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  • August 29, 2016
    More electric cars, solar power expected under tough new Calif. rules
    The Mercury News
    The next 15 years will likely see big changes for California residents under a new law requiring much bigger cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. "This is going to be damn hard," said Jim Sweeney. "It's a herculean task."
  • June 5, 2016
    Steven Chu criticizes clean power plan for neglecting nuclear
    Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu thinks energy storage won't solve the reliability problems of wind and solar soon, which led him to criticize the Obama administration for neglecting nuclear power in its Clean Power Plan.
  • June 3, 2016
    Debate at Stanford on the need for a nuclear renaissance sways few
    NY Times/Dot Earth
    Precourt Energy Efficiency Center centered its annual Silicon Valley Energy Summit on a rousing and informed debate over this proposition: "The world needs a nuclear renaissance."
  • April 26, 2016
    Tailored messages, prizes and technology seen as key to pro-environmental behavior
    Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
    Some people save energy because they care about the environment. Others just want the PopChips.
  • January 20, 2016
    Surprise (Or Not): Saving Energy Saves Energy
    Energy Efficiency Markets
    What do you say to those who claim that saving energy is a waste of time because of the rebound effect? NRDC's David Goldstein and Sierra Martinez explain research that shows saving energy does in fact save energy.
  • October 6,, 2015
    California's landmark renewable energy bill signed into law
    San Jose Mercury News
    In a milestone for reducing pollution and fossil fuel use, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires 50 percent of California's electricity to come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030.
  • September 21, 2015
    Inside Silicon Valley with Russell Hancock
    Joint Venture Silicon Valley
    Radio station 1590 KLIV (AM) is the home of "Inside Silicon Valley," a weekly public affairs program that explores the trends, challenges and opportunities facing Silicon Valley. Listen to the iTunes podcast recording featuring Jim Sweeney on September 21, 2015, as he discusses economics and policy and the future of energy, natural resources and the environment.
  • August 25, 2015
    DOE, Stanford find severe weather increasing duration of power outages
    Closing in on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this week, the memories of darkened skylines along the Gulf Coast are bringing back discussions on grid reliability. Policymakers are asking what lessons were learned in the years since the storm and the other hurricanes that followed, like Ike, Irene and Gustav.
    Reprinted with permission. Copyright 2015 E&E Publishing, LLC.
  • July 2, 2015
    Silicon Valley Energy Summit: Spotlight on Community Energy Choice
    Path to Positive Communities
    More than 400 cross-sector leaders from Silicon Valley and beyond gathered at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center's (sold-out) annual event at Stanford to talk about how to make their organizations and communities more sustainable.
  • June 15, 2015
    Your Brain, the Environment and Our Decisions
    Neuro-economics grad student Nik Sawe discusses his research, much of it funded by Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, at TEDxStanford.
  • April 27, 2015
    Strong Future Forecast for Renewable Energy
    Scientific American
    Wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy could be the fastest growing power sources over the next few decades.
  • March 25, 2015
    Energy Efficiency 2.0: A New Definition Underway in California
    The Energy Collective
    The Next Generation of Energy Efficiency Project at Stanford University aims to define EE 2.0 and help mobilize actions that deliver Gov. Jerry Brown's "doubled down" objective.
  • February 12, 2015
    Want to save money on your energy bill? There's a game for that
    Washington Post
    The quest to get Americans to reduce energy use is becoming a lot less preachy and a lot more fun. Article includes "PowerHouse" from the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center.
  • January 29, 2015
    Why 50 million smart meters still haven't fixed America's energy habits
    Washington Post
    The Washington Post's second article in a three-part series titled "Your Brain on Energy" spoke with PEEC's Carrie Armel as part of the newspaper's new Energy and Environment coverage.
  • January 6, 2015
    Low Gas Prices Smooth Path for Carbon Add-On in California
    Scientific American
    California expanded its landmark cap-and-trade program to limit carbon emissions to gasoline and diesel fuel on Jan. 1. Scientific American spoke with James Sweeney, director of PEEC and chair of the state's new Petroleum Market Advisory Committee, about how the costs will affect transportation costs for consumers.
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  • No need to hoard light bulbs before Jan. 1 ban
    MSN Money
    Cree has finally cracked the nut on how to make LEDs that are almost indistinguishable from incandescents.
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