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.


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 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 Pennsylvania and 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

Our Air: Health and equity impacts of Pennsylvania’s power plants

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

Peer-Reviewed Publications July 7, 2016

A framework for siting and dispatch of emerging energy resources to realize environmental health benefits

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

Press Release June 29, 2016

PSE Responds to New Energy and Climate Commitments, Methane Regs

Executive Director Seth Shonkoff responds to energy policy announcement by North American leaders

Daisy Pistey-Lyhne

Technical Reports June 22, 2016

The impact of methane leakage on achieving Clean Power Plan targets

The study found that increased deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency is the best way to meet or even exceed the emission reduction targets for 2030.

Elena Krieger, PhD

PSE in the Media August 26, 2015

Krieger & Shonkoff: Strong methane rule required to fully realize Clean Power Plan benefits

PSE Healthy Energy outlines the important science behind the need for a strengthened EPA Methane Pollution Standard in order to achieve the Administration's greenhouse gas reduction goals in the Clean Power Plan.

The Hill