Born in Chicago, IL, Peter Schwartz began his energy career over 41 years ago. His deep energy and utility experience combined with innovative approaches to technology has led him to be an internationally recognized and a frequent speaker on energy efficiency, building and Smart Grid technologies. He currently is a Principal Investigator in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he manages research teams investigating advanced, networked lighting controls, demand response, energy adaptive building control and Smart Grid-enabling technologies. Earlier in his career, he was Director of Business Energy Management at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where he managed their $76 million per year, commercial and industrial energy-efficiency program portfolio. He also previously ran his own energy infrastructure consulting practice for 15 years.
He received his B.Sc., in Environmental Physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specializing in technology assessment, energy policy and environmental politics, and his M.E.P., (Master of Environmental Planning), specializing in building energy technology and analysis, from Arizona State University.