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Dian Grueneich

Dian Grueneich

Dian Grueneich

Department Affiliation: 
Sr Research Scholar, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
Centers and Institutes: 
Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force

Area of Work:

State and Regional Energy Issues, Energy Regulatory Policy and Governance
Next Generation of Energy Efficiency

Current Research:

In May 2014, Dian began an appointment with Stanford University as a Senior Research Scholar with the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force, to spearhead an increased focus of Stanford on state and regional energy issues, including regulatory policy governance and the next generation of energy efficiency.

Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert, with 37 years' experience. Her expertise covers energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, renewable energy resources, transmission, and climate change. She has extensive experience in energy policy and regulation, utilities, market development and innovation, and key factors driving U.S. and global energy investments. Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, transmission planning and permitting, and representation of the Commission in Western energy activities and the state agency Climate Action Team for implementation of AB 32, California’s climate change law. Dian initiated the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI), helped launch the Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative (WREZ), and served as the first Chair of the Western Governors' Association's Demand Side Management Committee for Western transmission planning.

Dian also currently serves on the U.S. DOE-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the NREL External Advisory Committee, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and Advisory Boards for the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy and the Advanced Energy Economy. Dian also serves as a U.S. DOE Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador and served on the U.S. DOE Electricity Advisory Committee. Dian’s professional recognitions include the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Clean Energy Award, eeGlobal Forum’s first “Visionary Award” for energy leadership, and ACEEE’s National Champion of Energy Efficiency Award.


Scale, Speed, and Persistence in an Analytics Age of Efficiency: How Deep Data Meets Big Savings to Deliver Comprehensive Efficiency
Dian Grueneich, David Jacot. Published in Electricity Journal by Elsevier. April 2014.

California's Electricity Policy Future: Beyond 2020
Dian Grueneich, Jeremy Carl. Published by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. April 2014.

Making the Most of the No Growth Business Environment
Dian Grueneich, Ahmad Faruqui. Chapter in book, The Rise of Decentralized Energy Resources – What is at stake for the electricity supply industry? Edited by Fereidoon P. Sioshansi. Published by Academic Press/Elsevier. July 2014.

A New Framework for Strategic Planning
Dian Grueneich. Article in EnergyBiz. December 2013.

Renewable and Distributed Power in California: Simplifying the Regulatory Maze – Making the Path for the Future
Dian Grueneich, Jeremy Carl, Cara Goldenberg, David Fedor. Published by Hoover Institution, Stanford University. November 2012.

California State Policy on Sustainable Energy
Dian Grueneich. Chapter in Physics of Sustainable Energy II: Using Energy Efficiency and Producing It Renewably
Published by the American Institute of Physics. March 2011.

Performance-Based Ratemaking: Principles and Design
Dian Grueneich, William Marcus. Prepared for the Energy Foundation. November 1994.


The Next Level of Energy Efficiency: The Five Challenges Ahead - (Article -pdf)

The Next Level of Energy Efficiency (Slides - pdf)