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Katherine Cort

Katherine Cort

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 372-4374


Katherine Cort has been with PNNL since 1998. Prior to joining PNNL, she worked for the State of Washington and the Seattle Public Utilities as an economic analyst. She also spent a year as a research associate with the Tropical Science Center of Costa Rica, working on issues related to watershed management and sustainability.

Ms. Cort supports a variety of projects related to the assessment of energy-efficiency programs, technologies, and research. She provides technical support for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Program, and its office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation.

Ms. Cort has also conducted a number of regional socioeconomic impact analyses for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, related to the startup, re-licensing, and decommissioning of nuclear power plants. She also has worked on projects in the intelligence arena regarding economic impacts of energy management and infrastructure.

Research Interests

  • Benefit/Cost and Regulatory Analysis
  • Energy Efficiency Economics
  • Socioeconomic Analysis

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Economics, Southern Methodist University
  • M.A., Economics, University of Washington
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

PNNL Publications



  • Cort KA, JN Haack, S Katipamula, and AK Nicholls. 2016. VOLTTRON™: Tech-to-Market Best-Practices Guide for Small- to Medium-Sized Commercial BuildingsPNNL-25405, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Gilbride TL, and KA Cort. 2016. "Low-E Storm Windows Gain Acceptance as a Home Weatherization Measure ." Home Energy 33(3):12-17. 
  • Petersen JM, G Sullivan, KA Cort, CE Metzger, and M Merzouk. 2016. Evaluation of Cellular Shades in the PNNL Lab HomesPNNL-24857 Rev. 2, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Tardiff MF, GT Bonheyo, KA Cort, TW Edgar, NJ Hess, WJ Hutton, III, EA Miller, KE Nowak, CS Oehmen, EAH Purvine, GK Schenter, and PD Whitney. 2016. "Applying the Scientific Method of Cybersecurity Research." In IEEE Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 2016), May 10-11, 2016, Waltham, MA.  IEEE, PISCATAWAY, NJ.  doi:10.1109/THS.2016.7568886










  • Cort KA, DJ Hostick, DB Belzer, and OV Livingston. 2007. Modeling EERE Deployment ProgramsPNNL-17089, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Scott MJ, JA Dirks, and KA Cort. 2007. "The Value of Energy Efficiency Programs for U.S. Residential and Commercial Buildings in a Warmer World." Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 13(4):307-339.  doi:10.1007/s11027-007-9115-4


  • Belzer DB, KA Cort, DW Winiarski, and EE Richman. 2005. Analysis of Potential Benefits and Costs of Adopting a Commercial Building Energy Standard in South Dakota PNNL-15101, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Scott MJ, JA Dirks, and KA Cort. 2005. "The Adaptive Value of Energy Efficiency Programs in a Warmer World." In Reducing Uncertainty Through Evaluation: 2005 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, pp. 671-682.  International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Madison, WI. 
  • Scott MJ, JA Jaksch, and KA Cort. 2005. "A Ten Year Retrospective on Environmental Justice: What Have We Learned?" In Proceedings, Waste Management 2005, February 27 - March 3, 2005, Tucson, Arizona."Global Accomplishments in Environmental and Radioactive Waste Management: Cost-Effectiveness, Risk Reduction, and Technology Implementation" .  Waste Management Symposia Inc., Tuscon, AZ. 




Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas