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April 27, 2012


News from the California Energy Commission:

McAllister Appointed Energy Commissioner

CSE director tapped by Gov. Brown for leadership role

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed CCSE’s Andrew McAllister to the California Energy Commission. McAllister, 46, has held several positions with 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. At CCSE, he also has served as director of policy and strategy, director of programs and binational programs specialist.

McAllister has been CCSEs interim managing director since the retirement of longtime executive director Irene M. Stillings in early March. According to Alan Ball, chair of CCSEs board of directors, Ralph Andersen & Associates has been selected to conduct a national search for a new CCSE executive director. He said Peter Hamilton, CCSEs director of energy services, will serve as interim managing director.

CCSE has grown to in recent years to become a leading clean tech organization with 85 employees and serves as administrators of regional and statewide programs in energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation, in addition to promoting sustainability education and outreach.

Peter Hamilton

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. Currently, he 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.

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.

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