PSE in the Media

Providing scientific perspective on energy-related issues is built into PSE’s mission. “PSE in the Media” features a selection of media coverage on our research and expert commentary. For media relations assistance, go to the Press Room.

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PSE in the Media November 30, 2023

Sacramento’s Mexican restaurants are considering switching to electric cooking. Here’s why

“There are lots of leaks, but also, when you turn on the stove, hear that ‘click click click,’ and you smell gas, most of that gas is unburned methane,” said lead author Eric Lebel, now a senior scientist at Oakland-based PSE Healthy Energy.

The Sacramento Bee

PSE in the Media September 24, 2023

Public health costs of oil, natural gas drilling

The study revealed in 2016 oil and gas air pollution in Ohio caused 349 early deaths and exacerbated asthma in 15,500 Ohio children. There are 152,000 Ohio children living with asthma, meaning methane pollution negatively touches more than one in ten of our youngest residents.

The Vindicator

PSE in the Media September 15, 2023

A new report reveals the unexpected home appliance that’s causing major health problems — and it’s not just gas stoves

And according to Drew Michanowicz, a scientist at research institute PSE Healthy Energy, all samples of natural gas contain “a small suite of hazardous air pollutants that clearly we would not want to be exposed to.

Yahoo News

PSE in the Media September 14, 2023

Utilities in New Hampshire unexpectedly back solar net metering

In a sharp turnaround from their previous stance, Eversource, Unitil and Liberty Utilities testified in support of keeping the state’s net-metering incentive intact.

Canary Media

PSE in the Media September 6, 2023

In unexpected move, New Hampshire utilities voice support for solar net metering

Eversource, Unitil, and Liberty Utilities say the state’s net metering policy is balanced and effective, and that there’s no evidence of unjustified cost-shifting to customers without solar panels.

Energy News Network

PSE in the Media August 24, 2023

California group exploring viability of a community-centered direct air capture hub

A team co-led by Berkeley Lab is studying the possibility of an air capture hub that uses multiple decarbonizing technologies and prioritizes needs of surrounding communities.


PSE in the Media August 23, 2023

Here’s where California’s power grid is most at risk for high winds and fire threat

After years of study and debate, electrical utilities are shutting off power to high-risk areas across California during high heat and wind events. The Public Safety Power Shutoffs are being implemented but there is concern for the few who rely on electricity to survive around the clock.


PSE in the Media August 23, 2023

Here’s where the California power grid is most at risk from high winds and fires.

Power cuts for public safety are being implemented, but there are concerns about the few people who depend on electricity to survive around the clock. Some areas of the state experience longer and more frequent power outages than many others.


PSE in the Media August 18, 2023

California can’t find its checkbook for offshore wind

California has pinned its clean energy future to offshore wind, setting in motion what’s likely a decade-long domino chain of planning, permitting and building that needs to fall just right for the effort to succeed.


PSE in the Media August 9, 2023

Natural gas odorants associated with consistent pattern of adverse health symptoms

The literature review Natural Gas Odorants: A Scoping Review of Health Effects examined 22 research articles related to the health hazards, risks, and impacts of five commonly-used natural gas odorants.


PSE in the Media August 9, 2023

Electric Vehicles Are Better For People & The Planet

“Our study is the first to thoroughly identify that there is a benzene hazard associated with abandoned wells,” said the lead author, Seth Shonkoff, the executive director of the research institute, PSE Healthy Energy.


PSE in the Media August 9, 2023

Study: Natural Gas Odorants Linked to Skin Rashes

“Our sense of smell is the first line of defense in detecting gas leaks, but few studies have examined how odorants in gas may adversely affect our health or well-being,” says the review’s lead author PSE Healthy Energy Senior Scientist Drew Michanowicz, in a news release.

Practical Dermatology