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The Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) was founded at Stanford University in October 2006 through a generous gift from Stanford alumnus Jay Precourt. PEEC is a research center dedicated to energy efficiency – economically efficient reductions of energy use.

The mission of PEEC is to understand, analyze, and develop cost-effective and feasible policies, programs, technologies, and market structures that could enhance energy efficiency both within the United States and around the world.

The mission of PEEC differentiates it from other energy efficiency centers in that our primary emphasis is on the human forces at work in encouraging or inhibiting adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices, and only secondarily on technologies themselves. We emphasize those changes in human institutions, markets, regulations, incentives, communications, and other areas that can result in systematic changes in the ultimate choices that individuals, companies, or entire economies make, including choices to develop, adopt, or to utilize particular technologies.

In short, PEEC focuses on human decisions for the wise use of energy.