Researching energy, climate, and innovation policy

The Chan Lab is the research group housed at the University of Minnesota's Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy dedicated to academic research and policy engagement on energy, climate, and innovation policy. The Chan Lab is directed by Assistant Professor Gabe Chan and takes on projects at the local, national, and international levels that align with the Lab's mission to apply the most relevant research methodologies to real-world public issues, simultaneously advancing knowledge and practice.  Across the Lab's work, issues of social justice and equity frame the questions we ask and the projects we take on.


Featured Publication

Barriers and Opportunities for Distributed Energy Resources in Minnesota’s Municipal Utilities and Electric Cooperatives

by Gabriel Chan, Stephanie Lenhart, Lindsey Forsberg, Matthew Grimley, and Elizabeth Wilson


This report summarizes our findings from a two-year research project to investigate the landscape of Minnesota’s municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives. Our focus is on how these utilities are confronting new challenges and opportunities emerging from smaller-scale, often-more sustainable distributed energy resources, such as rooftop solar, community shared solar, LED light bulbs, controllable water heaters, and electric vehicles.

Read the full report and the two-page brief →

Meet Gabe

Dr. Gabe Chan is the Principal Investigator of the Chan Lab and Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Learn More →


Meet the Team

The Chan Lab brings together graduate student and post-doctoral researchers from the University of Minnesota and collaborates with researchers from around the world.

Learn More →


Get in touch with us to hear about our work in progress, inquire about collaborating with our team, or engage on your organization's challenges: