ACEP Welcomes Gratia Rowell

Gratia Rowell joins ACEP to work on policy research. Photo by Ellie Hardwick.
Photo by Ellie Hardwick.
Gratia Rowell joins ACEP to work on policy research.

March 20, 2023
By Yuri Bult-Ito

Gratia Rowell joined ACEP in January as a research assistant to work on the Reducing Fuel Oil Consumption in Rural Arctic Communities project, funded by NSF and led by ACEP’s Dominique Pride, Steve Colt and Jeremy VanderMeer. She will be working on policy research that evaluates possible impacts of the power cost equalization program on renewable energy in rural Arctic villages. Rowell has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Simmons University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at UAA. With interests in energy policy and regulation, she is excited to work on the project and learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency in Arctic communities. Rowell grew up on a small dairy farm in the Northeast Kingdom, the northeast corner of the state of Vermont. Bordered on the east by the Connecticut River and on the west by the Green Mountains (encompassing about 20 percent of the state), her experience in these surroundings sparked her interest in environmental regulation and policy.

Since her move to Alaska in 2021, Rowell has been enjoying the outdoors with activities such as biking and cross-country skiing as well as gardening in her free time.