy-related building codes, trends in buildings-related technologies and markets, local government authority and overall energy systems planning. ZNE buildings serve as a jumping-off point for a broader discussion of California's movement toward distributed energy and decarbonization, including needs and opportunities for energy-savvy professionals and researchers.
Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in May 2012, and was reappointed in January 2017. He is lead commissioner for energy efficiency: energy-related building codes, appliance efficiency standards, existing building efficiency and a variety of other programmatic and financing initiatives across the state. He is heavily involved in implementation of several elements of SB 350 (de León, 2015), the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act.
Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy for his entire 25-year career: beginning in the early 1990s in project engineering and development, evolving into program design and implementation, 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 of utilities. He administered two of Californias 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 boards of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Alliance to Save Energy.
Before joining the Energy Commission, 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.