Merwin Brown, co-director of Electric Grid Research, CIEE, has been reappointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy, the Honorable Ernest J. Moniz, as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) for a 3rd two-year term. As a full committee member, Dr. Brown provides DOE advice concerning critical issues in defining strategy on the long-range planning and priorities for the modernization of the Nation’s electricity delivery infrastructure. He will continue to serve as the chairman of the DOE EAC Energy Storage subcommittee, and on its Leadership Team, Smart Grid subcommittee, and Grid Modernization Initiative working group.

The EAC was formed to help DOE in carrying out its mission and meeting requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. It reports to the DOE Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, currently the Honorable Patricia Hoffman.

After 45+ years working in the electric industry at electric and gas utilities, national labs and the University of California, Dr. Brown has become an internationally known researcher on issues related to the electricity grid.

logo_beccThe 10th annual Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) conference comes to Baltimore, Maryland, October 20 - 22, 2016. Co-sponsored by BECI, ACEEE, and Stanford’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, this sell-out gathering of researchers and decision-makers covers the breadth and impact of behavioral research on energy efficiency and climate change.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $1.6 million to a multi-disciplinary UC Berkeley-led research collaboration focused on developing innovative, occupant-responsive control systems for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in buildings. The research program aims to integrate new information technologies into HVAC controls, employing improved sensing and new capabilities for information feedback among the building, its operators, and its occupants.


The California Energy Commission awarded CIEE and its partners $1.6 million for innovative research that will optimize HVAC control systems and deliver more comfortable, energy-efficient indoor environments.  Read more »

CIEE's Electric Grid program Co-Director, Merwin Brown was featured on "Work with Marty Nemko", the National Public Radio program now in its 25th year. Marty and Merwin engage in a lively discussion of trends in the energy field as they might impact those looking for careers or jobs in the field. You can listen to the full June 29, 2014 broadcast here.

In her opening keynote at BECC's 9th Annual conference in Sacramento, CA, Yale University's Mary Evelyn Tucker spoke to the revival of the tradition of environmental stewardship taking place across religious traditions worldwide. Read more »

The Department of Energy has awarded $4 million over three years to the CIEE as part of the i4Energy research collaboration with partners Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. UC Researchers will be looking to develop new ways to monitor the stability of electric power grids. "Today's electric power grid, with its many interdependent parts, is surprisingly robust, but extreme events like Hurricane Sandy also remind us of the potential for large-scale failure" said Alexandra von Meier, co-director of the electric grid research program at CIEE and the technical lead for the project. Learn more »

Jointly organized by California independent/private colleges, California's Community Colleges, California State University, and the University of California, this unique event encourages dialogue across institutions on a broad range of sustainability topics including: energy; food systems; green building construction & operations; green industry; healthcare; procurement; social equity; student affairs; transportation; waste management & recycling; water; and others. Learn More »