Portrait of Alan Meier

Alan Meier

Electronics, Lighting and Networks
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road MS 90R2000
Berkeley CA 94720
Office Location: 90-2058
(510) 486-4740

Alan Meier is a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a faculty researcher at the Energy Efficiency Center at the University of California, Davis. He earned his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley after completing degrees in chemistry and economics. He spent one year at Waseda University in Japan and four years at the International Energy Agency in Paris. Dr. Meier’s research has focused on understanding how energy is transformed into useful services and the opportunities to use energy more efficiently.  His research on standby power use in appliances—1% of global CO2 emissions—led him to propose an international plan to reduce standby in all devices to less than 1 watt. Other research topics include energy use of consumer electronics, energy test procedures for appliances, and international policies to promote energy efficiency. Meier’s most recent research involves improving the user interfaces of appliances with special emphasis on programmable thermostats and vehicles. Other transportation research includes low rolling resistance tires, efficient electronics and components, and electrification of railroads.

At LBNL, Dr. Meier leads the “Electronics, Lighting, and Networks Group” and coordinates the Transportation Research Group.

At UC Davis, Dr. Meier teaches courses on energy efficiency and supervises graduate students on a wide range of projects related to energy and environment.


1982, PhD Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
1974, BA Chemistry and Economics, University of California, Berkeley

This publications database is an ongoing project, and not all Division publications are represented here yet.



Meier, Alan K., and Iain S. Walker. Emerging Requirements for Residential Thermostats in North America In The Sixth International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation & Energy Conservation in Buildings 2007. Vol. 1. Sendai, Japan: Tohoku University, 2007.
Beard, Daniel P., Grant Scherling, Perry Plumart, Barbara A. Atkinson, Peter J. Biermayer, Richard E. Brown, Richard C. Diamond, Camilla Dunham, Ryan M. Firestone, Steve E. Greenberg et al. Green the Capitol Initiative, Final Report. Washington DC: Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives, 2007. Download: PDF (2.5 MB)


Payne, Christopher T., and Alan K. Meier. "Many small consumers, one growing problem: Achieving energy savings for electronic equipment operating in low power modes." In 2004 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA, 2004. Download: PDF (189.97 KB)




Taha, Haider, Alan K. Meier, Weijun Gao, and Toshio Ojima. "Mitigation of urban heat islands: meteorology, energy, and airquality impacts." Journal of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Engineering 529 (2000): 69-76.


Sanchez, Marla C., Jonathan G. Koomey, Mithra M. Moezzi, Alan K. Meier, and Wolfgang Huber. Miscellaneous Electricity Use in the U.S. Residential Sector. Berkeley, CA: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1998. Download: PDF (186.02 KB)

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