Dian Grueneich

Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Dian Grueneich believes that the most urgent challenge facing Californians is the move to a sustainable transportation system. A nationally and internationally recognized energy and regulatory policy expert, Grueneich has over 40 years of experience in the energy sector. She is a Precourt Energy Scholar with Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy, a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force with the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and an Affiliated Scholar with Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West.

Grueneich helped found the Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West (SEICW) program, which places graduate and undergraduate students in California and Western energy agencies. She also teaches on California and Western agencies and energy policy and energy efficiency. Grueneich served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010, leading efforts on energy efficiency, demand response, transmission planning and permitting, and Western energy issues. She began her career in the late 1970’s at the California Energy Commission in the first Jerry Brown administration and help developed the first-ever clean energy policies and programs.

Grueneich is a graduate of Stanford University (Human Biology) and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.

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C1 Revue: The Future of Oil and Nuclear Power

2016 began in the afterglow of the Paris climate accord, and ended with the triumph of a presidential candidate who has labeled climate change a hoax. So what will 2017 and the Trump administration mean for the future of clean energy? On today’s show we look ahead at how environmentally-conscious lawmakers and businesses might move forward now that Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress, and how big blue California might continue to lead the fight against climate change in spite of what happens in Washington.