Annual Report



We are pleased to report that this year marks the completion of our faculty hiring campaign to bring three Presidential Distinguished Professors of Energy Policy to Penn. This summer, we welcomed energy policy and justice scholar Sanya Carley, who joined energy law scholar Shelley Welton and carbon management scholar Jennifer Wilcox (currently serving at the Department of Energy).

These three extraordinary colleagues provide the depth of expertise envisioned by our generous donors and the University of Pennsylvania—who, years ago, made a commitment to bring top energy policy scholars to Penn. With primary appointments in the Schools of Engineering, Law, and Design, these faculty demonstrate the many disciplines demanded by the complex challenges of the energy transition.

As the Kleinman Center moves into a new academic year, we look forward to supporting the work of Penn faculty, as well as our grant recipients, visiting scholars, and senior fellows. We’ll accomplish this while also cultivating student research opportunities, coursework, internships, seminars, and more. Ultimately, all of our work and programming is committed to creating the conditions for policy innovation that supports a just and efficient transition to sustainable energy.

We firmly believe that solutions to today’s most significant challenges, like climate change, are grounded in a reimagined energy system that can only be realized on a strong foundation of advanced energy policy research.

We hope you will join us.


Mark Alan Hughes
Faculty Director, Kleinman Center

Cory Colijn
Executive Director, Kleinman Center

2022-2023 Highlights

Welcome, Sanya Carley

This year, we hired our third Kleinman Center faculty member: Sanya Carley, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Energy Policy and City Planning. As our spring visiting scholar, Carley had an early introduction to Penn students and faculty with a week-long visit and public lecture. Carley will teach her first Kleinman Center class this spring. We look forward to her ongoing research in the field of energy justice.

The Prospects for Pennsylvania as a RGGI Member

Research by the Kleinman Center and Resources for the Future found that by joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Pennsylvania could reduce its emissions, generate additional revenue, and see minimal to no impact on electricity rates. Researchers disseminated these findings to media and policymakers.

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Energy Week at Penn

Energy Week at Penn gathers industry leaders, researchers, and students for a full week of energy programing. This annual event creates valuable connections, inspires conversations, and grows our shared commitment to drive positive change in the energy sector.

Student-focused programming was a key part of Energy Week 2023, with a student poster session, networking coffee chats, lightning talks, an alumni panel, and more.

Kudos for opening these Energy Week events to the public. I love the energy sector and appreciate every single opportunity to interact with students and other professionals who feel the same way.
Carol Obando-Derstine
Design Supervisor in Data Governance, PPL Electric Utilities

Celebrating Faculty Research

Welton’s First Year at Penn

Shelley Welton, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Law and Energy Policy, kicked off her first year at Penn with major accomplishments. In addition to teaching our Introduction to Energy Policy class, she also released a co-authored casebook on the law of networks, platforms, and utilities (NPU). The book explains how the tools of NPU law can help sectors—like the energy sector—address some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Welton also published an article in the Yale Law Journal on net zero, won the Morrison Prize for a co-authored piece on grid reliability and clean energy, and hosted the first annual Berkeley-Penn Energy Law Scholars workshop.

This is the book I’ve been waiting for!
Maria Stamas
Energy justice lawyer on Shelley Welton’s new book

1.5 Degree Climate Lecture

During Penn’s Climate Week, Shelley Welton and other professors and leaders from across the university united in a series of 1.5 Minute Climate Lectures to sound the alarm about the climate emergency.

The Clean Energy Conversions Lab

Carbon capture research grew even stronger this year at Penn’s Clean Energy Conversions Lab. In the fall, Research Assistant Professor Pete Psarras, who currently oversees the work of the lab, headed west with members of his research team to Utah and Nevada to explore on-the-ground possibilities for several carbon storage solutions, including direct air capture systems supported by geothermal energy, as well as storing carbon in mine tailings.

Turning Carbon Emissions into Rocks

Open-pit mines generate millions of tons of waste each year. Researchers in the Clean Energy Conversions Lab are working on technologies that could turn this waste into carbon-storing rocks, potentially keeping a substantial amount of CO2 out of the atmosphere.


Published Digests and Reports

Millions of Americans struggle to pay their energy bills and avoid being disconnected from their energy services. This digest evaluates the incidence and implications of such for low-income families during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wholesale electricity and justice are not terms often joined together. While it can be difficult to trace the consequences of federal decisions to their localized impacts, it can and should be done. Explore some targeted recommendations.
While the proliferation of net-zero targets represents progress toward reaching our global climate goals, targets vary enormously in quality. This report proposes four governance tools to steer net-zero targets toward higher integrity.
We’ve made great progress in reducing vehicle emissions in the United States, but new-car standards don’t address the dirtiest polluters: old cars. Fiscal policies targeting used vehicles could help.
Farmland is attractive for utility-scale solar because of the large land parcels needed. This study reviewed how zoning has been used to approve or deny solar projects on farmland.
Bikeshare is historically thought to be used by white, middle-class populations. This digest looks at bikeshare use patterns during the Covid-19 pandemic and finds substantially increased use among more diverse populations.
In vast arid and semi-arid regions of the world, the meltwater originating from the cryosphere represents a life-sustaining water source. One adaptive strategy, transferred from the Indian Himalayas to the Chilean Andes, may help alleviate glacier loss and drought.
This joint research shows that RGGI could help Pennsylvania reduce its emissions, generate additional revenue, and see minimal to no impact on electricity rates.
Aging energy systems in affordable multi-family homes contribute to pervasive energy insecurity. Using and tailoring the C-PACE financing mechanism can help.
Compressed or liquefied hydrogen has many attractive properties as a store of carbon-free energy, but experts suggest that using ammonia as a temporary vector for hydrogen will be needed to overcome hydrogen’s challenges.
One-third of the world’s population lacks access to clean cooking and approximately 733 million people have no access to electricity. A global transition to sustainable energy cannot be achieved unless women are equally included as leaders, partners, and beneficiaries.

Center Staff Research

Measuring Reach

Media Mentions

Highlights include NPR, Philadelphia Inquirer, and E&E News

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We were excited to welcome scholars back to Penn’s campus, where they met with students and colleagues and gave public lectures.

2022-2023 Visitors

Sanya Carley

Faculty Director

Meredith Fowlie

Class of 1935 Endowed Chair in Energy, UC Berkeley

Nikki Luke

Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Shuchi Talati

Founder, The Alliance for Just DSG

2022-2023 Grant Recipents

Each year, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy awards grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support new research or supplement existing research in energy and climate policy.

Susanna Berkouwer

Assistant Professor of Business Economics & Public Policy

Bing-yu Chiu

Doctoral Candidate

Christian Kaps

Doctoral Candidate

Kristina Lyons

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Serguei Netessine

Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, Wharton

Bethany Wiggin

Professor of German

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Student Research

Student research plays an important role in our broader policy research agenda. By engaging students in research, we not only foster a culture of curiosity and critical thinking but also tap into a valuable source of fresh perspectives and innovative ideas.


This year, we launched Spark—our first research magazine curated by students for students. The articles in this magazine explore a wide range of ambitious technical and policy solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the future of energy. The authors delve into cutting-edge technical solutions such as green hydrogen, solar fuels and distributed carbon ledgers, alongside policy strategies that question fundamental assumptions about money and finance.

Student Offerings

Student Council

Meet the Kleinman Center Student Council. The group helps give input on the center’s programming—weighing in on things from student publications to visiting scholar lectures.

Sage Basri

Student Advisory Council Member

Julian Brubaker

Student Advisory Council Member

Sean Deresh

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Emma Glasser

Student Advisory Council Member

Adam Goudjil

Student Advisory Council Member

Alina Ho

Student Advisory Council Member

Lindsey Hover

Student Advisory Council Member

Walter Johnsen

Student Advisory Council Member

Caroline Magdolen

Student Advisory Council Member

Maxwell Pisciotta

Student Advisory Council Member

Angela Sun

Student Advisory Council Member

Katherine Vaz Gomes

Student Advisory Council Member

Sam Wong

Student Advisory Council Member

Ha-Nam Yoon

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Expanding our Curriculum

A new collaborative course this year, Societal Grand Challenges, co-taught by faculty from the Kleinman Center, Weitzman School, and School of Engineering and Applied Science, used societal grand challenges as scenarios for identifying repeatable, process-oriented best practices for solving complex, systemic problems in the energy transition. The course brought together students from both policy and STEM backgrounds. It also provided an opportunity to learn from one another and build a holistic understanding of the technical and policy dimensions of the energy transition and the global response to climate change and environmental degradation.

Blog Competition

Undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to get published in our third-annual student blog competition.  The insights explore personal stories—from literature that energizes climate action to family members who inspire sustainable living.

FIRST PLACE — Caroline Magdolen looks at how a work of science fiction highlights just how precarious our world is becoming and inspires optimism about our energy future.
SECOND PLACE — Chris Quattro reflects on why our renewable future needs people of all ages and backgrounds to act and use their resources, space, and platforms to enact change.
THIRD PLACE — Emma Glasser looks at how Thea Riofrancos changed a student’s perspective on a just energy future.

Global Philadelphia Mural Unveiling

Undergraduate Seminar

This year’s spring seminar drew in 14 student fellows for bi-weekly sessions with scholars across campus. Students enjoyed lunchtime presentations and discussions on the latest topics in energy policy, including: adaptive design, environmental justice, environmental risk management, and renewable energy and storage.

Enzo Bergamo

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Joshua Chertok

Student Advisory Council Member

Christian Daebritz

Student Advisory Council Member

Derek He

2023 Kleinman Apollo Fellow

Lotus Kaufman

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Linda Lin

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Bianca Montañez

Student Advisory Council Member

Dhruva Nistane

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Julia Pampush

Student Advisory Council Member

Annabelle Paradise

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Bronwyn Patterson

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Yajjat Sekhsaria

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

James Tonrey

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Andrea Yang

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow

Laura Lee Ru Ye

Student Advisory Council Member

Convening Experts


Penn faculty, researchers, and students attended the UN’s annual climate conference—this year in Egypt—where they presented research, and participated in events and critical discussions.

Organized by the Kleinman Center, scholars from Penn made an impact in last year’s United Nations climate change conference, COP27. The Penn delegation contributed to both the negotiations, including significant work on loss and damage, led by Michael Weisberg and Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and a series of events at its perimeter, called the “blue zone.” Penn supported a class of law students who were able to attend and learn from the proceedings. Our podcast Energy Policy Now was also on the ground for a mini-series of COP27 interviews. Delegates provided commentary for The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Kleinman Center website.

Insights and Podcasts
Published by the Penn delegation
It’s a testament to our broad expertise on climate change that so many from Penn could share their knowledge and insights in front of an international audience of this caliber. This type of engagement is crucial to finding solutions to one of the biggest challenges we face today.
Liz Magill
President, University of Pennsylvania

Public Events

Both in person and in the virtual world, we delivered events on topics from geoengineering to energy insecurity.

Pete Psarras explores challenges and opportunities in carbon management and shares a new picture of deployment.
Explore how carbon removal and solar geoengineering technologies might evolve while breaking away from unjust mechanisms.
Visiting Scholar Meredith Fowlie explores if regulatory regimes are up to the task of coordinating an efficient and equitable climate transition.
Explore how the pandemic impacted those facing energy insecurity and how successful temporary protections have been at lightening the burden.
Visiting Scholar Nikki Luke chronicles how subsidized worker training programs in the South grew a workforce of laborers in utilities, energy efficiency, and solar panel manufacturing.
Two panels look at Russia’s strategy of wartime energy weaponization through the lens of its long-term trend of using energy as a weapon.
Explore the role of higher education institutions in advancing decarbonization efforts in the context of their communities.
Accomplished alumni working in the field of energy share insights for preparing for a successful entrance into the energy sector.
Hear presentations on energy research from Penn graduate and undergraduate students from across campus.
How can we increase production as we simultaneously reduce emissions?
A discussion about debunking myths around climate change and exploring how climate activists have used their platforms and actions to mobilize.
Explore the questions surrounding solar geoengineering with a panel with diverse views and backgrounds on the topic.

Energy Policy Now

In its seventh season, Energy Policy Now covered timely energy topics on everything from grid reliability to scaling green hydrogen.

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Berkeley economist and Visiting Scholar Meredith Fowlie explains why the drive to electrify everything in American homes is at odds with electricity rate-setting practices and explores pricing reforms to deliver rapid and equitable electrification.

Easily the best podcast I’ve listened to this year!
James Hewett
Manager, Policy and Advocacy at Breakthrough Energy

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Our Team

Advisory Board

Paul Bonney

Former Senior Vice President, Exelon

Mark Brownstein

Senior Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund

Emily Duncan

Senior VP of Federal Affairs, American Electric Power

Scott Kleinman

Co-President, Apollo Global Management

Ken Kulak

Partner, Morgan Lewis

Sonny Popowsky

Former Consumer Advocate of Pennsylvania

John Quigley

Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center

Marvin Schlanger

Former Chairman of the Board, UGI Corporation

Frederick Steiner

Dean, Stuart Weitzman School of Design


Scott Kleinman

Co-President, Apollo Global Management

Carl Goldsmith

Founding Partner, Beach Point Capital Management

Steven Lefkowitz

Founding Partner, Sagewind Capital LLC

Eric Gribetz

Managing Partner, Stonecourt Capital

Staff and Affiliates

Bill Cohen

Center Coordinator

Cornelia Colijn

Executive Director

Lucy Corlett

Research Associate

Mark Alan Hughes

Director Emeritus

Walter Johnsen

Student Advisory Council Member

Michael Mann

Presidential Distinguished Professor

Eliza Nobles

New York Energy Futures

Angela Pachon

Special Advisor

R. Jisung Park

Assistant Professor

Nicholas Pevzner

Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

Peter Psarras

Research Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
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Nicholaus Rohleder

Former Podcast Editorial Assistant

Lindsey Samahon

Communications Director

Benjamin Schmitt

Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center and SAS

Oscar Serpell

Associate Director of Academic Programming

Mollie Simon

Senior Communications Specialist

Andy Stone

Energy Policy Now Host and Producer

Kimberle Szczurowski

Financial Administrative Coordinator

Arthur van Benthem

Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

Steve Viscelli

Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Shelley Welton

Presidential Distinguished Professor

Jennifer Wilcox

Presidential Distinguished Professor


Welcoming Shelley Welton • Net Zero Nevada Report • COP26 • Carnot Prize: Nicholas Stern

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Clean Energy Conversions Lab • Explainer Video • Virtual Engagement • Carnot Prize: Sheila Oparaocha

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First Faculty Hire: Jennifer Wilcox • First Energy Week at Penn • Carnot Prize: Cheryl LaFleur • COVID-19 Response

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$30 Million Renewal Gift • Carnot Prize India: Piyush Goyal • Philadelphia Refinery Report

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Kleinman at Home & Abroad • Carnot Prize: Gina McCarthy • Advisory Board Growth

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Energy Policy Now Podcast Launch • Carnot Prize: Fatih Birol • First IEA Summer Fellow

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Fisher Fine Arts Renovation • First Carnot Prize: Daniel Yergin • New Programming

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$10 Million Gift • Center Opening • Vision & Plan • New Research & Programs

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