Professor of Management Science & Engineering, Senior Fellow at Precourt Center and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution
James (Jim) Sweeney is a professor of management science and engineering. His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis, particularly in energy, natural resources, and the environment, currently concentrating on energy efficiency in the U.S. He is a senior fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, California Council on Science & Technology, Hoover Institution, Precourt Institute for Energy, and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He was also the director and founder of Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center.
At Stanford he has served as Director of the Energy Modeling Forum, Chairman of the Institute for Energy Studies, and Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research (now Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research). He is a member of the external advisory council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and of the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee. He was a founding member of the International Association for Energy Economics and has been a member of numerous committees of the National Research Council.
With Alan Kneese, he was editor of the three volume North Holland Handbook of Natural Resource and Energy Economics. Jim is the author of The California Electricity Crisis, an analytical history of with California’s electricity restructuring and subsequent crisis. His book, Energy Efficiency: Building a Clean, Secure Economy, has just been published by Hoover Institution Press. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering and his PhD from Stanford in engineering-economic systems.
He served a term on the Council from 2007-10, and was reappointed in 2017. He was named Council Chair in 2018.