As a Stanford University research institute, PEEC draws upon intellectual resources
from the entire university. At the core of the Precourt Center is an
increasing number of faculty-led research teams including graduate and
undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Research teams
include researchers and analysts from across the university, bringing
expertise from many different disciplines.
What is the Precourt Center's mission?
The mission of the Precourt Center is to promote energy efficient
technologies, systems, and practices, emphasizing economically
attractive deployment. PEEC works to understand and overcome market,
policy, technology, and human behavioral barriers to economically
efficient reductions of energy use and to inform public and private
policymaking. Energy Efficiency is vital for the U.S. and world
economy, for environmental protection, and for energy security.
How will PEEC do this?
Through the funding of graduate students either as research assistants
or to support their dissertation research, PEEC is facilitating the
education of graduate students who choose to work within energy
has six focus areas of energy efficiency research that we believe will
help create workable options to promote energy efficiency. These
commercial and residential building design, construction, operations,
and embedded technologies, including building energy models and other
» Transportation: technology and regulation of passenger cars and light duty trucks; transportation systems analysis; vehicle electrification
» Systems: systems analysis; electric generation/distribution systems, storage/distribution options, vehicle/building interactions
» Behavior: behavioral and decision making research, analysis, and intervention
» Energy Modeling: economic modeling of the energy system, institutions, and economic impacts, including process modeling of energy use
PEEC convenes the annual Behavior, Energy, & Climate Change Conference,
jointly with the California Institute for Energy and Environment and
ACEEE; the annual Silicon Valley Energy Summit; an annual affiliates conference jointly with the
Woods Institute for the Environment; and various workshops. These help
assure that energy research is communicated broadly and that PEEC
remains closely linked with industry, government, NGOs, and other