Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard


Megan MauterMeagan Mauter
Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group
Energy Policy Fellow, Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Meagan Mauter's research interests lie at the intersection of energy and water. After finishing undergraduate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and History at Rice University, Mauter completed a Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the laboratories of Menachem Elimelech and Chinedum Osuji at Yale University. During her doctoral studies, Mauter performed research on next-generation membranes to reduce the energy consumption of water desalination processes. Now serving as an Energy Policy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, she is working to define structural barriers to the implementation of energy-saving water technologies.

Recent innovation in water treatment has introduced forward osmosis (FO) as a viable technology that restructures conventional tradeoffs between water and energy. By powering water desalination with waste heat from the cooling water of thermoelectric power plants, FO alleviates some of the rising tension between two critical resources. Rather than decoupling water and energy, however, FO introduces new modes of interaction and new constraints. The deployment and efficacy of fully integrated FO systems will depend largely on urban infrastructure and the economic, regulatory, and sociopolitical interactions that facilitate utilities integration. Mauter's research systematically analyzes the structural barriers to widespread FO implementation and proposes corrective policy interventions. In so doing, her work draws energy and water policy in a direction that begins to account for a broader range of social factors, while simultaneously addressing the role urban management policies can play in alleviating the water/energy crisis.

Jason TheriotJason Theriot
Energy Policy Fellow
Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Jason Theriot, Ph.D. is an energy and environmental historian who specializes in the U.S. Gulf Coast. His current book project, "Building America's Energy Corridor: Oil & Gas Development and Louisiana's Wetlands," is a history of energy development, environmental impacts, and coastal restoration politics in the Gulf of Mexico. Jason served as a chief researcher on a series of MMS/BOEM-sponsored studies on the history of the offshore oil and gas industry and is a contributing author to the Journal of American History's special series titled "Oil in America" (forthcoming 2012).

As a fellow at the CEPR, Jason will expand upon his historical research of the Gulf Region with a focus on addressing the economic and environmental restoration needs of the Gulf prior to and as a result of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill. His research project, "Economic and Eco-System Sustainability in the Gulf as Energy Policy" will evaluate OCS revenue sharing (GOMESA) and restoration policies in the Gulf from a current and historical perspective and will be the focus of an upcoming workshop at the Kennedy School.

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