California’s current energy efficiency (EE) goals require capital investments of $5-6 billion annually for the next 10-15 years. Earlier this year, Governor Brown and California’s legislative leadership called for a doubling of EE savings in existing buildings by 2030. In order to achieve these landmark goals and attract sufficient investment, major innovations are needed in EE policies, markets, and technology.
This presentation summarized a new initiative at Stanford University examining the framework needed for this “Next Generation of EE” and outlines an upcoming White Paper addressing:
- The Challenges of Next Generation EE (carbon reduction and a changing electric grid)
- New Tools to Drive Demand and Deliver Savings (intelligent efficiency, behavioral information, financing, new technology, localized EE)
- Changes Needed in California’s EE Rules and Policy Framework
- Use of Competitive Mechanisms and Pay for Performance
- Innovative EE Agency Governance Approaches
- Tracking Performance
The seminar also discussed potential areas of future research interest (both from policymakers and the Stanford community) going forward.
In May 2014, Dian began an appointment with Stanford University as a Senior Research Scholar with the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force, to spearhead an increased focus of Stanford on state and regional energy issues, including regulatory policy governance and the next generation of energy efficiency.
Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert, with 37 years' experience. Her expertise covers 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. Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.
Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, transmission planning and permitting, and representation of the Commission in Western energy activities and the state agency Climate Action Team for implementation of AB 32, California’s climate change law. Dian initiated the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI), helped launch the Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative (WREZ), and served as the first Chair of the Western Governors' Association's Demand Side Management Committee for Western transmission planning.
Dian also currently serves on the U.S. DOE-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the NREL External Advisory Committee, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and Advisory Boards for the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy and the Advanced Energy Economy. Dian also serves as a U.S. DOE Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador and served on the U.S. DOE Electricity Advisory Committee. Dian’s professional recognitions include the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Clean Energy Award, eeGlobal Forum’s first “Visionary Award” for energy leadership, and ACEEE’s National Champion of Energy Efficiency Award.