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Caitlin Murphy

Senior Energy Policy Analyst


Caitlin Murphy is a senior energy policy analyst in the Economics and Forecasting Group within the Grid Planning and Analysis Center. Her expertise lies in evaluating how energy policies and technology innovation impact the evolution, operation, and environmental impacts of the U.S. energy system through quantitative analysis methods.

Research Interests

Evaluating the system and environmental impacts of federal- and state-level energy policies

Quantifying the resilience value of renewable energy

Assessing the impacts of technology innovation on the U.S. electricity sector


Ph.D., Geophysics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 2012

B.S., Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2007

Prior Work Experience

Science and Technology Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C. (2014–2017)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, D.C. (2012–2014)

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (2008–2012)

Featured Work

Energy CO2 Emissions Impacts of Clean Energy Technology Innovation and Policy, U.S. Department of Energy Technical Report (2017)

Environment Baseline, Volume 1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the U.S. Power Sector, U.S. Department of Energy Technical Report (2016)