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Anna Broughel

Anna Broughel

Adjunct Lecturer


Anna Ebers Broughel is a PhD economist with more than a decade of experience in environmental research and project management. At Tetra Tech, she is part of the company-wide Delta.Analytics effort in big data analysis, working mostly for U.S. EPA and different state Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality. Previously, Dr. Ebers Broughel worked as a fellow co-managing a social sciences research portfolio (SEEDSII) at the Solar Energy Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. During four years of her post-doctoral training at the University of St.Gallen and at the University of Maryland, College Park, she led multiple interdisciplinary projects in economics.

She holds a PhD in Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in association with Syracuse University, where she was a Fulbright scholar. Currently, she serves as a council member at the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and is a non-resident fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Ebers Broughel has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in sustainability, climate change, and energy policy and economics at top U.S. public and private universities (University of Maryland, College Park; SAIS at Johns Hopkins University), as well as internationally (in Germany and Switzerland). A frequent speaker at current and past BECC, APPAM, AAAS, and IAEE conferences, she has published research in leading peer-reviewed field journals such as Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Nature Sustainability, Energy Policy, and others. Her research interests span multiple domains, including environmental impacts and social acceptance of offshore-wind projects, environmental justice and energy poverty, behavioral nudges for sustainability, and big data analysis.

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Cranmer, A., Ericson, J., Ebers Broughel., A, and Bernard, B. (2020). “Worth a thousand words: Presenting wind turbines in virtual reality reveals new opportunities for social acceptance and visualization research”. Energy Research & Social Science, 67, 101507.
  • Mignon, I., and Ebers Broughel, A. (2020). “What interests do intermediaries prioritize during wind- and solar project development?” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 36, 393-405. 
  • Ebers Broughel, A. (2019). “On the ground in sunny Mexico: A case study of consumer perceptions and willingness to pay for solar-powered devices”. World Development Perspectives, 15, 100-130.
  • Ebers Broughel, A. (2018). “Impact of state policies on generating capacity for production of electricity and combined heat and power from forest biomass in the United States”. Renewable Energy, 134, 1163-1172.
  • Ebers Broughel, A., Hampl, N. (2018). “Community financing of renewable energy projects in Austria and Switzerland: profiles of potential investors”. Energy Policy, 123, 722-736. 
  • Ebers, A., Malmsheimer, R., Volk, T., Newman, D.H., (2016). “Inventory and classification of federal and state forest biomass electricity and heat policies in the US”. Biomass and Bioenergy, 84, 67-75.

Book contributions:

  • Ebers Broughel (2023). “Zero-carbon energy scenarios for 2050 and beyond”. In Wood, G., Onyango, V., Yenneti, K, and Liakopolou, M. (eds.): Handbook on Zero Carbon Energy Systems and Energy Transitions. Palgrave McMillan.
  • Ebers Broughel, A., Wüstenhagen, R. (in press). “The Influence of Policy Risk on Swiss Wind Power Investment”; in: Hettich, P., Kachi, A.: Swiss Energy Governance: Political, Economic and Legal Challenges and Opportunities in the Energy Transition, Springer.
  • Ebers, A. Stauch, A., Schmid, B., Vuichard, P. (2018). “The Swiss market for renewable energy consumer co-ownership”. In Lowitzsch, J. (ed). Energy Transition: Financing Consumer Co-Ownership in Renewables. Palgrave McMillan, 451-476.
  • Ebers, A. and Hampl, N. L. (2016). “Community Financing of Renewable Energy Projects in the Age of Low and Negative Interest Rates in Austria and Switzerland”. In Taisch, F., Jungmeister, A., and Gernet, H. (eds.): Cooperative Identity and Growth. St.Gallen: Verlag Raiffeisen Schweiz, 2016, pp. 343-353.


  • Tetra Tech (in press). Effluent Temperature Reduction Technologies for Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Report prepared for US EPA. Authored sections on environmental costs and benefits and environmental justice. 
  • Tetra Tech (in press). Retrospective Analysis of Water Quality in Long Island Sound (LIS). Memorandum prepared for US EPA
  • Sinha, A., Rath, J., Ebers Broughel, A., Roy, S. (in press). “Extreme Events and the Electric Power Industry: Using Data Analytics for Improved Understanding”. EPRI report. 
  • Ebers Broughel, A., and Viiding, M. (2021). “Estonian Experience with Electric Mobility: Is There a First-Mover Advantage with EVs?” IAEE Energy Forum, First Quarter 2021, pp. 22-25. Published online: 
  • Ebers Broughel, A., Schmid, B., Stauch, A., Vuichard, P., (2020). “Community Finance: Renewable Energy Cooperatives”, in “Financing the Low-Carbon Economy: Instruments, Barriers and Recommendations”, Swiss Sustainable Finance. November 2020. Published online: 
  • Ebers Broughel, A. (2020). “Setting the Bar for 2035: Energy Foresight Scenarios for Estonia”. Report for the Foresight Centre, Parliament of Estonia. Published online:
  • Klotz, L., et al. (2019). “Twenty questions about design behavior for sustainability”. Report of the international expert panel on behavioral science for design, Nature Sustainability. Published online at: 
  • Feldman, D., Ebers, A., Margolis, R. (2019). “Q3/Q4 2018 Solar Industry Update”. National Renewable Energy Laboratory report, NREL/PR-6A20-73234. January 2019. Published online at:
  • Wüstenhagen, R., Blondiau, Y., Ebers, A., Salm, S. (2017). “Lowering the financing cost of Swiss renewable energy infrastructure: reducing the policy risk premium and attracting new investor types”. Project SI/501293-01. Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Berne/St.Gallen. Published online at:
  • Ebers, A. (2017). Wind in the sails: managing social acceptance of large wind energy projects in Switzerland. oikos international case study. St.Gallen. 
  • Ebers, A., Joller, L., Kostyuchenko, N., Smolennikov, D. (2017). Innovative green teaching: a primer on innovative teaching techniques of environmental and energy topics. University of St.Gallen 
  • Ebers, A., Wüstenhagen, R., (2016). “6th consumer barometer of renewable energy”. Report. University of St. Gallen. Published online at: 



  • Energy Resources and Environment
  • International Economics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big Data