About Us

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 (CAES),* we work with policymakers, industry, and communities to advance understanding of tradeoffs 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 guide and inform planning and policy.

With external funding from the National Science Foundation, City of Boise, U.S. Department of Energy, Western Governors’ Association and the International Atomic Energy Agency, among funders, the Institute has completed projects on a range of topics. Key areas of current focus include: resilience and disaster preparedness in energy technology; national and local planning; regional innovation hubs; security of critical infrastructure; drivers and barriers in energy adoption; shifts in energy jobs, markets, and cost-benefit-value; and better practices in regulatory design, among topics.

*Note: CAES is a consortium, consisting of Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, University of Wyoming and Idaho National Laboratory.

EPI Staff

  • KathyAraujo, PhD

    Dr. Kathleen Araujo

    Director

    Dr. Kathleen Araújo is Associate Professor of Energy Innovation Systems and Policy, and Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University, the policy arm of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a consortium of public universities plus Idaho National Laboratory. She works to advance critical decision-making on energy systems change in line with priorities that include resilience, security, and industrial development. Her book Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation (Oxford University Press) provides an in-depth look at four, socio-technical system transformations that occurred since the global oil crisis of 1973. Dr. Araújo is the Book Series Editor for Routledge’s Studies in Energy Transitions and consults for governmental/inter-governmental organizations as well as industry.

    Dr. Kathleen Araújo is Associate Professor of Energy Innovation Systems and Policy, and Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University, the policy arm of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a consortium of public universities plus Idaho National Laboratory. She works to advance critical decision-making on energy systems change in line with priorities that include resilience, security, and industrial development. Her book Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation (Oxford University Press) provides an in-depth look at four, socio-technical system transformations that occurred since the global oil crisis of 1973. Dr. Araújo is the Book Series Editor for Routledge’s Studies in Energy Transitions and consults for governmental/inter-governmental organizations as well as industry.

  • Dr. Stephanie Lenhart

    Dr. Stephanie Lenhart

    Senior 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).

  • AmyValenzuela

    Amy Valenzuela

    Business Manager

    Amy Valenzuela is the Business Manager for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, providing fiscal and grants management as well as office administration. Amy holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix (2010), and also received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from Northern Arizona University (2008). She has over 11 years of management experience in the financial and commercial construction industries.

    Center for Advanced Energy Studies

    Amy Valenzuela is the Business Manager for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, providing fiscal and grants management as well as office administration. Amy holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix (2010), and also received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from Northern Arizona University (2008). She has over 11 years of management experience in the financial and commercial construction industries.

  • Madison Charrier

    Madison Charrier

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Madison Charrier is an EPI Graduate Research Assistant, providing research assistance and Institute support. Madison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Community Development and Leadership from Oregon State University – Cascades (2014). She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Policy and Administration. Her academic interests include qualitative research, land use planning, waste reduction, energy justice and ethics, and the social dimensions of energy issues.

    Madison Charrier is an EPI Graduate Research Assistant, providing research assistance and Institute support. Madison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Community Development and Leadership from Oregon State University – Cascades (2014). She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Policy and Administration. Her academic interests include qualitative research, land use planning, waste reduction, energy justice and ethics, and the social dimensions of energy issues.

  • Luke Henken-Graduate Assistant

    Luke Henken

    Graduate Research Associate

    Luke Henken is a Graduate Research Associate with the Energy Policy Institute. He focuses on planning and executing the Energy Policy Research Conference while providing general support to the EPI as a whole. Luke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Puget Sound. Beginning in August, he will pursue a Master’s in Business Administration. His interests include economic and community development, renewable energy, and energy security.

    Luke Henken is a Graduate Research Associate with the Energy Policy Institute. He focuses on planning and executing the Energy Policy Research Conference while providing general support to the EPI as a whole. Luke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Puget Sound. Beginning in August, he will pursue a Master’s in Business Administration. His interests include economic and community development, renewable energy, and energy security.

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