Alan Meier

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Adjunct Professor

Alan Meier’s research has focused on strategies to raise energy efficiency through technological improvements and changes in behavior. He identified the problem of standby power in appliances – the electricity consumed while they are switched off – estimated that it was responsible for about 1% of global CO2 emissions, and then devised international policies to reduce it. Other research areas include quantifying usability of user controls, measuring thermal comfort, and using information to reduce energy use. His policy research topics include estimating technical potentials for energy savings and quantifying principal-agent problems in the energy sector. Alan is affiliated with the Energy and Efficiency Institute. He is also a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he leads the Electronics, Network, and Lighting group.