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Bits & Watts Initiative is a cross-campus effort of the Precourt Institute for Energy.


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The electricity system integrates engineering, economics, finance, market structures, business, law and government policy. Yet the education of industry experts has generally not interconnected these domains and there has been insufficient training for the innovators of the 21st century grid. The economic and environmental stakes are too great to solve a problem in one area, only to unknowingly create a bigger problem elsewhere. To address this challenge, Bits & Watts pursues a two-pronged education strategy:

  • Help industry executives broaden expertise required for a holistic, data-driven approach to transforming the grid and give input on new research areas
  • Produce a new generation of Stanford graduates with a holistic and integrated understanding of emerging grid trends to continue the transformation