PSE Energy Quarterly is the newsletter of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, a nonprofit research institute dedicated to supplying evidence-based scientific and technical information on the public health, environmental, and climate dimensions of energy production and use.
A recent Q&A with PSE Director of Research Dr. Elena Krieger described how PSE’s interdisciplinary research helps answer the diverse questions of policymakers and community groups – with the goal of empowering them to create improved, data-driven energy policies. Read the news story.
Oil Development and Human Health in Los Angeles PSE’s Executive Director Dr. Seth Shonkoff and Senior Scientist Lee Ann Hill published two reports that discussed the health hazards, risks, and impacts of oil and gas development in the City of Los Angeles. These reports were commissioned by the City of Los Angeles Office of Petroleum and Natural Gas Administration and Safety to support data-driven decision making. They summarized the findings of peer-reviewed studies on health and oil and gas development and conducted a chemical hazard analysis of oil and gas operations in the Los Angeles area. Read the reports.
Risks to Groundwater Resources The Groundwater Protection Council hosted the 2019 Annual Forum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where PSE Senior Scientist Dr. Dominic DiGiulio presented on the risk posed to groundwater resources by the disposal of oil and gas wastewater into unlined impoundments. Read the presentation.
Richmond Air Quality Community Summit At the Path to Clean Air Community Summit, PSE Senior Scientists Dr. Boris Lukanov and Lee Ann Hill answered questions and shared information about the Richmond Air Monitoring Network. This community outreach was part of PSE’s efforts to collect real-time air quality measurements throughout Richmond-San Pablo, a community with disproportionately high air pollution and vulnerable populations. Read about the Richmond Air Monitoring Network.
Trends of Residential Photovoltaic Adoption Dr. Boris Lukanov presented the findings of this peer-reviewed study to an international audience at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference, which has the mission of accelerating our transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future. He described the demographic and socioeconomic trends of residential solar photovoltaic adoption in California. Read about the study.
PSE in the News
- Solar Energy Equity California could have helped its low-income residents weather PG&E blackouts — that was the take-home message of a news story in High Country News featuring Dr. Boris Lukanov. Read the news story.
- Urban Air Quality Monitoring In a recent invited blog post, Dr. Boris Lukanov and Lee Ann Hill explained how the deployment of new low-cost air-quality sensors are enabling community-scale focused projects and supporting targeted policy efforts to improve local air quality in California. Read the blog post.