Future Seminar Summaries
The Solar Car
Celebrating Over Twenty Years of Solar and Automotive Student Innovation
Monday, October 19, 2015 | 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM | NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center | Free and Open to All
Come join past and current team members of the Stanford Solar Car Project (SSCP) for the showing of the documentary, "Stanford Solar Project: Riding on Sunshine.” The film features the team's top-five finish in the 2013 World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback, as well as interviews with project supporters, including JB Straubel, CTO of Tesla Motors, and representatives from Google, Panasonic and other tech companies.
**Energy Social: 5:45-6:45pm, Huang Foyer** The social is open to Stanford faculty, staff, and students.
Dian Grueneich & Michael Wara
Dian Grueneich, senior research scholar with the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force
Michael Wara, associate professor, Stanford Law School, research fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Faculty Fellow
Monday, October 26, 2015 | 04:30 PM - 05:20 PM | NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center | Free and Open to All
Dian Grueneich 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 transmission planning and permitting.
Dian is currently a senior research scholar at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force at Stanford University, focusing on state and regional energy issues, particularly on regulatory policy governance and the next generation of energy efficiency. Dian currently serves on the DOE-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the NREL External Advisory Committee, and the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy Advisory Board.
She also serves as a Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador and served on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee. Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.
Michael Wara is an expert on energy and environmental law. His research focuses on climate and electricity policy. His current scholarship lies at the intersection between environmental law, energy law, international relations, atmospheric science, and technology policy.
Wara, JD ’06, was formerly a geochemist and climate scientist and has published work on the history of the El Niño/La Niña system and its response to changing climates, especially those warmer than today. The results of his scientific research have been published in premier scientific journals, including Science and Nature.
Michael joined Stanford Law in 2007 as a research fellow in environmental law and as a lecturer in law. Previously, he was an associate in Holland & Knight’s Government Practice Group, where his practice focused on climate change, land use, and environmental law.
He is a research fellow at the Program in Energy and Sustainable Development in Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, a faculty fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and a center fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.
The Economic Challenges and Chances of the German Energy Transition
Claudia Kemfert, professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and head of the department of Energy, Transportation, and Environment, German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin)