Senior Policy Analyst



Elise Gout

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Elise Gout is a senior policy analyst for the Energy and Environment department at the Center for American Progress, focusing on climate policy. Prior to joining American Progress, Gout worked as a government contractor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she primarily supported projects related to climate resilience, energy efficiency, and water quality and security. She has also researched the impact of extreme weather on vulnerable populations through her time at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Earth Institute, where she continues to work as a contributing writer for the online publication, “The State of the Planet.” She is a 2022 Clean Energy Leadership Institute fellow and holds a bachelor’s degree in sustainable development with a concentration in economics from Columbia University.


A Clean Power Grid Is a Reliable Power Grid Article
A man walks his dog at sunset.

A Clean Power Grid Is a Reliable Power Grid

Decarbonizing the power sector through targeted clean energy investments will help to ensure the reliability of the U.S. electricity grid for years to come.

Elise Gout

Advancing Equity Through Grid Modernization Article
An aerial view shows electrical lines running through a neighborhood in Austin, Texas, on February 19, 2021. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

Advancing Equity Through Grid Modernization

Congress and the Biden administration must invest in modernizing the nation’s power grid to ensure all Americans have access to reliable, affordable, and pollution-free electricity.

Mikyla Reta, Elise Gout

How the Biden Administration Can Modernize Environmental Review Article
President Joe Biden speaks about climate change issues in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 27, 2021, in Washington. Biden signed several executive orders related to the climate change crisis that day. Also pictured, left to right, are Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Vice President Kamala Harris. (Getty/Anna Moneymaker-Pool)

How the Biden Administration Can Modernize Environmental Review

The Biden administration must strengthen the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act within 100 days of taking office in order to ensure that federal infrastructure investments result in an equitable and just clean energy future.

Christy Goldfuss, Elise Gout, Sally Hardin

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