Ashtin Massie is an energy analyst with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she analyzes historical utility practices and regulatory and policy barriers that impede clean energy deployment in regional and state electricity grids. She has co-authored UCS reports studying the impacts of uneconomic self-scheduling in regional electricity markets and the impacts of fuel and power contracts on decarbonization targets. Ms. Massie also analyzes and models the economic and environmental benefits of proposed energy policies at the federal and state levels.
Before joining UCS, Ms. Massie worked as a graduate research assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she analyzed the impact of high-altitude clouds on the climate system and explored ways to improve the detection of clouds using remote sensing. She also served as a teaching assistant and tutor for introductory weather and climate courses, and helped students learn about different weather and climate processes and the ways in which climate change impacts our society.
Ms. Massie joined UCS in 2020 after earning her master’s degree in atmospheric and oceanic science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric and oceanic science and geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.