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Erin Baker

Associate Dean/Professor and Director of Wind Energy IGERT

Wind Energy IGERT and Director of Energy, Environment, and Economic Decision making laboratory.

Research and Background

Climate Change Applying operations research methods to environmental and energy economics and policy; how uncertainty impacts global climate change policy in a strategic environment; the economics of distributed generation; the interplay between energy and development in Africa

Contact Info

Erin Baker
120C Marston Hall, University of Massachusetts, 160 Governors Drive,
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003


Combining operations research methods and economics to decision making under uncertainty applied to the field of energy and the environment, with a focus on publicly-funded energy technology Research and Development portfolios in the face of climate change. Other topics include evaluating the sustainability of the electricity grid in New England as well as in developing countries, and evaluating the environmental costs and benefits of offshore wind energy.

Program Area:

Industrial Engineering

Research Area:

Renewable Energy


B.A. U.C. Berkeley, 1986; M.S. Stanford University, 1998; Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002


Cranmer, Zana, Erin Baker, Juuso Liesiö, Ahti Salo, A Portfolio Model for Siting Offshore Wind Farms with Economic and Environmental Objectives, European Journal of Operations Research, 267:304-314 (2018)

Verdolini, E., Anadon, L.D., Baker, E., Bosetti, V., Aleluia Reis, L., Future Prospects for Energy Technologies: Insights from Expert Elicitations, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 19(2):133-153 (2018)

Nock, Destenie, Erin Baker, The Unintended Consequences of Northern Ireland’s Renewable Obligation Credit Policy, Electricity Journal, Volume 30, Issue 7, August–September 2017, Pages 47–54

Laura Diaz Anadon,* Erin Baker,* Valentina Bosetti Integrating uncertainty into public energy R&D decisions, Nature Energy, 2 (2017): 17071, * authors listed alphabetically, equal contribution

Cranmer, A., Smetzer, J., Welch, L., Baker, E. A Markov Model for Planning and Permitting Offshore Wind Energy: A Case Study of Radio-Tracked Terns in the Gulf of Maine, USA. Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 193, 15 May 2017, Pages 400–409

Ryan Wiser, Karen Jenni, Joachim Seel, Erin Baker, Maureen Hand, Eric Lantz, Aaron Smith, Expert elicitation survey on future wind energy costs, Nature Energy, September 2016, page 16135

Marshall Burke, Melanie Craxton, Charles D. Kolstad, Chikara Onda, Hunt Alcott, Erin Baker, Richard Carson, Kenneth Gillingham, Joshua Graff-Zivin, W. Michael Hanemann, Geoffrey Heal, Solomon Hsiang, Benjamin Jones, David Kelly, Raymond Kopp, Matthew Kotchen, Robert Mendelsohn, Kyle Meng, Gilbert Metcalf, Juan Moreno-Cruz, Robert Pindyck, Ivan Rudik, James Stock, and Richard Tol. Opportunities for advances in climate change economics. Science, 352.6283 (2016): 292-293

Laura Diaz Anadon,* Erin Baker,* Valentina Bosetti*, Lara Aleluia Reis, Expert views - and disagreements - about the potential of energy technology R&D, Climatic Change (June 2016), Volume 136, Issue 3, pp 677–691 *First 3 authors listed alphabetically, equal contribution

Kaikai, Moijue, Erin Baker, Engineering for Sustainable Energy Education within Suburban, Urban, and Developing Secondary Schools, Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 10.1 (2016): 88-100.

Erin Baker, Olaitan Olaleye, Lara Aleluia da Silva Reis, Decision Frameworks and the investment in R&D, Energy Policy, volume 80 (2015): 275–285

Erin Baker,Valentina Bosetti, Laura Diaz Anadon, Max Henrion, Lara Aleluia Reis, Future Costs of Key Low-Carbon Energy Technologies: Harmonization and Aggregation of Energy Technology Expert Elicitation Data, Energy Policy, Volume 80 (2015): 219–232

Baker, E. and Solak, S., Management of Energy Technology for Sustainability: How to Fund Energy Technology R&D, Production and Operations Management, Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 348–365, (March 2014) (Online Supplement)

Baker, E. and Olaleye, O., Combining Experts: Decomposition and Aggregation Order, Risk Analysis, 33 (6), 1116-1127 (2013)

Greg Nemet, Erin Baker, Karen Jenni, Modeling the future costs of carbon capture using experts' elicited probabilities under policy scenarios, Energy, Volume 56, 1 Pages 218-228 (2013)

Erin Baker, Meredith Fowlie, Derek Lemoine, and Stanley S. Reynolds, The Economics of Solar Electricity, Annual Review of Resource Economics, 5:387-426 (2013)

Jenni, K., Baker, E., and Nemet, G, Expert Elicitations of Energy Penalties for Carbon Capture Technologies, International Journal of GHG Control, 12:136-145 (2013)

Baker E., Option Value and the Diffusion of Fuel Efficient Vehicles, The Energy Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4, p 49-59 (2012)

Baker, E. and Solak, S., Climate Change and Optimal Energy Technology R&D Policy, European Journal of Operations Research, 213: 442 – 454 (2011)

Shrimali, G. and Baker, E. Optimal Feed in Tariff Schedule, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 59, No. 2, p 310 – 322 (2012)

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