Portrait of Gabe Chan
Associate Professor
161 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Areas of Expertise
Science and technology; sustainable development; energy and environment; climate change


    Gabe Chan is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) area. Gabe's research examines policies to stimulate innovation in energy technologies and mitigate global climate change in the United States, China, and internationally. Gabe's research blends economic methods and theory with a broader set of social science and technical knowledge.


    PhD in Public Policy (Harvard University, 2015)

    BS in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)

    BS in Political Science (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)

    Chan, G., Taylor, K., Carley, S., Grimley, M., Schuster, E. & Kincaid, C. (2023). Hoosier Energy Integrated Planning Initiative: Final Report.

    Grimley, M. & Chan, G. (2023). “Cooperative is an oxymoron!”: A polycentric energy transition perspective on distributed energy deployment in the Upper Midwestern United States, Energy Policy, 172,

    Heeter, J., Xu, K., Grimley, M., Chan, G. & Dalecki, E. (2022). Status of State Community Solar Program Caps.

    Grimley, M., Shastry, V., Kânoğlu-Özkan, D. G., Blevins, E., Beck, A. L., Chan, G. & Rai (2022). The grassroots are always greener: Community-based organizations as innovators of shared solar energy in the United States, Energy Research and Social Science, 90,

    Chan, G. & Grimley, M. (21 October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2022). How two Minnesota cooperatives agreed to a new relationship to prepare for the future grid. Utility Dive:

    Carruthers, C., Edstrom, B., Levinson-Falk, A., Hoeger, H., Frank, M., Chan, G., Blevins, E., Muellman, K. & DenHerder-Thomas, T. (2022). Strategies for Equitable Energy Efficiency Program Design: A Toolkit for Two High-Priority Populations in the Twin Cities: Black Homeowners and Property Owners Renting to Latinx Households.

    Chan, G., Harrington, E. & Berger, J. (2022). Scaling Weatherization in Minnesota: Opportunities and Challenges from a Landscape Analysis and Case Study Analysis.

    Chan, G., Grimley, M., Stallman, J., Anderson, J. & Teklinski, M. (2022). Planning for Equitable Solar Deployment with Electric Cooperatives.

    Lenhart, S., Chan, G., Grimley, M. & Wilson, E. (2021). Comparing and Contrasting the Institutional Relationships, Regulatory Frameworks, and Energy System Governance of European and U.S. Electric Cooperatives. In Handbook of Energy Democracy. Routledge:

    Sun, B., Kolesnikov, S., Goldstein, A. & Chan, G. (2020). A Dynamic Approach for Identifying Technological Breakthroughs with an Application in Solar Photovoltaics, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 165,

    Matisoff, D., Beppler, Chan, G. & Carley, S. (2020). A Review of Barriers in Implementing Dynamic Electricity Pricing to Achieve Cost-Causality, Environmental Research Letters, 15,

    Lenhart, S., Chan, G., Forsberg, L., Grimley, M. & Wilson, E. (2020). Municipal Utilities and Electric Cooperatives in the United States: Interpretive Frames, Strategic Actions, and Place-Specific Transitions, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 36, 17-33

    Zhang, H., Qiu, Y., Chan, G., Wang, S., Zhou, D. & Ren, X. (2020). Solar Photovoltaic Interventions Have Reduced Rural Poverty in China, Nature Communications, 11(1969),

    Beck, A., Chan, G., Rai, V., Grimley, M., Cornwell, J., Jones, M., Shastry, V., Kanoglu, D., Blevins, E., Matos, C., Smith, K., Lee, M. & Funkhouser, E. (2020). Scaling Community Solar in Texas: Barriers, Strategies, and Roadmap.

    Chan, G., Lenhart, S., Forsberg, L., Grimley, M. & Wilson, E. (2019). Barriers and Opportunities for Distributed Energy Resources in Minnesota’s Municipal Utilities and Electric Cooperatives.

    Chan, G., Morgan, J. & Streitz, R. (2019). Solar for Humanity: Nonprofit Solar Partnerships with Habitat for Humanity.

    Chan, G., Forsberg, L. & Grimley, M. (20 December 2018). After Xcel Energy’s zero-carbon pledge, let’s make sure the public benefits. MinnPost:

    Chan, G., Stavins, R. & Zou, J. (2018). International Climate Change Policy, Annual Review of Resource Economics, 10, 335-360

    Chan, G., Grimley, M., Arnold, E., Evans, I., Herbers, J., Hoffman, M., Ihde, B., Mazumder, P., Morgan, J., Neuman, N. & Streitz, R. (2018). Community Shared Solar in Minnesota: Learning from the First 300 Megawatts.

    Huenteler, J., Tang, T., Chan, G. & Diaz Anadon, L. (2018). Why Is China’s Wind Power Generation Not Living Up to Its Potential?, Environmental Research Letters, 13(4),

    Chan, G. & Herbers, J. (30 January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2018). Solar tariffs more likely to cut than protect jobs. Star Tribune: