Jim Sweeney

Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford

There’s significant opportunities for energy efficiency. People talk about those as a low hanging fruit. Unfortunately some of that low hanging fruit has been hanging for decades now and hasn’t been picked.

James (Jim) Sweeney, Stanford University, is director and founder of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and professor of management science and engineering. His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis for energy and the environment, expecially energy efficiency.  He is senior fellow of the US Association for Energy Economics, California Council on Science & Technology, Hoover Institution, Precourt Institute for Energy and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.  Sweeney serves on the external advisory council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and on California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee. 

Sweeney was editor (with Alan Kneese) of the three volume Handbook of Natural Resource and Energy Economics, author of The California Electricity Crisis – an analytical history of California’s electricity restructuring and subsequent crisis – and of Energy Efficiency: Building a Clean, Secure Economy. Jim earned an MIT bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a Stanford PhD in engineering-economic systems.

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A Paris Progress Report

In June 2017, President Trump announced his plan to withdraw the country from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, claiming it disadvantaged the United States. The symbolism of the American government’s retreat overshadowed the reality that the U.S. business community has embraced a low-carbon future. “We committed under Paris to do nothing we weren’t gonna do anyway and that we aren’t doing anyway,” says former Sierra Club chairman Carl Pope. Many countries have also reaffirmed their commitments to the Paris agreement. But how much progress has really been made, both at home and abroad?