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The Energy Policy Institute is a non-partisan and evidence-based research and advising center that specializes in socio-technical aspects of energy systems change.

We focus on how to manage energy shifts — planned and unanticipated — in natural, technical and human systems that affect energy utilization. As the policy hub for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies consortium (CAES),* we work with policymakers, industry, and communities to advance understanding of trade-offs that are inherent in choices about clean, resilient, and secure energy systems. We draw on integrative, socio-technical strengths in policy & regulation, science & engineering, as well as business & economics to advance planning and policy.

With external funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Sloan Foundation, and Western Governors’ Association, among funders, the Institute completes projects on a range of topics. Key areas of current focus include: Electric vehicle adoption and standards in integrated planning; Universities in regional energy innovation systems; the Energy workforce of the future; Microgrids and planning for resilience; Storage and electricity markets; Cyber-security for critical energy systems; Transportation, energy and urban growth; etc.

*Note: The CAES consortium focuses on research, education and innovation. It consists of Idaho National Laboratory and four public university partners — Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, and University of Wyoming.

EPI Staff

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    Dr. Kathleen Araujo

    Director

    Dr. Kathleen Araújo is the Director of the Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Energy Systems and Policy at Boise State University. She is responsible for the strategic direction and executive decision-making for the Institute which is the policy body for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a consortium of public universities plus Idaho National Laboratory.

    Dr. Araújo’s specialization centers on advancing strategic priorities in energy systems resilience and sustainability. Her work has contributed to the emerging field of energy transitions. Dr. Araújo’s book Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation (Oxford University Press) examines four, country-level shifts in energy utilization, critical infrastructure, and societal buy-in that occurred since the global oil crisis of 1973. Cases cover Icelandic geothermal energy, French nuclear power, Danish wind power and Brazilian biofuels.

    Closely associated with Dr. Araújo’s energy transitions research is her analysis of energy-environmental systems, such as that with post-Fukushima nuclear safety shifts, international offshore wind developments, and early adopters of electric vehicles and solar photovoltaic technology. She considers sustainability complexities and has presented or led discussions in international fora with the University of Cambridge, Arctic Circle Conference, and Fukushima Medical University. Dr. Araújo is the Book Series Editor for Routledge’s Studies in Energy Transitions. She also consults for inter-governmental organizations, like the World Bank and the International Renewable Energy Agency, as well as industry.

    Dr. Kathleen Araújo is the Director of the Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Energy Systems and Policy at Boise State University. She is responsible for the strategic direction and executive decision-making for the Institute which is the policy body for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a consortium of public universities plus Idaho National Laboratory.

    Dr. Araújo’s specialization centers on advancing strategic priorities in energy systems resilience and sustainability. Her work has contributed to the emerging field of energy transitions. Dr. Araújo’s book Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation (Oxford University Press) examines four, country-level shifts in energy utilization, critical infrastructure, and societal buy-in that occurred since the global oil crisis of 1973. Cases cover Icelandic geothermal energy, French nuclear power, Danish wind power and Brazilian biofuels.

    Closely associated with Dr. Araújo’s energy transitions research is her analysis of energy-environmental systems, such as that with post-Fukushima nuclear safety shifts, international offshore wind developments, and early adopters of electric vehicles and solar photovoltaic technology. She considers sustainability complexities and has presented or led discussions in international fora with the University of Cambridge, Arctic Circle Conference, and Fukushima Medical University. Dr. Araújo is the Book Series Editor for Routledge’s Studies in Energy Transitions. She also consults for inter-governmental organizations, like the World Bank and the International Renewable Energy Agency, as well as industry.

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    Cassandra Koerner

    Asst. Director of Research, Communications, & Dev.

    Cassandra Koerner joined the EPI team in March 2020 as the Assistant Director of Research, Communications, and Development. She brings years of experience working in the public sector as a regulator, researcher, technical writer, and budget manager as well as a private contractor. Her unique blend of education and experience has provided a scientific and technical framework on which to build her policy investigations.  She has published articles and book chapters regarding small modular nuclear reactors, nuclear perceptions, energy efficiency, renewable energy in the west, carbon sequestration, and international carbon markets, as well as others on general energy and environmental issues. Koerner holds a Master of Public Administration from Boise State University (2012) and a Master of Arts in political science and environmental policy from Colorado State University (2016).  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource conservation from the University of Montana (2005).

    Cassandra Koerner joined the EPI team in March 2020 as the Assistant Director of Research, Communications, and Development. She brings years of experience working in the public sector as a regulator, researcher, technical writer, and budget manager as well as a private contractor. Her unique blend of education and experience has provided a scientific and technical framework on which to build her policy investigations.  She has published articles and book chapters regarding small modular nuclear reactors, nuclear perceptions, energy efficiency, renewable energy in the west, carbon sequestration, and international carbon markets, as well as others on general energy and environmental issues. Koerner holds a Master of Public Administration from Boise State University (2012) and a Master of Arts in political science and environmental policy from Colorado State University (2016).  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource conservation from the University of Montana (2005).

  • Dr. Stephanie Lenhart

    Dr. Stephanie Lenhart

    Sr. Research Associate

    Stephanie Lenhart is a Senior Research Associate with the Energy Policy Institute, part of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, and is faculty in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. She studies energy system governance, environmental policy implementation, and inter-organizational collaboration. Recent work has focused on decision-making by public utilities and electric cooperatives and inter-organizational collaboration in regional transmission organizations.

    Stephanie Lenhart is a Senior Research Associate with the Energy Policy Institute, part of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, and is faculty in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. She studies energy system governance, environmental policy implementation, and inter-organizational collaboration. Recent work has focused on decision-making by public utilities and electric cooperatives and inter-organizational collaboration in regional transmission organizations.

  • Kacie Brioschi-Office Manager

    Kacie Brioschi

    Office Manager

    Kacie Brioschi is the EPI Office Manager, overseeing business and administrative functions, projects and reporting. Kacie holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Management and Strategy from Western Governor’s University (2014) and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Portland (2003).

    Kacie Brioschi is the EPI Office Manager, overseeing business and administrative functions, projects and reporting. Kacie holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Management and Strategy from Western Governor’s University (2014) and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Portland (2003).

Graduate Research Associates

Kinsey Garn

Tais Mitchell

Adair Muth

Dalton Fox

Haydn Brian

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