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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether a small business, a community school, or a local household, millions of American electric customers have installed rooftop solar or subscribed to shared solar farms. And it doesn’t just save money for solar customers — widespread adoption of distributed solar benefits all of us by creating jobs and lowering the costs of building a cleaner, more resilient power grid. As the price to install solar continues to fall, the opportunity expands each year to more and more Americans.
This report shares data from ILSR’s first ever Barriers to Distributed Energy Survey and stories from interviews with solar developers to …View Full Resource
In recent years, there has been growing concern over the millions of oil and gas wells that are no longer producing but are threatening the environment and public health and will cost tens of billions of dollars to clean-up.
While there are already millions of non-producing wells that need to be plugged, this report shows that there could soon be a large wave of even more non-producing wells. There are over 177,000 wells in the Ohio River Valley states of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia that are technically producing oil or gas – but only in small amounts. Most …View Full Resource
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes $5 billion in formula funds to help every state build out a network of EV chargers. Third Way’s new map shows that every state will be able to install thousands of chargers using this money, though how many will depend on what types of chargers each state prioritizes.
In implementing this and the IIJA’s $2.5 billion competitive grant program for EV charging and other alternative refueling infrastructure, the Biden-Harris Administration should get the money awarded quickly so that chargers will be plentiful by the time more people start buying EVs. The Administration …View Full Resource
This paper provides recommendations and good practice examples of policies that governments have implemented to contribute to a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 as well as longer-term redesigns to spur transformative change toward a sustainable future in each of their economies.
Three mutually reinforcing transitions were identified, as part of an initiative under the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MoEJ), to help reframe and prioritize policies to enable a sustainable recovery and redesign: decarbonization, circular economy, and decentralization.…View Full Resource
Unnecessarily long licensing reviews raise significant barriers to investment, reduce customer interest in advanced reactors, and threaten successful long-term deployment of advanced nuclear reactors. In this report, the NIA explores how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Industry can make advanced reactor licensing both more effective and more efficient.…View Full Resource
Global efforts to address climate change offer difficult choices for the oil- and natural gas-reliant economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). While swings in commodity prices over the decades have led to calls for economic diversification, some countries are now planning in earnest how best to adjust to the prospects of peak oil demand as the world strives to meet Paris Agreement and Glasgow Pact goals and an increasing number of nations commit to net-zero carbon emissions by midcentury. The issue is no longer simply about volatility and cyclicality of the oil market but rather a secular, structural, irreversible… View Full Resource
This report is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) staff’s sixteenth annual report on demand response and advanced metering, as required by section 1252(e)(3) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). The information presented in the report is based on publicly available data that is used to estimate demand response potential in the retail and wholesale markets.…View Full Resource
In 2010, an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in 11 deaths and the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Responders applied chemical dispersants to the surface oil slick—to break oil into smaller droplets. This can keep oil from reaching shoreline ecosystems, but may also increase toxic compound exposure for some sea life.
Responders also used dispersants at the wellhead, over 1,500 meters deep, without much information on the risks or effectiveness of doing so.
Subsurface dispersant use isn’t well understood. We recommended that the Coast Guard and EPA find ways to improve understanding of …View Full Resource
Decarbonizing the U.S. economy to achieve a 50–52% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by midcentury will require the accelerated deployment of existing low-carbon technologies as well as new technologies that are not yet commercially available. Furthermore, even as low-carbon technologies continue to become more cost-competitive, their pace of deployment needs to increase rapidly. Federal policies and investments are needed to drive technology deployment and market transformation, change consumer behavior, and encourage investment in infrastructure and key technologies needed for a net-zero economy. This working paper identifies near-term policies and federal investments that can catalyze emissions …View Full Resource
We’ve been telling you why to do it. Now we’ve put together the best advice on how to do it. Electrify Everything in Your Home is a guide to replacing all of your fossil-fueled appliances with modern electric ones. Once you electrify:
– your home will be more comfortable,
– your indoor and outdoor air quality will be healthier,
– your monthly bills will be lower.
Each chapter includes info about what your options are for that electric appliance, how to get started, questions to ask contractors, suggestions for how to best run the appliance, and links to more info.…View Full Resource