First Fuel episode 6: In conversation with California Energy Commission's Andrew McAllister
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Recorded: Thursday 4 June 2020
In this week's episode, we are joined by Dr Andrew McAllister, Commissioner of the Californian Energy Commission.
Andrew is a leader in a state that has been aggressively pursuing energy efficiency opportunities for over 30 years, and is a passionate advocate for balancing the move to low carbon generation with smart demand side investments, ensuring energy remains affordable for businesses and households alike.
Andrew has been a trailblazer in clean energy policy and programs for his entire 25-year career, and has developed and operated energy efficiency initiatives for utilities, undertaken policy research for the Californian and US Governments, and ran two of California’s signature energy programs (California Solar Initiative and Self-Generation Incentive Program). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the US Alliance to Save Energy.
Commissioner McAllister’s active role in California and deep grounding in technology, policy and energy markets gives him a unique insight into the transformation taking place in energy systems in Australia and around the world.
The Energy Efficiency Council's Chief Executive Officer, Luke Menzel, will hold conversation with Andrew, and the pair will chat about the landscape surrounding energy management and policy in California, and how they are approaching the response to the COVID-19 crisis.