Elena Krieger, PhD, is the director of research at PSE Healthy Energy, where she oversees the organization’s scientific research efforts. Dr. Krieger joined PSE in 2013 to launch the organization’s work on clean energy. Her research focuses on accelerating the transition to clean and renewable energy resources, and developing transition pathways that realize health, environmental, equity, and resilience co-benefits. Her recent work includes analyzing the integration of energy storage and other distributed energy resources to reduce greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions and increase resilience and clean energy access for underserved communities. She has characterized operational, emissions, health, air quality, and environmental justice measures for power plants across the country, including analysis on opportunities to replace peaker power plants with energy storage. Dr. Krieger has authored numerous peer-reviewed and technical reports, developed interactive data visualization tools, provided expert testimony, and served on technical and scientific advisory panels
Dr. Krieger received her PhD from the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, where her research focused on optimizing energy storage in renewable energy systems. She currently serves on the California Energy Commission’s Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group, the board of the CEE Partnership, and is a member of the 2021 Cohort of New Voices in the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Krieger holds an AB in Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics from Harvard University.
PEER-REVIEWED AND TECHNICAL REPORTS:
- Makhijani, A., Kinkhabwala. Y, J. Jaeger, Bilsback, K. R., Hill, L.L, Peltier. L, Lukanov. B, Krieger, E.M. Energy Affordability in Maryland: Integrating Public Health, Equity, and Climate, (2023). PSE Healthy Energy and IEER.
- Pacyniak, J.D., A. Ruiz, S. Sanchez-Youngman, Krieger, E.M. Climate, Health, and Equity Implications of Large Facility Pollution Sources in New Mexico (2023) PSE Healthy Energy and University of New Mexico.
- Krieger, E. M. Prepared by PSE Healthy Energy for Environmental Entrepreneurs, (2022) Billion Dollar Losses, Trillion Dollar Threats: The Cost of Climate Change.
- M.J. Martin, S.J. Diem, D.M.A. Karwat, Krieger, E.M., C.C. Rittschof, B. Bayon, M. Aghaz- adeh, O. Asensio, T.J. Zeilkova, M. Garcia-Cazarin, et al. (2022) The climate is changing. Engineering education needs to change as well. Journal of Engineering Education
- Moddemeyer, S., Emrich, C., Jones, E. C., Krieger, E. M., Mcallister, T., Rose, A., Swann, S. (2022). Equitable and Resilient Infrastructure Investments. The National Academies Press.
- Bilsback, K. R., Krieger, E. M., Lukanov, B., Shetty, K., Smith, A. (2022). Incorporating Health and Equity Metrics into the Minnesota Power 2021 Integrated Resource Plan. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Lukanov, B., Makhijani, A., Shetty, K., Kinkhabwala, Y., Smith, A., Krieger, E. M. (2022). Pathways to Energy Affordability in Colorado. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Michanowicz, D., Lebel, E., Domen, J.K., Hill, L.A., Jaeger, J., Schiff, J., Krieger, E. M., Zoya, Goldman, J.S.W., Nordgaard, C., B., Shonkoff, S.B.C. (2021) Methane and Health-Damaging Air Pollutants From the Oil and Gas Sector: Bridging 10 Years of Scientific Understanding. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Krieger, E. M., Lukanov, B., McPhail, A., Smith, A., Dillon, A. (2021). Equity-Focused Climate Strategies for New Mexico. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Krieger, E. M., Lukanov, B., McPhail, A., Smith, A., Dillon, A. (2021). Equity-Focused Climate Strategies for Nevada. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Krieger, E. M., Lukanov, B., McPhail, A., Smith, A., Dillon, A. (2020). Equity-Focused Climate Strategies for Colorado. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Krieger, E. M., McPhail, A., Blythe, R. (2020). Energy Storage Peaker Plant Replacement Project: Technical and Policy Documentation. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Hill, L. L., Blythe R., Krieger, E. M., Smith, A., McPhail, A., Shonkoff S.B.C. (2020). The Public Health Dimensions of California Wildfire and Wildfire Prevention, Mitigation and Suppression. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Lukanov, B. and Krieger, E. M. (2019). Distributed Solar and Environmental Justice: Exploring the Demographic and Socioeconomic Trends of Residential PV Adoption in California Energy Policy, Volume 134.
- Krieger, E. M., and Czolowski, E. (2018). The Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Buildout in New York. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Krieger, E. M., Makhijani, A., Lukanov, B., and Ramana, M. V. (2017). A Clean Energy Pathway for New Jersey. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Krieger, E. M., McPhail, A., Millstein, D., Shehabi, A., Czolowski, E., Hays, J., Casey, J., and Shonkoff, S. B. C. (2016). The Clean Power Plan in Ohio: Analyzing Power Generation for Health and Equity. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Krieger, E. M., McPhail, A., Millstein, D., Shehabi, A., Czolowski, E., Hays, J., Casey, J., and Shonkoff, S. B. C. (2016). The Clean Power Plan in Pennsylvania: Analyzing Power Generation for Health and Equity. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Shonkoff, S. B. C., Hays, J., Hill, L. L., Krieger, E. M., Hughes, D., Hosang, N., and Law, A. (2016). Trump: renewables for self-sufficiency. Nature, 540(7633):341-341.
- Krieger, E. M., Casey, J. A., and Shonkoff, S. B. C. (2016). A Framework for Siting and Dispatch of Emerging Energy Resources to Realize Environmental and Health Benefits: Case Study on Peaker Power Plant Displacement. Energy Policy, 96:302-313.
- Hausfather, Z. and Krieger, E. M. (2016). The Impact of Methane Leakage on Achieving Clean Power Plan Targets. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Krieger, E. M. (2014). State of Renewables: U.S. and State-Level Renewable Energy Adoption Rates: 2008-2013. PSE Healthy Energy.
- Krieger, E. M., Cannarella, J., and Arnold, C. B. (2013). A Comparison of Lead-Acid and Lithium-Based Battery Behavior and Capacity Fade in Off-Grid Renewable Charging Applications. Energy, 60:492–500.
- Krieger, E. M. and Arnold, C. B. (2012). Effects of Undercharge and Internal Loss on the Rate Dependence of Battery Charge Storage Efficiency. J. Power Sources, 210:286–291.