Dian Grueneich

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Dian Grueneich is a senior research scholar on the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy and 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.

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Dian Grueneich & Michael Wara: America's Clean Power Plan for Reducing Carbon Emissions

by Dian Grueneich
Friday, October 30, 2015

Dian Grueneich discusses "America's Clean Power Plan for Reducing Carbon Emissions: Rules, Challenges and How States are Responding" on October 30, 2015.

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California’s Clear, But Strenuous Path To Doubling Its Energy Savings By 2030

by Dian Grueneichvia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

In January, Governor Jerry Brown announced a goal for Californians to double the planned level of savings from energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings by 2030 and develop cleaner heating fuels. Hitting these very high targets in just 15 years “will take great thought and imagination,” the Governor said, and “require enormous innovation, research and investment.”

California's Electricity Policy Future: Beyond 2020

by Jeremy Carl, Dian Grueneichvia Analysis
Thursday, July 3, 2014

California has embarked upon an unprecedented effort to transform its electricity system. Whatever the specific challenges that the state may face in doing so between now and 2050 or even 2030, policymakers will be better equipped to address them with...

Renewable and Distributed Power in California: Simplifying the regulatory maze — making the path for the future

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedor, Dian Grueneich, Cara Goldenbergvia Analysis
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Canadian Province of British Columbia was an early adopter of a broad-based, revenue-neutral carbon tax that directly recycles 100 percent of the revenue it generates; British Columbia now has four years of experience on implementation and revenue distribution. Australia, after years of discussion with stakeholders from across the economy, has designed and now recently implemented its own partially revenue-recycling carbon tax. Taken together, their policy choices help illustrate the spectrum of options, dynamics, and pitfalls that might be anticipated elsewhere. This essay examines these revenue-recycling carbon-pricing mechanisms to assess their approach and efficacy.