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John A. (Skip) Laitner, Masters  | View Home Page
Title Principal
Institution Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates
5751 North Kolb Road, Unit 40108 
Tucson AZ 85750-3773
John A. “Skip” Laitner is a resource economist who leads a team of consultants, the Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates based in Tucson, Arizona. He also serves as the chief economist for Jeremy Rifkin’s Third Industrial Revolution initiatives. He is the former Director of Economic and Social Analysis for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and is now the President-Elect on the board of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS), an independent faculty-and-student-based professional association in higher education, designed to serve the needs of environmental scholars and scientists who value interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, and problem-solving.

Skip previously served 10 years as a Senior Economist for Technology Policy with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He left the federal service in 2006 to focus his research on developing a more robust technology and behavioral characterization of energy efficiency resources for use in energy and climate policy analyses and within economic policy models. In 1998 Skip was awarded EPA's Gold Medal for his work with a team of economists to evaluate the impact of different strategies that might assist in the implementation of smart climate policies. In 2003 the US Combined Heat and Power Association gave him an award to acknowledge his contributions to the policy development of that industry. In 2004 his paper, “How Far Energy Efficiency?” catalyzed new research into the proper the characterization of efficiency as a long-term resource. Author of nearly 300 reports, journal articles, and book chapters, Skip has more than 40 years of involvement in the environmental, energy and economic policy arenas. Skip has a master’s degree in Resource Economics from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH.
Recent Consulting
Skip has completed a number of projects ranging from modeling the positive employment impacts of a variety of alternative energy efficiency and renewable energy scenarios, assessing the long-term energy efficiency potential, writing about the environmental benefits associated with large-scale energy efficiency investments, and reviewing the role of behavior and feedback mechanisms in promoting large-scale energy efficiency opportunities.

Among his immediate projects, Skip is now working with Jeremy Rifkin in Nord-Pas de Calais, a region of 4 million people in Northeastern France. With support from the Paris office of Accenture, they have developed a master plan that, if successful, will reduce total energy use in the region by 50 percent by 2050 and power all remaining energy needs by decentralized renewables. The master plan should add an average 100,000 jobs to the regional economy over the next 36 years. The plan is now being finalized and will be delivered in a ceremony of the World Forum on a Responsible Economy on October 25, 2013 in Lille.
Skip Laitner (2013)
Linking Energy Efficiency to Economic Productivity: Recommendations for Improving the Robustness of the U.S. Economy
Report American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Washington, DC
Skip Laitner, Don Hanson (2006)
Modeling Detailed Energy-Efficiency Technologies and Technology Policies within a CGE Framework
Energy Journal
Vol Special Issue
Don Hanson, Skip Laitner (2007)
Technology Policy and World Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the AMIGA Modeling System
Energy Journal
Vol Special Issue
Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Skip Laitner, editors (2010)
People-Centered Initiatives for Increasing Energy Savings
Book ACEEE Washington, D.C.
Skip Laitner, Steven Nadel, R. Neal Elliott, Harvey Sachs, and A. Siddiq Khan (2012)
The Long-Term Energy Efficient Potential: What the Evidence Suggests
ACEEE Washington, D.C.