Michael Craig

Assistant Professor in Energy Systems


PhD, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University (2017)
MS, Technology and Policy Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014)
BA, Environmental Studies (Ecology), Washington University in St. Louis (2010)

(734) 647-1723
3010 Dana


He primarily researches how to reduce global and local environmental impacts of electric power and other energy systems. Much of his prior work has quantified the decarbonization potential of new technologies, such as rooftop solar, grid-scale batteries, and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). He focuses on system-level analysis to understand the deployment potential and operations of new technologies given the constraints and features of the larger system in which they are embedded. Through system analyses, his research also illuminates how the operations and evolution of energy systems respond to new technologies and other factors, e.g. nonstationary environmental conditions induced by climate change. Much of Michael’s research is interdisciplinary in nature, so involves collaborations with economists, climate scientists, and others. Future research interests include CCS deployment pathways, emission impacts of grid-scale batteries in future power systems, net-zero and negative emission systems, and optimal near-term decisions given uncertainty in long-term decarbonization pathways.


Decarbonization of energy systems; power system optimization; markets, laws, and regulations governing energy systems; net-zero and negative emission systems; grid-scale energy storage; carbon capture and sequestration; climate change impacts on power systems


Bertucci Fellowship, CMU (2016-2017)
Fellow, Steinbrenner Institute, CMU (2015-2016)
Dean’s Fellow, CMU (2015-2016)
ARCS Scholar, CMU (2014-present)
Science and Engineering Ambassador, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering (2015-2017)

Select publications: 

1) Craig, M.T., and W.B. Jacobs. 2018. Legal pathways to widespread carbon capture and sequestration. Environmental Law Reporter 47: 11022-11047. https://elr.info/news-analysis/47/11022/legal-pathways-widespread-carbon-capture-and-sequestration
2) Craig, M.T., P. Jaramillo, and B.-M. Hodge. 2018. Carbon dioxide emissions effects of grid-scale electricity storage in a decarbonizing power system. Environmental Research Letters 13. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa9a78/meta
3) Craig, M.T., I.L. Carreño, M. Rossol, B.-M. Hodge, and C. Brancucci. 2019. Effects on power system operations of potential changes in wind and solar generation potential under climate change. Environmental Research Letters 14. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaf93b/meta
4) Craig, M.T., J. Zhao, G. Schneider, A. Schneider, W. Sterling, and G. Stark. 2019. Net revenue and downstream flow impact trade-offs for a network of small-scale hydropower facilities in California. Environmental Research Communications 1. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/2515-7620/aafd62
5) Craig, M.T., P. Jaramillo, H. Zhai, and K. Klima. 2017. The economic merits of flexible carbon capture and sequestration as a compliance strategy with the Clean Power Plan. Environ. Sci. Technol. 51: 1102-1109. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.6b03652
6) Craig, M.T., P. Jaramillo, B.-M. Hodge, N.J. Williams, and E. Severnini. 2018. A retrospective analysis of the market price response to distributed photovoltaic generation in California. Energy Policy 121: 394-403. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421518303781

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