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Erin Baker - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Erin Baker Erin Baker

Associate Dean and Director of Wind Energy IGERT | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Erin Baker informs policymakers on energy technology in the face of climate change.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Wind Turbines

Environmental Decision-Making

Wind Energy

Industrial Engineering

Energy Economics and Policy


Erin Baker is a nationally-known expert on wind energy who has advised policymakers how to make decisions on energy technology in the face of climate change.


Video Appearances





Energy and Sustainable Development: Erin Baker, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Education (3)

Stanford Universit: Ph.D., Engineering Economic Systems & Operations Research

Stanford University: M.A., Engineering Economic Systems & Operations Research

University of California, Berkeley: B.A., Applied Mathematics

Press Coverage (2)

Record-breaking $405M US offshore wind leasing auction shows 'bullish' interest

Utility Dive  online


Technological advancement also figures into the high bids as developers see offshore wind costs going down, according to Erin Baker, industrial engineering professor at the University of Massachusetts offshore wind energy program.

offshore wind generation

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Anti-Wind Farm Activism Is Sweeping Europe—and the U.S. Could Be Next

GIZMODO  online


Recently, U.S. states like Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York have unveiled ambitious plans to build offshore wind farms that will power hundreds of thousands of homes within the next decade. But UMass professor Erin Baker, who has written about the rise of offshore wind farms, doubts that these projects will see opposition on the scale of Europe because most U.S. offshore wind farms will be located 25 miles or more from the coast.

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Publications (2)

Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off

The Conversation

Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner


There are only five wind turbines operating in U.S. waters today. But that will likely soon change, partly because of states with ambitious offshore wind targets.

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With a tight federal budget, here’s where to focus clean energy research funding

The Conversation

Erin Baker


The U.S. Department of Energy spends US$3-$4 billion per year on applied energy research. These programs seek to provide clean and reliable energy and improve our energy security by driving innovation and helping companies bring new clean energy sources to market.

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