Dian Grueneich

Precourt Energy Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy; Member, Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force, Stanford University (ret.)


Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert with over 35 years of experience. Her expertise extends to energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, renewable energy resources, transmission, and climate regulation.

Grueneich served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005 to 2010, developing the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and overseeing a 40% expansion of California’s energy efficiency funding, resulting in a three-year, $3.8 billion program—the largest efficiency program in the United States. She streamlined California’s transmission siting process and led the successful permitting of three major new transmission lines to carry renewable energy. Grueneich also initiated the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative, helped launch the Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative, and served as the first Chair of the Western Governors’ Association’s Demand Side Management Committee for Western transmission planning. In May 2014 she 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. Her current projects include research on the Next Level of Energy Efficiency and assisting in the development of Stanford’s Bits & Watts project.

Grueneich’s professional recognitions include the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 30th Anniversary Award for outstanding contribution in the field of energy efficiency, 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. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy–U.S. Environmental Protection Agency State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and Advisory Boards for the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy and the Advanced Energy Economy. Grueneich also has served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a JD from Georgetown University.