Improvements in economically efficient reductions in energy use positively impact California, the United States and the world in at least three ways:
- Important environmental benefits, including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
- Security benefits, by reducing the use of oil
- Economic benefits, by reducing costs of energy services facing producers, distributors, retailers and consumers
Prof. Sweeney will discuss these three powerful motives for public policy to promote energy efficiency as well as key issues underlying energy efficiency implementation.
A leading expert on economic policy and analysis in the areas of energy, natural resources and the environment, Prof. Sweeney is the director of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford University. He is also a Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford, Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace and Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for International Studies.
Prof. Sweeney’s research includes depletable and renewable resource use, electricity market analysis, environmental economics, global climate change policy, gasoline market dynamics, energy demand, energy price dynamics, automobile market analysis, and housing market dynamics. He is a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, a Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology, and a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council of Economic Advisors. Along with Alan Kneese, he was editor of the three volume Handbook of Natural Resource and Energy Economics, part of the North Holland Handbooks in Economics series. He is the author of The California Electricity Crisis, an analytical history of the economic and policy issues associated with California’s electricity restructuring and the subsequent crisis.
Prof. Sweeney holds a B.S. degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Engineering-Economic Systems.