Dian M. Grueneich
Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert, with 35 years’ experience. Her expertise covers energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, renewable energy resources, transmission, and climate change. She has extensive experience in all facets of 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, a $6 billion in new energy infrastructure now under construction. 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’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.
Dian currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee, the DOE-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the Leadership Council of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Institute, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and the Advanced Energy Economy Advisory Board. Dian also serves as a Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador.
Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.