Michigan State University

Energy and the Environment

Selected Web Sites

AGORES (A Global Overview of Renewable Energy Sources)
Portal for renewable energy. Background on sectors, who's who, policy, publications and more. 

Alternative Energy Blog

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Data Center
Collects operating information from vehicles (in programs sponsored by the Alternative Motor Fuels Act) running on alternative fuels, analyzes those data, and makes them available to the public. The AFDC also maintains information on research reports conducted for both the Biofuels Systems Division and the Fuel Utilization Data and Analysis Division of the DOE Office of Alternative Fuels. 

Ballotpedia's Energy Policy in Michigan

Clean Energy Solutions
Projected dramatic increases in energy consumption in the coming decades, combined with a higher risk of climate change, require a massive global response based on technological innovation and the power of the marketplace. Experts and government officials describe the options before us, including renewable energy, novel vehicles, and low-carbon power generation, and discuss the best ways leading to a sustainable energy future. eJournal USA : Economic Perspectives, Volume 11, Number 2, July 2006. 

Database of State Incentives for Renewables  and Efficiency (DSIRE)
A comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.. 

Earth 911
Energy Page
Energy is crucial to producing any of the products we use on a daily basis. Making products from recycled materials significantly reduces the amount of energy needed in the process. 

EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal
A cooperative project of the World Resources Institute, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme and others that provides a wide array of environmental data and information. The material is grouped into broad topics: coastal and marine ecosystems; water resources and freshwater ecosystems; climate and atmosphere; population, health and human well-being; economics, business and the environment; energy and resources; biodiversity and protected areas; agriculture and food; forests and grasslands; and environmental institutions and governance. After selecting a broad topic, the user has access to databases, datatables, country profiles, maps, and feature articles. The databases provide extensive data for onscreen viewing or download. Years of coverage vary. The data tables provide comparative data for countries of the world. The country profiles provide data, tables, and a brief narrative for individual countries. 

Electricity Basics 101 (DOE)
Electricity is a form of energy characterized by the presence and motion of elementary charged particles generated by friction, induction, or chemical change. Electricity is a secondary energy source which means that we get it from the conversion of other sources of energy, like coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear power and other natural sources, which are called primary sources. The energy sources we use to make electricity can be renewable or non-renewable, but electricity itself is neither renewable or non-renewable. 

Energy and Fuels Special Report
A compilation of resources by the NewScientist. 

Energy Debate Watch
A compilation of news articles about the ongoing energy debate from Terra Rossa. 

Energy Information Agency (EIA) State Energy Profiles
Includes current and historic data on primary energy consumption, petroleum consumption, consumption by sector, residential use, commercial use, industrial use, transportation use, electric utility use, prices, expenditures, and state rankings of consumption, prices, and expenditures. Each selection presents the user with summary level information. More detailed information is available from pull-down menus. 

Energy Information Agency (EIA) Country Analysis Briefs
Provides country analysis briefs on energy issues for selected countries and with environmental information for selected countries. These reports from the United States Energy Information Administration examine the energy situation in OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) on-OPEC countries in the politically volatile Persian Gulf region, major non-OPEC oil exporters, and other countries or regions . The publications concentrate on energy outlook and supply but also include overview of each country, recent energy related-activities, summary environmental information including significant environmental problems by country. 

Environment Science and Technology Online
Energy Links

ETDEWEB -- Leading the Way to Worldwide Energy Technology Discoveries

Welcome to ETDE World Energy Base (ETDEWEB) where you can search and explore the growing collection of over 3,979,000 bibliographic records and more than 206,000 full text documents! Access to additional full text documents is provided with more than 715,000 DOI links and many other availability links. Full-text or DOI access is predominately available for most new information and is increasingly available for historic information as well. ETDEWEB is a product of the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), a programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA).
ETDEWEB includes information on energy R&D; energy policy and planning; basic sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry and biomedical) and materials research; the environmental impact of energy production and use, including climate change; energy conservation; nuclear (e.g., reactors, isotopes, waste management); coal and fossil fuels; renewable energy technologies (e.g., solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydro) and much, much more. ETDEWEB includes information from ETDE's Energy Database and information from US DOE/OSTI's Energy Citations Database. In addition to information from member countries, ETDEWEB contains worldwide information in the nuclear, coal, and global climate change areas. 

Green Power Network: Buying Green Power in Your State
The U.S. Department of Energy's Green Power Network provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. This site provides state-by-state information on Green Power Marketing in Competitive Electricity Markets and Utility Green Pricing Programs.

Green Power Renewable Energy Technology Basics
Green power is electricity that is generated from resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro facilities. Conventional electricity generation, based on the combustion of fossil fuels, is the nation's single largest industrial source of air pollution. The increasing availability of green power enables electricity customers to accelerate installation of renewable energy technologies. As more green power sources are developed - displacing conventional generation - the overall environmental impacts associated with electricity generation will be significantly reduced.

Michigan Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

National Library for the Environment
Congressional Research Service Reports on Energy
Type in energy in the box and see what comes up.

Net Energy: Concepts, Issues, and Case Studies (collection)
A compilation of articles from the Encyclopedia of Earth. 

Power Scorecard
The power scorecard assesses the environmental impact of different types of electricity generation. It was developed with the technical support of the Pace Law School Energy Project to help citizens rate electricity sources by entering state and energy preferences. 

Putting the Pieces Together: How Do Citizens and Experts See the Energy Issue?
The new research uncovers a serious barrier to advancing national dialogue on energy issues: the profound mismatch in how leaders and the public define the problem and think about solutions. The research is based on a series of focus groups across the country and interviews with experts on an array of energy issues. For example, citizens primarily think about their own personal habits and consumption when the topic of “conservation” arises and assume that conserving means they will end up sacrificing comfort and convenience to reduce energy use. Meanwhile many experts say the nation could vastly increase energy efficiency through changes that would be nearly imperceptible to the average person. Many experts see this as a potential breakthrough, but one that is currently stalled. Many citizens had a “strongly felt perception that ‘movers and shakers’ are either actively making matters worse or are simply abdicating responsibility and leaving problems to fester,” the report says. Energy experts had a more nuanced, although not entirely contradictory view. “Most experts saw the forces behind the energy leadership vacuum as a combination of the prevailing culture of partisanship and the corrupting influence Will Friedman, McKenna Morrigan and Alison Kadlec. A report for the Kettering Foundation by Public Agenda. 

REN 21 : Renewable Energy Policy for the 21st Century
REN21 is a global policy network that provides a forum for international leadership on renewable energy. Its goal is to bolster policy development for the rapid expansion of renewable energies in developing and industrialised economies. Open to a wide variety of dedicated stakeholders, REN21 connects governments, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, industry associations, and other partnerships and initiatives. Linking the energy, development and environment sectors, REN21 strengthens the influence of the unique renewable energy community that came together at the “renewables 2004” conference in Bonn. REN21 is the network in which ideas are shared and action is encouraged to promote renewable energy worldwide.

Renewable & Alternative Energy Basics 101 (DOE)
Renewable energy resources are naturally replenished in a relatively short period of time. They include biomass, hydropower, geothermal energy, wind energy, and solar energy. In 2005, about 6% of all energy consumed, and about 9% of total electricity production was from renewable energy sources. Alternative transportation fuels are fuels used for transportation other than gasoline or diesel. Some alternative transportation fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are renewable while others, such as propane and natural gas, are non-renewable. 

Renewable and Alternative Fuel Data, Reports, Analysis, Surveys
Official energy statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Renewable Energy Access (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)
An Internet source for information on renewable energy. 

Renewable Energy Consumption and Electricity Preliminary 2007 Statistics
EIA recently released a preliminary report showing renewable energy provided 7 percent of the total U.S. energy consumption in 2007. Total renewable energy market consumption was comprised of biomass, hydroelectricity, geothermal, wind and solar. Energy Information Administration. 

Renewable Energy Policy Project
REPP's goal is to accelerate the use of renewable energy by providing credible information, insightful policy analysis, and innovative strategies amid changing energy markets and mounting environmental needs by researching, publishing, and disseminating information, creating policy tools, and hosting highly active, on-line, renewable energy discussion groups. Main subjects include policy, hydro, solar, bioenergy, geothermal, wind, hydrogen. 

Renewables Global Status Report 2006 Update

Renewables Global Status Report 2007
Prepared by the Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) in collaboration with the Worldwatch Institute, the Renewables 2007 Global Status Report paints an encouraging picture of rapidly expanding renewable energy markets, policies, industries, and rural applications around the world. In 2007, global wind generating capacity is estimated to have increased 28 percent, while grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity rose 52 percent. "So much has happened in the renewable energy sector during the past five years that the perceptions of some politicians and energy-sector analysts lag far behind the reality of where the renewables industry is today," says Mohamed El-Ashry, Chair of REN21.

Source for Renewable Energy
The Source for Renewable Energy is a comprehensive online buyer's guide and business directory to more than 12,000 renewable energy businesses and organizations worldwide. 

Statistical Review of World Energy 2007
The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2007 tells the story of the world's current and historical energy trends. This edition includes data up to the end of 2006.

Union of Concerned Scientists : Clean Energy Page

UN Energy Statistics Database

UNEP Energy

UNEP works to address environmental consequences of energy production and use, and assists decision-makers in governments and the private sector to make better, more informed energy choices which fully integrate environmental and social costs.
This website provides information on key activities at the global and regional levels, including UNEP Energy Branch, UNEP Risoe Centre, Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative, UNEP Offshore Oil and Gas Environment Forum, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) and OzonAction Branch. Information is also provided on energy-related policies and strategies. 

U.S. Department of Energy : Energy Resources Page
Provides links to : Bioenergy, Coal, Electric Power, Fossil Fuels, Fusion, Geothermal, Hydrogen, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Nuclear, Oil, Renewables, Solar, Wind.

WorldWatch Energy and Climate Change Library : Renewable Energy