California Center for Sustainable Energy director tapped by Gov. Brown
April 21, 2012 (San Diego) -- Governor Edward G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Andrew McAllister of San Diego to the California Energy Commission on April 12. McAllister, 46, has held several positions with the San Diego-based California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) since 2005, most recently as interim managing director.
As a member of the Energy Commission, McAllister will be overseeing elements of the state’s energy planning and policies. The position requires confirmation from the California State Senate.
McAllister is an expert in energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy policy and is a member of the board of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, the Environmental Advisory Committee of the San Diego Port Commission and the Energy Working Group of the San Diego Association of Governments. At CCSE, he also has served as director of policy and strategy, director of programs and binational programs specialist.
McAllister has been CCSE’s interim managing director since the retirement of longtime executive director Irene M. Stillings in early March. According to Alan Ball, chair of CCSE’s board of directors, Ralph Andersen & Associates has been selected to conduct a national search for a new CCSE executive director. He said Peter Hamilton, CCSE’s director of energy services, will serve as interim managing director.
CCSE is an independent, nonprofit organization with 85 employees that administers regional and statewide programs in energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation, and promotes sustainability education and outreach. CCSE was founded in 1996 as the San Diego Regional Energy Office.
Prior to CCSE, McAllister worked for a decade with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International, Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa. He also has worked as a consultant, a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. He has published on a variety of energy topics in academic, trade and popular journals.
Hamilton has been CCSE’s director of energy services since 2010. His career has focused on the development and commercialization of clean energy and water technologies. He has worked as an engineer, researcher, marketing strategist and consultant in a dozen countries. His past employers include EnerNOC, Solar Turbines, Lockheed Martin and several clean tech and nonprofit organizations in emerging markets.