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., Aimee T. McKane, Paul Sheihing, Tracy Evans, Sandy Glatt, and William Meffert. "The Business Value of Superior Energy Performance." In 2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. Buffalo, NY, 2015. Download: PDF (1.36 MB)


Meier, Alan K., and Hans-Paul Siderius. "Assembling Appliances Standards from a Basket of Functions." In 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, California, 2014. Download: PDF (1.17 MB)
Meier, Alan K.. "From Energy Audits to Home Performance: 30 Years of Articles in Home Energy Magazine." In 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, California, 2014. Download: PDF (2.04 MB)
Kloss, Margarita, Iris H. Y. Cheung, Richard E. Brown, and Alan K. Meier. "Using Public Participation to Improve MELs Energy Data Collection." In 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, California, 2014. Download: PDF (2.81 MB)
Weber, Andrew, Steven Lanzisera, Anna Liao, and Alan K. Meier. "We Need to Talk… Developing Communicating Power Supplies to Monitor & Control Miscellaneous Electric Loads." In 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, California, 2014. Download: PDF (12.15 MB)



Brown, Richard E., Louis-Benoit Desroches, Karina Garbesi, and Alan K. Meier. "Achieving Extreme Efficiency: How to get the job done when energy is extremely expensive and scarce." In 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA, 2012. Download: PDF (1.14 MB)



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