Who we are:

EPI is based at Boise State University and is the policy body of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), a consortium of Boise State University, University of Idaho, Idaho State, University of Wyoming, and Idaho National Laboratory. With over $5 million in external funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Western Governors Association, International Atomic Energy Agency, and others, EPI has completed policy and industry projects related to power transmission, utility scale solar siting, levelized cost of electricity, and small modular reactors (SMRs), among topics in its coverage.

Dr. Kathleen Araújo is the Director of EPI; Associate Professor of Energy Innovation Systems and Policy in Boise State University’s School of Public Service; and Book Series Editor for Routledge’s Studies in Energy Transitions. She specializes in strategic management and policy aspects of energy system change in the context of industrial development and innovation. Dr. Araújo earned her Ph.D. at MIT, and completed post-doctoral research at the Harvard Kennedy School in science-technology policy, and nuclear safety. She consults for governmental/inter-governmental organizations and industry.

Kathleen Araújo
EPI Director
(208) 426-4845

Autumn Johnson is the EPI Assistant Director, performing business development, strategic planning, and operations management. Autumn holds a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law (2010), where she focused on environmental law, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Seattle University (2015).  She is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University, with a focus on environmental law and policy, including the food-energy-water nexus.

Autumn Johnson
EPI Assistant Director
(208) 426-2326

Amy Valenzuela is the Business Manager for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, providing fiscal and grants management as well as office administration, and leads the logistical efforts to produce EPI’s annual Energy Policy Research Conference. Amy holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix (2010), and also received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from Northern Arizona University (2008). She has over 11 years of management experience in the financial and commercial construction industries.


Amy Valenzuela
CAES Business Manager
(208) 426-5708



Stephanie Lenhart is a Senior Research Associate with the Energy Policy Institute at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies and faculty in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. She studies energy system governance, environmental policy implementation, and interorganizational collaboration. Recent work has focused on decision making by public utilities and electric cooperatives and interorganizational collaboration in regional transmission organizations.


Stephanie Lenhart
EPI Senior Research Associate
(208) 426-5707



Madison Charrier is the EPI Graduate Research Assistant, providing research assistance and Institute support. Madison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Community Development and Leadership from Oregon State University – Cascades (2014), she is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Policy and Administration. Her academic interests include qualitative research, land use planning, waste reduction, energy justice and ethics, and the social dimensions of energy issues.

Madison Charrier
EPI Graduate Research Assistant
(208) 426-2981