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.
The climate crisis is here. Extreme weather events fueled by climate change are becoming increasingly more frequent, more destructive, and more costly. Wildfires are burning millions of acres annually. Frequent back-to-back hurricanes, coupled with increased flooding, cause damage to already-climate-vulnerable communities unable to recover fully before the next disaster strikes. And the science reveals it will only get worse.
The Sixth Assessment Report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on August 9, 2021, paints a dire picture of climate change, with the U.N. chief referring to its findings as “a code red for humanity.” The report, …View Full Resource
NRGI’s corruption diagnostic tool aims to support anticorruption actors as they tackle the complex and sensitive challenge of extractive sector corruption.
The tool prioritizes multi-stakeholder participation, and its flexible approach allows users to adapt the content and process to meet their needs.
The research guides describe prevalent forms of corruption in specific areas of extractive sector governance (licensing; operations; revenue collection; revenue management; and SOEs), as well as common red flags, leading anticorruption good practices and other information. The guides may hold value for readers interested in understanding corruption trends in these areas, in addition to those conducting assessments.…View Full Resource
This primer provides basic information on advanced reactors to help the public and stakeholders understand the promise of innovative nuclear technologies. Dozens are under development around the world; this primer focuses on those in the United States and Canada.…View Full Resource
The second annual “Transportation Electrification in the Southeast” report developed by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and Atlas Public Policy tracks electric vehicle momentum in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee within the past year, as well as roadblocks and opportunities for state-by-state policy, regulatory, economic development, and investment activity related to electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, deployment of passenger EVs and EV charging, and government and electric utility funding for transportation electrification. The report also examines the multiplying benefits of a clean energy transition, including economic benefits to the region, improved air quality.
Overall, the …View Full Resource
The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies appropriations bill funds civil works projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation)and Central Utah Project (CUP); the Department of Energy (DOE); the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC); and several other independent agencies. DOE typically accounts for about 80% of the bill’s funding.…View Full Resource
Large energy users with renewable energy targets—like cities and corporations—face technical, policy, and market barriers when procuring renewables for their own operations and when attempting to expand access to renewables for other energy users. Municipal-corporate collaborations can remove these barriers and advance renewable electricity generation and use across the United States. Amplifying, enhancing, and scaling these efforts can help accelerate the clean energy transition.
To date, municipal and corporate renewable energy buyers have partnered on education and outreach efforts, joint procurement of renewable electricity, collaborative engagement to remove market barriers, and equitable deployment of renewables within communities. These collaborations demonstrate …View Full Resource
To achieve ambitious environmental justice goals such as those set by the Biden administration, agencies will need a toolkit for assessing and weighing the distributional effects of policy options. Focusing on environmental justice, this report outlines procedures and methodologies that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) could apply to account for equity in the regulatory review process. The report recommends that OMB: instruct agencies to conduct more granular analysis of impacts; provide guidance on how to conduct such assessments; direct agencies on how to incorporate the results of such analysis into decisionmaking; and facilitate a whole-of-government pursuit of equity …View Full Resource
Indigenous Resistance Against Carbon seeks to uplift the work of countless Tribal Nations, Indigenous water protectors, land defenders, pipeline fighters, and many other grassroots formations who have dedicated their lives to defending the sacredness of Mother Earth and protecting their inherent rights of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. In this effort, Indigenous Peoples have developed highly effective campaigns that utilize a blended mix of non-violent direct action, political lobbying, multimedia, divestment, and other tactics to accomplish victories in the fight against neoliberal projects that seek to destroy our world via extraction.
In this report, we demonstrate the tangible impact these Indigenous …View Full Resource
The imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will almost certainly lead to a major economic transition for the people and places where coal, oil, and natural gas are produced, processed, and consumed at certain facilities, such as power plants. Although the needed scale and speed of the energy transition is unique (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine 2021), previous economic transitions may provide insight for decisionmakers at the local, regional, and national levels. In this analysis, we draw insights from textile manufacturing, which has undergone multiple transitions in the United States. We focus on public policies that were designed …View Full Resource
Many electric utilities utilize Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) to develop and communicate a long-term vision for their resource development. As such, IRPs play a significant role in solar development and in how customers achieve their clean energy goals. For large-scale energy customers, including corporations and local governments, understanding how IRP processes impact resource decisions—and how this relates to achieving their clean energy targets—can influence their engagement with utilities and regulators.
A range of barriers can limit solar energy in IRPs, including outdated or unfounded solar technology assumptions and modeling practices that do not enable solar to compete fairly with other …View Full Resource