Clean Energy Program

About the Program

The U.S. energy system today is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and health-damaging air pollutants, and has other widespread environmental impacts, many of which disproportionately burden vulnerable communities. Reducing these impacts will require a significant shift towards renewable energy resources such as wind and solar to power the electricity sector, electrification of direct fuel end-uses such as transportation and home heating and cooling, and a rapid increase in the energy efficiency across all sectors.

The Clean Energy Program’s work focuses on both the development of pathways to a high renewable energy future as well as analysis of the health, environment and equity impacts of our current energy system and of the transition. Together, these efforts allow us to develop approaches to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector while simultaneously achieving health, environment equity and resilience co-benefits.

RECENT WORK

Stay tuned for more information on our specific research projects in the Clean Energy program. We will be adding information as we build out our brand new website. Below are selected highlights from our latest work.

Related Work

Research Briefs October 18, 2017

Wind Energy in New York State

Elena Krieger, PhD

Technical Reports October 3, 2017

A Clean Energy Pathway for New Jersey

Elena Krieger, PhD, Boris Lukanov, PhD

Technology Briefs July 31, 2017

Heat Pumps and Their Role in a Clean Energy System

Boris Lukanov, PhD

Research Briefs April 25, 2017

Natural gas power plants in California’s disadvantaged communities

California's power plants are disproportionately located near communities with high cumulative socioeconomic and environmental burdens. By applying the environmental justice screening tool CalEnviroScreen 3.0, we find that half of California's natural gas power plants are located in communities.

Elena Krieger, PhD

Presentations March 1, 2017

Energy Transformation Framework for New York State

Elena Krieger, PhD, Jerry Acton, MS, Anthony Ingraffea, PhD, PE

Presentations November 2, 2016

Webinar: Improving Air Quality with Energy Storage

Elena Krieger, PhD, Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH

Science Summaries August 1, 2016

Energy storage technologies and grid applications

Elena Krieger, PhD

Technical Reports July 14, 2016

The Clean Power Plan in Ohio: Analyzing power generation for health and equity

Elena Krieger, PhD, Ana McPhail, PhD, Eliza Czolowski, MPS, Jake Hays, MA, Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH

Technical Reports July 14, 2016

The Clean Power Plan in Pennsylvania: Analyzing power generation for health and equity

PSE Healthy Energy, in partnership with NextGen Climate America, has produced "Our Air: Health And Equity Impacts Of Pennsylvania's Power Plants". These reports examine the health and equity impacts of fossil

Elena Krieger, PhD, Ana McPhail, PhD, Eliza Czolowski, MPS, Jake Hays, MA, Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH