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 served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, developing the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and overseeing a 40% expansion of California’s energy efficiency funding, resulting in a 3-year, $3.8 billion program, the largest efficiency program in the U.S. Dian also streamlined California’s transmission siting process and led the successful permitting of three major new transmission lines to carry renewable energy. Dian 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. She also oversaw proceedings on advanced metering infrastructure.
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, focusing in particular on regulatory policy governance and the next generation of energy efficiency and demand resources.
Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University. She serves on the National External Advisory Committee of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and previously served on the U.S. DOE Electricity Advisory Committee. She is also a U.S. DOE Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador.