J. Andrew McAllister, Ph.D.

Appointment Designation -  Economist

  • Appointed  2012
  • Reappointed  2017

Lead Commissioner for:

  • Electricity and Natural Gas
  • Building and Appliance Efficiency Standards (T24 & T20)
  • Load Management Standards
  • Appliance Load Flexibility Standards
  • Building Decarbonization
  • Existing Buildings
  • Building Energy Benchmarking Program
  • Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD)
  • California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39)
  • Local and schools energy efficiency financing programs

Commissioner Andrew McAllister is serving his second term on the California Energy Commission.

He is focused on enabling modern, data-rich analytical tools to support strong clean energy policy. At the Energy Commission, he leads the policy areas of energy efficiency and energy assessments. Energy efficiency includes the Building Energy Efficiency Standards, appliance efficiency, and load management. Topics under energy assessments include energy forecasting and reliability modeling.

Commissioner McAllister has worked on energy deployment and policy since the early 1990s. He has worked across the world to deploy clean, cost-effective energy solutions with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest of utilities. He administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs, developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and conducted a broad range of policy-related research for California and the federal government.

He is chair of the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials and a board member of the Alliance to Save Energy. His 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, he 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 renewable generation, load management, utility planning, and remote power projects. He was a project manager at an energy-consulting firm and an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Commissioner McAllister holds a master of science and a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley; and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. Commissioner McAllister served as a Peace Corps volunteer.



Commissioner McAllister

California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-34
Sacramento, CA 95814

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