Manager of Energy Policy Design
Megan Mahajan is Manager of Energy Policy Design at Energy Innovation, focused on the firm’s Energy Policy Solutions program. She helps lead development of the Energy Policy Simulator (EPS), Energy Innovation’s in-house model that evaluates how policies can most effectively meet climate and energy goals. Megan’s work focuses on building and maintaining versions of the EPS across various regions and using these tools for policy analysis. She has worked extensively on models for the United States, India, and various state-level adaptations, among others. Megan also works regularly with federal and state policymakers to deliver modeling insights. For example, Megan led a modeling effort quantifying the emissions reductions and co-benefits of the United States House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Majority Staff Report recommendations. She has also produced research briefs on topics such the costs of delaying climate action, the energy use and emissions impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the emissions and cost impacts of reversing fuel economy standards.
Prior to joining Energy Innovation, Megan worked as a Research Analyst at Nathan Associates Inc., where she assisted in preparing expert witness reports for environmental litigation. Megan earned an M.S. in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University and a B.S. in environmental geosciences from the University of Notre Dame. During her graduate and undergraduate careers, she was heavily involved in research on topics such as the effects of hydraulic fracturing fluids and the disposal of nuclear waste. Megan’s work resulted in eight academic publications, including a policy commentary piece in Nature evaluating risk in nuclear waste repositories.