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.
Critical minerals are an essential component of the transition to a low-carbon and clean energy future. Today, the United States lacks strategies for responsibly mining these materials at home, for developing sustainable supply chains for their incorporation into the clean energy economy, and for leading through example and cooperation with other nations that seek to mine and develop these resources in safe, environmentally responsible, and socially inclusive ways.…View Full Resource
The Oregon Public Utility Commission undertook a progressive comprehensive public stakeholder process when the legislature mandated them to convene the state’s electric power sector to investigate industry trends and the impact of technology on the current regulatory system. Their model demonstrates a stakeholder process that is transparent, inclusive of the wider community, efficient, and effective. In this case study, SEPA dives into the specifics of the commission’s process, its outcomes, subsequent actions, and how Oregon’s stakeholder process can be used as a tool by other commissions when they face challenging issues or the need to change current approaches.…View Full Resource
Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy is undertaking a multiyear study on the prospects for and timing of peak oil demand. An essential piece of the puzzle is understanding what happens to global oil demand in the passenger vehicle sector, since it is the sector with the largest oil demand use today. Policy makers in a growing number of countries are supporting passenger vehicle electrification or a phaseout of fossil fuel passenger vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve urban air quality. To understand the trajectory of oil demand in this sector, it is important to comprehend the …View Full Resource
Recognizing that public opinion plays a critical role in the American response to global warming, our bi-annual Climate Change in the American Mind national surveys investigate, track, and explain public understanding of climate change and level of support for climate policies in the U.S. Our findings are published in numerous reports throughout the year and are cited by leading journals, publications, and online media around the world.
Our surveys—conducted in partnership with the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University—are the most comprehensive of their kind and draw on the leading scholarship and survey research expertise of our …View Full Resource
Reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through a reliance on natural gas can create a hidden commitment to methane (CH4) leakage mitigation. While the quantity of CH4 leakage from natural gas has been studied extensively, the magnitude and timing of the CH4 mitigation required to meet climate policy goals is less well understood. Here we address this topic by examining the case of US electricity under a range of baseline natural gas leakage rate estimates and emissions equivalency metrics for converting CH4 to CO2-equivalent emissions. We find that CH4 emissions from the power sector would need to be reduced by 30%–90% …View Full Resource
Transmittal letter to the Secretary of Energy
Roadmap to At-Scale Deployment
Appendix A — Request Letter and Description of the NPC
Appendix B: Study Group Rosters
List of Topic Papers
Cost Curve Model
Acronyms and Abbreviations
The global energy system is in a constant state of change. Prices and cost go up and down, geopolitical relationships ebb and flow, and technology and infrastructure are developed, deployed, and eventually retired. However, there are trends that have emerged over the last decade – including much greater U.S. oil and gas production and more investor and advocate pressure on companies with respect to sustainability – that have created a fundamental shift in the global energy system and that are likely to come into conflict with each other in the near future. The U.S. oil and gas industry is booming, …View Full Resource
Among climate policy advocates there is a growing consensus around using performance standards to eliminate carbon pollution from the United States. We agree that performance standards should be a central piece to the federal government’s plan to fight climate change. Here’s why.
A national climate plan needs to check many boxes. It must provide guaranteed emissions cuts to ensure we meet net-zero by 2050 at the absolute latest. It must set clear, tangible goals and provide long-term policy certainty to spur full buy-in from businesses and investors. It must be affordable and fair to all Americans. It must be paired …View Full Resource
Accelerating America’s Pledge is the first analysis to take the current momentum towards climate leadership among U.S. states, cities, and businesses, and project how far that leadership, without Washington, can take the U.S. by 2030. It then layers onto those projections an analysis of a federal administration that has applied the policies developed and tested at the state and local level on a national scale. The report projects these two emissions reductions scenarios based on city, state, business, and federal adoption of ambitious climate action policies:
1. Bottom-Up: The first scenario involves a coalition of states, cities, and businesses deploying …View Full Resource
Attorneys general reach 300 legal and regulatory actions, blunting many severe consequences of the Trump administration’s worst rollbacks, but more actions lie ahead.
The report examines the AGs’ response to some of the administration’s most serious assaults on the environment in six key areas:
The Failure to Confront Climate Change
The Reversion to Dirtier, Unhealthy Air Quality
The Weakening of Clean Water Protections
The Exploitation of Our Public Lands & Wildlife
The Undermining of Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency
The Failure to Keep Americans Safe from Chemical Accidents and Dangerous Toxics