Jim Sweeney

Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford

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.



A Paris Progress Report

May 17, 2018
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Trumping the Climate: Coming in Hot

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Energy Policy: What’s Next?

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