Five years ago a broad community of prominent individuals and organizations founded the first academic research center to drive energy efficiency products and services into the marketplace. It was both an exciting and challenging mission. Exciting because the opportunity to reduce energy waste, save money, and mitigate environmental impact were large. It was challenging, too, because there were no models to emulate.
UC Davis was the first university to attempt to network regulators, energy producers, large end-users, and industry to accelerate the commercialization of efficient technologies.
The investment of talent, financial and political support was well justified.
The UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center is a vibrant, growing and effective collaboration that drives new solutions in lighting, heating and air-conditioning, and hybrid and electric vehicles. It has developed technological and socially appropriate energy solutions for the very poor in developing nations. Engineering, management, and agriculture students have learned how to analyze possible solutions for energy problems. They have taken those skills with them into new careers.
With the support of generous benefactors, the EEC has three endowed faculty chairs to support research and teaching in energy efficiency. We have educated the public and industry through a well-attended Roots of Energy Efficiency series in Silicon Valley and participated in Milken Institute seminars and conferences. Our faculty and graduate students regularly share their research at professional conferences around the world.
Our ambitions are growing. We are working with other universities who hope to emulate our success, which is both a compliment and a way of leveraging what we are learning. The Center for Water-Energy Efficiency launched this year and has the ambitious goal of saving both energy and water by helping policy makers and industry co-manage these two resources.
On our fifth anniversary, I invite you to celebrate our accomplishments and help us work toward our strategic goals for the future. There is much for us to do and together we will make a difference.
NICOLE WOOLSEY BIGGART
Director & Professor I Energy Efficiency Center
Professor of Management I Graduate School of Management
Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency