The OurEnergyLibrary aggregates and indexes publicly available fact sheets, journal articles, reports, studies, and other publications on U.S. energy topics. It is updated every week to include the most recent energy resources from academia, government, industry, non-profits, think tanks, and trade associations. Suggest a resource by emailing us at email@example.com.
Congress is back from the end-of-summer slowdown, and lawmakers and advocates have their sights set on getting a tax credit extension package moving through key committees with the potential for passage by the end of the year. Opportunities to advance a large package of clean energy tax credits do not come often. Depending on the scale of the legislative effort, a tax extenders package could represent this Congress’s largest opportunity to advance clean energy and reduce emissions. As policymakers weigh their options, this independent analysis examines several key energy tax credits that cover zero-emissions electricity, electric vehicles, biofuels, and carbon …View Full Resource
The International Energy Outlook presents an assessment by the U.S. Energy Information Administration of the outlook for international energy markets through 2050.…View Full Resource
While industry outlooks for natural gas and LNG demand remain buoyant, question marks surround the role of gas in deep decarbonization scenarios consistent with the Paris Agreement’s climate goals. The near-term prospects for gas seem strong, for reasons reflecting the fuel’s superior air quality attributes in comparison with coal or liquid fuels. However, the credentials of gas as a transition fuel could be undermined if flaring, venting, and fugitive methane emissions along the natural gas supply chain are not significantly addressed. In the long term, the imperative to eliminate most fossil fuel-related greenhouse gas emissions—not just those associated with coal …View Full Resource
“Clearing the Air: A Federal RD&D Initiative and Management Plan for Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies,” is a 12-month study of innovative technologies for carbon dioxide removal (CDR).
The report outlines a 10-year RD&D initiative to bring to commercial readiness innovative CDR technologies at gigaton scale, at technology-specific cost targets, with minimal ecological impacts.…View Full Resource
This report assesses global progress in 2019 toward reducing black carbon emissions from diesel on-road light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles. As of July 2019, 39 countries have implemented “soot-free” standards for new heavy-duty diesel engines that achieve a 99% or greater reduction in black carbon emissions compared with older-technology diesel engines. Five countries have adopted such standards for implementation before 2025, and at least six countries are planning to complete the transition to ultralow-sulfur diesel. The authors estimate that currently adopted policies will reduce global on-road diesel black carbon emissions to 40% below 2010 levels by 2030. A 75% reduction in …View Full Resource
In the white paper, ESG 2.0: How to Improve ESG Scoring to Better Reflect Renewable Energy Use and Investment, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) explores the current state of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in the U.S. and provides recommendations for ESG methodologies that better reflect renewable energy use and investment.
This report was developed in consultation with 30 prominent financial institutions, energy companies and corporations, including BlackRock Inc., Hannon Armstrong, Impax Asset Management, Invenergy, Pattern Energy, Solebury Trout LLC, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP, and other members of ACORE’s ESG Working Group.
The potential allocation …View Full Resource
Energy Efficiency Jobs in America 2019 shows the continued growth trajectory of energy efficiency, one of the nation’s biggest employers. Now representing a workforce of more than 2.3 million Americans, efficiency has more jobs than any other energy sector. With compelling visuals, the report explores job distribution beyond the top ten states in detail.
This third annual publication begins with a seven-page summary that provides an overview highlighting the top ten states for jobs and for job growth. Meaningful comparisons include sectors, technologies, firm size and more. Detailed state fact sheets also provide efficiency job numbers for metro, county, legislative …View Full Resource
The global energy transition is fast evolving, and two trends in particular seem poised to converge. On the one hand, the rapid transition toward decarbonization and decentralization in the power sector is prompting exploration of new transactive electricity market models. Meanwhile, distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain are rapidly evolving beyond their initial financial applications to new use cases in sectors such as energy. Some surmise that blockchain could serve as an ideal platform for the transactive electricity market of the future, helping to ensure that diverse, often intermittent assets on the grid work together as a symphony, rather than …View Full Resource
Buildings that emit no greenhouse gas emissions during their operation are vital to meeting the SDGs and Paris Agreement targets. But in the past, zero carbon buildings have been assumed to be only attainable by technologically advanced or wealthy countries. New WRI research finds there are policy pathways to reach zero carbon buildings regardless of location or development status. The report identifies eight pathways countries can take to reach zero carbon buildings by reducing energy demand and cleaning energy supply.
Cities will lead the shift to net zero carbon buildings (ZCBs) and will therefore play a major role in achieving
For several decades, energy security has been defined and pursued in a multilateral world with relatively open markets and technology transfer, where energy relations have become increasingly commodified. But that world may soon disappear—energy relationships might become more political, open trade might give way to friction, and great powers might leverage energy relations or energy technology to gain an edge over each other.
For decades the United States has promoted a rules-based, multilateral order, supported by shared gains from free trade and deeper economic and political integration within and among countries. Energy security, the ability to secure affordable and reliable …View Full Resource