Dr. Asa Hopkins

Principal Associate


PhD Physics, California Institute of Technology

BS Physics, Haverford College

Asa Hopkins, PhD, is an expert in the development and analysis of public policy and regulation regarding energy and greenhouse gas emissions, including cost-benefit analysis, stakeholder engagement, state energy planning, and utility planning. He has provided analysis and testimony in both legislative and regulatory contexts, including state utility regulation and state and federal rulemaking.

As the Director of Energy Policy and Planning at the Vermont Department of Public Service, Dr. Hopkins was responsible for development and analysis of state policy regarding renewable energy, ratepayer-funded energy efficiency, energy-related economic development, and innovative utility rates and programs. He was responsible for developing the state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan, reviewing utility integrated resource plans, and directing the actions of the Planning and Energy Resources Division. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials. During his tenure, Vermont rose in the rankings on national clean energy state scorecards.

Prior to 2011, Dr. Hopkins was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role, he managed stakeholder engagement for and the overall project flow of DOE’s first Quadrennial Technology Review. Dr. Hopkins came to DOE from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he worked on economic and market analysis of appliance energy efficiency standards.

Dr. Hopkins holds a B.S. in Physics from Haverford College and a Masters and PhD in Physics from California Institute of Technology.