Mr. Anders is the Director of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC). He joined EPIC in October 2005 as its inaugural director and developed both its academic and research programs. Mr. Anders’ work at EPIC has focused on regulatory and policy issues related to developing efficient and low-carbon energy sources. Recent projects include the first-ever greenhouse gas inventory for San Diego County, policy research for a comparison of the San Diego region with regions with emerging clean technology industry clusters, and a feasibility study of implementing smart grid strategies and technologies in the San Diego region.
Prior to joining EPIC, Mr. Anders was director for policy and planning at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). In this capacity he managed regulatory and legislative issue research and analysis, directed communications with regulatory agencies, including writing position papers and comments before California’s regulatory agencies, directed technical and policy support for the SANDAG’s Energy Working Group, and directed solar energy activities, including technical and policy research.
Mr. Anders has authored or co-authored a number of papers and reports related to energy policy. Most recently he was a lead author on the report entitled, Potential for Renewable Energy in the San Diego Region. Mr. Anders also has been involved in regional energy planning for the last 10 years and has contributed to the San Diego region’s Regional Energy Strategy and Climate Action Plan. He contributed to the San Diego Regional Energy Infrastructure Study, a technical and policy survey of the regional energy market in San Diego, and Energy 2030: The San Diego Regional Energy Strategy, which serves as the region’s roadmap for energy planning.
In 1999, Mr. Anders was a policy researcher for the Washington D.C. think tank Center for a Sustainable Economy, now part of Redefining Progress, where he researched market-based mechanisms as a policy tool for the energy sector. Mr. Anders was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa. He holds a B.A. in international politics from Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and an M.A. in public policy, with a concentration in environmental policy, from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.