Sara Hastings-Simon

Dr. Hastings-Simon is an expert in energy, innovation, and climate policy. Her focus is on improving understanding of how energy and industrial transitions happen within different sectors of the economy, and how public policy can improve outcomes. She explores markets and policy structures that support decarbonization of electricity. Her research also examines the role of incumbent companies and governments in deploying new technologies in high-carbon economies, and the response of firms to carbon pricing and other climate policy measures.

In addition to her role with the Payne Institute on natural resources, energy and the environment at the Colorado School of Mines, Sara is an expert member of the panel for Clean Growth with the Canadian Climate Choices Institute, a member of the board of directors of Emissions Reduction Alberta, and a research fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. She was previously the director of clean economy at the Pembina Institute where she founded the Business Renewable Centre Canada. She was also the practice manager for Clean Technologies at McKinsey & Company. Sara obtained her PhD in Physics from the University of Geneva and her Masters from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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