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Research & Innovation

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Elevate advocates for change and accelerates climate action with research and innovation.

Through research, we make the case for investment in the clean energy economy by elevating our customers’ lived experiences and grounding them with local and national data, analysis, and tools.

As a program implementer working with and for communities, Elevate has a unique “on-the-ground” perspective. We collaborate with partners such as federal agencies, national labs, universities, municipalities, utilities, affordable housing providers and community organizations. These collaborations contribute to a broad range of perspectives and drive initiatives that advance equitable clean energy investments.

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Our Focus Areas and Approach

Our research and innovation leads and supports services across the organization. Many initiatives integrate multiple subject areas such as housing, transportation, health, community, and economic development.


We model the costs and emissions of building electrification and decarbonization as the grid transitions to renewable energy under different policy scenarios. We also research the impact of these changes on vulnerable populations to equitably address energy insecurity.


We research and demonstrate solutions for the causes and effects of energy insecurity, energy poverty and energy disparities. We analyze the financial, environmental and grid impacts of how and when households and buildings use energy. We’ve developed services and supporting analyses that ensure that energy efficiency and solar investments are valued in real estate transactions.


We provide data analysis, research, and convenings for water affordability and efficiency. We collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure clean, equitable and affordable water delivery and rates.


We complement our environmental health services with research and analyses to address energy, health, and environmental justice issues. Our services deliver home upgrades to improve and understand the respiratory and environmental health impacts of our built environment for people with asthma and COPD.

Our Publications

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Work With Us

We’re always interested in expanding our partnerships and developing new projects. Contact Director of Research & Innovation Rachel Scheu if you’re interested in collaborating.

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