Dian Grueneich is retiring in the fall of 2018, but she will continue to be a Precourt Energy Scholar through the 2018-19 academic year, informally advising the course she created with Prof. Bruce Cain, "Energy Policy in California & The West." Dian will also continue as a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force at the Hoover Institution.
In 2014, Dian joined Stanford as a senior research scholar at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and at the Energy Policy Task Force. In these roles, she led the university's engagement on state and regional energy issues, among other activities. In addition to her course on energy policy, Dian taught the course "Energy Efficiency: Technology, Policy, and Investment" with Stephen Comello in 2018.
Dian is an expert on energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, renewable energy resources, transmission, and climate change. She has extensive experience in energy policy and regulation, utilities, market development and innovation, and key factors driving U.S. and global energy investments. She is a graduate of Stanford and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.
Dian was a commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005 to 2010. She led its work on energy efficiency, transmission planning and permitting, and implementation of AB 32, California’s climate change law. Dian initiated the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative and was the first chair of the Western Governors' Association's demand-side management committee for Western transmission planning.