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Energy Seminar: Dian Grueneich: New Developments in Energy Efficiency Technology, Policy, and Investment

April 30, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

Free and open to all.

Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
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Energy efficiency in buildings has avoided construction of hundreds of powerplants, created millions of jobs, and saved billions in energy costs. It is widely considered a fundamental building block for addressing climate change. This seminar will review achievements to date, five challenges for the next level of energy efficiency, and new developments in the three key levers for building efficiency – technology, policy, and investment.

Speaker Biography

Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert. Dian began her career in the late 1970’s at the California Energy Commission in the first Jerry Brown administration and help developed the first clean energy policies and programs. Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, demand response, transmission planning and permitting, and Western energy issues. Dian oversaw the successful permitting of three major new transmission lines to carry renewable energy and led development of California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.

In May 2014, Dian began an appointment with Stanford University.  She works with Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy, the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force and the Graduate School of Business, to spearhead an increased focus on energy policy issues, the evolving energy system, and the next level of energy efficiency.  She oversees the Stanford Energy Internships in California/Colorado (SEIC) program, which places graduate and undergraduate students in California and Western energy agencies.  Dian co-teaches two seminar courses at Stanford: “Energy Efficiency: The Intersection of Technology, Policy, and Investment” and “California and Western Energy Agencies and Policies”.  She also assists Stanford’s new research initiative on the 21stcentury electric grid – Bits & Watts and the new Stanford Energy Club community on policy.

Dian is a graduate of Stanford University (Human Biology) and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Recommended Readings

Scale, Speed, and Persistence in an Analytics Age of Efficiency: How Deep Data Meets Big Savings to Deliver Comprehensive Efficiency (Grueneich and Jacot)

The Next Level of Energy Efficiency: The Five Challenges Ahead (Grueneich)