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About the Global Energy Forum

Stanford University lies in the heart of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems that continues to shape the world through its innovations and talent.  As the premier energy event at Stanford, the Global Energy Forum brings together a unique delegation of global citizens, industry leaders, energy experts, and innovative problem solvers to holistically address the challenges of the transforming global energy ecosystem. After two postponements due to COVID, the Global Energy Forum resumes in November of 2022. Return here for updates.

Hosted by former United States Secretaries, and the Stanford Global Energy Forum offers participants an opportunity to gain visibility of emerging trends in energy, gain insights about rapidly transforming sectors of the global energy ecosystem, identify connections and opportunities between these sectors while fostering connections among peers who are advancing global energy policy and practice. Attendees have the unique opportunity to engage with world-renowned Stanford energy faculty, students, and innovators who are launching cutting-edge energy technologies.

Global Energy Forum Hosts

Steven Chu profie photo
U.S. Secretary of Energy (Fmr)
U.S. Secretary of State (Fmr)
Arun Majumdar profile photo
Founding Director, ARPA-E (Fmr)
William Perry profile photo
U.S. Secretary of Defense (Fmr)

From the Director

The world is facing the dual challenge of providing access to affordable and reliable energy for improving our quality of life, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the global energy system with a sense of fierce urgency. This will require a major transformation of the global energy system, a sector worth more than $10 trillion per year.  This dual challenge also offers the biggest opportunity of the 21st century.  How businesses, nations, researchers and civic organizations seize this opportunity will impact not just our environment, but the global economy and national security.

The magnitude, speed and the nature of this energy transition is unique and unprecedented. Looking back in time for historic lessons will not guarantee future success. Solving the energy challenge will require innovations across science, engineering, business, law, finance and human behavior.  To explore, understand and appreciate these innovations, we launched the inaugural Stanford Global Energy Forum in 2018.

At Stanford, about 300 dedicated faculty and staff along with hundreds of students are focused on energy and climate innovations. Stanford has launched multiple initiatives that integrate knowledge to shape the future of natural gas, hydrogen, the electricity grid, energy storage, global carbon management and sustainable finance. We’ve significantly expanded collaborations with industry, governments and other stakeholders. We also launched exploration of a new educational discipline, “macro-energy systems,” for the integrated study of the energy transition. Many universities around the world are similarly devoting greater resources to energy research. We do not, yet, have all the answers, but by working together with focus, drive and passion, we will.

We hope you will join us for the online Global Energy Dialogues and live Stanford Global Energy Forums so that our current and future leaders can together explore, understand and help shape the future of energy.

-  Yi Cui, Director of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

History of the Forum

The Vail Global Energy Forum, a vision of founder Jay Precourt, was started in 2011 with the goal of advancing the public understanding of global energy via fact-based balanced dialogue. Each year, over 300 stakeholders convened in Colorado where, in later years, the forum focused on North America as a rising power in energy. The Global Energy Forum moved to its permanent home at Stanford University in the Fall of 2018 where it explored the rapidly changing worldwide energy ecosystem and address the implications of these changes.

For more information about the Stanford Global Energy Forum, contact:

Cindy Williams, Assistant Director, External Engagement, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University 650.724.2613