Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson is a Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Law at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She studies how energy systems are changing in the face of new technologies and new societal pressures. Her work focuses on the implementation of energy and environmental policies and laws in practice. She studies how institutions support and thwart energy system transitions and focuses on the interplays between technology innovation, policy creation, and institutional decision making. Recent research has examined how energy policy stakeholders view the opportunities and challenges of creating smart grids and decision making within Regional Transmission Organizations, which manage the transmission planning, electricity markets and grid operations over 70 percent of North America. Her research has also examined how stakeholders in different U.S. states view emerging energy technologies like wind power and carbon-capture and sequestration and the electric power transmission system. Her recent books include Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing) (with Davies, Klass, Tomain and Osofsky) and Smart Grid (R)evolution: Electric Power Struggles (Cambridge Press) (with Stephens and Peterson). Wilson's research group is working on two NSF supported grants on media and stakeholder perceptions of Smart Grid technologies and on decision making in Regional Transmission Organizations.
Wilson was recently awarded a 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and was selected as a 2014-5 CIC Academic Leadership Fellow. She was chosen as a Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2011. She spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, supported by a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota she worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and before that Wilson worked in Belgium, Burundi and Tanzania. She holds a doctorate in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
- Regulation of Carbon Capture and Storage
- Pollak, MF, Meyer, B, Wilson, EJ (2010) Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Lessons from State Climate Action Plans. Submitted to Energy Policy, (in press).
- EJ Wilson, Zhang, D., Li, Z. Socio-political Context for Deploying Carbon Capture and Sequestration in China. Global Environmental Change 21 324-235 2011. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.01.012
- M Fischlein, J Larson, D Hall, R Chaudhry, JC Stephens, TR Peterson, EJ Wilson. Policy stakeholders and deployment of wind power in the sub-national context: a comparison of four U.S. states.Energy Policy 38 4429–4439, 2010. doi:
- EJ Wilson, J Marshall, KJ Krizek, R Wilson. By Foot, Bus or Car: Children’s School Travel and School Choice Policy. Environment and Planning A 42, 2168-2185 doi:10.1068/a435
- JD Marshall, R Wilson, KL Meyer, SK Rajangam, N McDonald, EJ Wilson, Vehicle Emissions during Children’s School Commuting: Impacts on Education Policy. Environmental Science and Technology44(5), pp 1537–1543, 2010. doi: 10.1021/es902932n
- H Zerriffi and EJ Wilson. Leapfrogging Over Development? Promoting Rural Renewables for Climate Change Mitigation. Energy Policy 38 (4)1689–1700, 2010. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2009.11.026
- EJ Wilson and JC Stephens. Wind in a Carbon-Managed World: States, Resources, Policy and Discourse. Environmental Science and Technology 43 (24), 9063–9070. 2009doi: 10.1021/es900802s
- A Boies, S Hankey, D Kittelson, J Marshall, P Nussbaum, W Watts, EJ Wilson. Reducing Motor Vehicle GHG Emissions in a State that is Not California. Environmental Science and Technology 43 (23), 8721–8729. 2009, doi: 10.1021/es902019z
- M Fischlein, T Smith, EJ Wilson. Carbon emissions and management scenarios for consumer-owned utilities. Environmental Science and Policy 12(7) 778-790, 2009 doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2009.07.011
- MF Pollak, EJ Wilson. Regulating geologic sequestration in the US: Early rules take divergent approaches. Environmental Science and Technology43(9), 3035–3041. 2009, doi: 10.1021/es803094f
- L Schmitt-Olabisi, PB Reich, KA Johnson, AR Kapuscinski, S Suh, EJ Wilson. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions for climate stabilization: Framing regional options. Environmental Science and Technology43(6), 1696-1703. 2009, doi: 10.1021/es801171a
- M Pollak, EJ Wilson. Managing risks of carbon capture and storage projects in the Clean Development Mechanism. Climate Policy 9, 71–87. 2009, http://www.earthscanjournals.com/cp/009/cp0090071.htm
- EJ Wilson, J Plummer, M Fischlein, T Smith. Implementing Energy Efficiency: Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Electric Cooperatives and Small Municipal Utilities. Energy Policy 36(9) 3383-3397. 2008 doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2008.05.007
- D Gerard and EJ Wilson. Environmental Bonds and the Challenge of Long-Term Carbon Sequestration. Journal of Environmental Management 90, 1097–1105. 2009, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.04.005
- JC Stephens, EJ Wilson, TR Peterson. Socio-Political Evaluation of Energy Deployment (SPEED): An Integrated Research Framework for Analysis of Energy Technology Deployment. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 75, 1224–1246. 2008, doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2007.12.003
- EJ Wilson, M Granger Morgan, J Apt, M Bonner, C Bunting, J Gode, C Jaeger, DW Keith, SP McCoy, R. S. Haszeldine, M. Pollak, D. Reiner, E. Rubin, A. Torvanger, C. Ulardic, S. Vajjhala, D Victor, I Wright. Regulating Geologic Sequestration of CO2. Environmental Science and Technology 42: 2718-2722. 2008. doi: 10.1021/es087037k
In The Media
Professor Elizabeth Wilson was a guest on this radio interview and podcast, discussing technologies and practices that are making a difference in the fight against rising global temperatures.
Marta Monti, CapX2020's lead researcher, discusses research findings and the environmental impact.