Areas of Expertise (5)
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.
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
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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.
Anti-Wind Farm Activism Is Sweeping Europe—and the U.S. Could Be Next
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.
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.
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.