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.
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."