Christopher Shin, 2018, Woodrow Wilson School

This summer, I engaged in qualitative research on the effects of the Clean Power Plan on the U.S. domestic energy landscape. I conducted this research under Dr. Marilyn Brown, Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. I supported her research efforts by synthesizing results from recent runs of Georgia Tech’s National Energy Modeling System, a powerful tool currently being employed to predict the impacts of the Clean Power Plan on various aspects of the energy landscape. Specifically, I put findings on residential and commercial energy use impacts into context by referencing relevant literature. The internship culminated in an extensive literature review on the potential for emissions leakage from implementation of the Clean Power Plan. I learned much about the U.S. energy industry, as well as becoming knowledgeable on the Clean Power Plan. I also honed my skills to collect, synthesize, and convey complex qualitative and quantitative material. These lessons and skills will not only carry through my remaining two years at Princeton, but into whatever work I do beyond.