February 23, 2015 Save money. Save the world. PEEC
A new California Senate bill mirrors climate goals Gov. Jerry Brown announced last month. The Next Generation of Energy Efficiency Project at Stanford is focused on one of the three targets: increasing energy efficiency in buildings 50 percent by 2030.
October 29, 2013 Stanford faculty awarded $2.2 million for innovative energy research Stanford Report
Five studies funded by the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) focus on improving the performance of hybrid cars, natural ventilation systems in buildings and programs that financially motivate utility customers to use electricity more efficiently.
July 19, 2013 Stanford expert says Internet's backbone can readily be made more sustainable Stanford News
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it wants to establish minimum energy efficiency standards for all computers and servers sold in the United States. A new Stanford study shows that large server farms can, in fact, cut electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions sharply with off-the-shelf equipment and proven energy management practices.
January 4, 2013 Sacrifice and luck help Japan survive without nuclear power, Stanford visiting scholar says Stanford News
In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, nuclear-dependent Japan began shutting down its other reactors. Toshiya Okamura, a Tokyo Gas executive and visiting scholar at Stanford's Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, explains how the country survived the summer, and expresses deep concerns about this winter and his country's energy future.
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 ClimateWire
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. www.eenews.net/cw
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.
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.
October 2014 2014's Most and Least Energy Efficient States wallethub.com
Energy constitutes one of the biggest expenses for consumers. The average American household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, almost half of which goes to heating and cooling expenses.
September 4, 2014 New California Petroleum Market Advisory Committee To Provide Analysis on Market Drivers California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission appointed PEEC Director James Sweeney to chair its new Petroleum Market Advisory Committee. The advisors will help the commission better understand factors and conditions related to petroleum price fluctuations, the impacts on consumers, and policy options that may affect markets.
October 20, 2013
Whatever happened to the Hydrogen Highway? Sacramento Bee
Sweeney said other electric vehicle technologies - plug-ins, for example - have proved reliable and affordable. He said hydrogen technology remains "a very expensive way of generating electricity ... Fuel cells are expensive."