Johanna Rayl, who in addition to the DRW Fellowship also received a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), has been working for EPIC over the past two years as a pre-doctoral fellow for Michael Greenstone. During that time, she focused on projects analyzing the adoption rate of solar-powered microgrids in India and the effectiveness of energy efficiency policies. For the latter, she helped oversee the rollout of an experiment with Baltimore Gas & Electric. Prior to working with EPIC, Rayl researched water markets in Chile as an intern for Resources for the Future. She received her bachelor’s degree in environmental analysis from Pomona College.
“EPIC has provided me with a very clear sense of the important energy questions that need answering, as well as with incredibly valuable connections to the broader energy and environment research community at UChicago,” says Rayl. “I’m grateful for the support this fellowship provides me as I continue my economic studies.”