Frequently used Sites

Updated Winter 2014

General Info:

U. S. Energy Information Administration.
The Energy Story.    http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/index.html
Alternative Energy Webquest.   http://www.bathcsd.org/webpages/GBelanger/webquests.cfm?subpage=52301
State of Texas. Energy report 2008. This is a great overview (Introduction; history; current use in Texas; economic impact; employment; etc.) of many renewable energy resources, from the Texas’ comptroller’s perspective. http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/energy/

Databases for news articles, science, and government reports.
Use search terms such as: Renewable energy, wind energy, nuclear energy, biomass energy, etc.
Issues and Controversies    Good for pro/con issues.
eLibrary  Great for magazine articles, science reports, government reports, etc.
SIRS

Wind

U. S. EERE. Look at the sidebar for topics.    http://energy.gov/eere/renewables/wind
American Wind Energy Association (Corporate sponsored site). Wind energy fact sheets.
https://www.awea.org/resources/statefactsheets.aspx?itemnumber=890
Union of Concerned Scientists.  Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/technology_and_impacts/impacts/environmental-impacts-of.html
An Illustrated History of Wind Power. (Unknown Author, but good illustrations)
http://www.telosnet.com/wind/
U. S. DOE.
Wind Farm Economic Impact Studies
http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/econ_project_search.asp
Austin Statesman (newspaper). Sadler: Economic impact of wind energy gets short shrift
http://www.statesman.com/opinion/sadler-economic-impact-of-wind-energy-gets-short-1217164.html
Wind Economic Development
http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/economics.asp

Biomass

California Biomass history.
http://www.energy.ca.gov/biomass/biomass.html
Biomass.net. (Unknown industry group.) Biomass History.
http://www.biomass.net/Biomass-History.html
U. S. EERE Biomass History for kids.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=biomass_home-basics
Union of Concerned Scientists. How biomass energy works.
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/technology_and_impacts/energy_technologies/how-biomass-energy-works.html
National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Biomass Energy Basics.
http://www.nrel.gov/learning/re_biomass.html
Union of Concerned Scientists.
Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/renewable-energy/environmental-impacts-of.html
U. S. DOE. DSIRE.Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency.
http://dsireusa.org/
Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) is an independent, national nonprofit organization located in Montpelier, Vermont with a Midwest office in Madison, Wisconsin. BERC assists communities, colleges and universities, state and local governments, businesses, utilities, schools, and others in making the most of their local energy resources.
http://www.biomasscenter.org/resources/fact-sheets.html

Geothermal

U. S. Energy Information Administration. Good Introduction.
http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=geothermal_home-basics
U. S. EERE. A History of Geothermal Energy in the United States
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/geothermal/history.html
Top Alternative Energy Sources.com. The History Of Geothermal Energy.
http://www.top-alternative-energy-sources.com/history-of-geothermal-energy.html
U. S. EERE. Geothermal
http://www.eere.energy.gov/topics/geothermal.html
U. S. Dept. of Energy. Geothermal. Gateway, open links.
http://www.energy.gov/energysources/geothermal.htm
Geothermal Development and Research in Iceland.  Geothermal Resources in Iceland
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Future of Geothermal Energy.
This is a massive 375p. Report by MIT on the future of geothermal energy.
It includes an extensive glossary, tables, charts, maps, cost profiles, etc.
USE THE TABLE OF CONTENTS to find the section you are interested in looking at.
future_of_geothermal_energy
Union of Concerned Scientists.
Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/technology_and_impacts/impacts/environmental-impacts-of.html
New Mexico State University. Geothermal Economic Impact POWERPOINT.
http://geology.utah.gov/emp/geothermal/ugwg/workshop0104/
Scroll down and click on “Geothermal Economic Impact   by James Witcher”; downloads a PPT.
U. S. DOE. DSIRE.Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency.
http://dsireusa.org/
Discovery. 10 Reasons to Use Geothermal Energy.
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-reasons-use-geothermal-energy.htm
Geothermal Energy Association. Geothermal Basics - Notes and References. (NOTE: look at the first five “summary” pages and the Table of Contents for economic issues.)
http://www.geo-energy.org/geo_basics_notes.aspx
State of Texas. Renewable Energy overview: Geothermal. Economic Impact.
http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/energy/renewable/geo.php

Nuclear

World Nuclear Association. (Commercial group supporting Nuclear power)
Outline History of Nuclear Energy.
http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf54.html
How Stuff Works: How Nuclear Power Works.
http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power5.htm
U. S. Dept. of Energy. Nuclear power.
http://www.energy.gov/energysources/nuclear.htm
The U. S. DOE Office of Nuclear Energy promotes nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the Nation's energy, environmental and national security needs by resolving technical and regulatory barriers through research, development and demonstration.  http://www.ne.doe.gov/
Discovery. 10 Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power.
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-pros-cons-nuclear-power.htm
The Wall Street Journal. The Case For and Against Nuclear Power.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121432182593500119.html

Hydroelectric

U. S. EERE. History of Hydropower.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/water/hydro_history.html
Water.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/topics/water.html
U. S. Energy Information Administration. KIDS page with basic information and good graphics.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=hydropower_home-basics
Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA maintains 29 conventional hydroelectric dams throughout the Tennessee River system and one pumped-storage facility for the production of electricity. In addition, four Alcoa dams on the Little Tennessee River and eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams on the Cumberland River contribute to the TVA power system. This also covers the "unusual" pumped-storage plant.     http://www.tva.gov/power/hydro.htm
UNUS State of Oregon. Micro Hydroelectric Systems. This site covers "micro" hydro system. Typically, Micro systems are owned by individual landowners. This site covers water flows, typical state regulations, costs, etc.
http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/Hydro/Hydro_index.shtml
Union of Concerned Scientists.
Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/technology_and_impacts/impacts/environmental-impacts-of.html
U. S. DOE. DSIRE.Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency. http://dsireusa.org/

Solar

U. S. EERE. Solar
http://www.eere.energy.gov/topics/solar.html
U. S. Energy Information Agency.  Energy Kids.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=solar_home-basics
Union of Concerned Scientists.
Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/technology_and_impacts/impacts/environmental-impacts-of.html
NY Times. Citing Need for Assessments, U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/27/us/27solar.html
Solar Energy HISTORY
http://www.facts-about-solar-energy.com/solar-energy-history.html
U. S. DOE. DSIRE. Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency. http://dsireusa.org/

Oil

U. S. Energy Information Agency.  Energy Kids.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=oil_home-basics
Museum of the Earth. History of Oil.
http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/history/history_home.html
Encyclopedia of Earth. Petroleum history, United States.
http://www.eoearth.org/article/Petroleum_history,_United_States
PETROLEUM HISTORY INSTITUTE.    http://www.petroleumhistory.org/OilHistory/OHindex.html
Early petroleum drilling sites.   http://www.little-mountain.com/oilwell/ 
Univ. of Washington. Environmental Impact of Oil Spills.
http://guides.lib.washington.edu/content.php?pid=176074&sid=1627223
U. S. NOAA. Gulf Oil Spill
http://www.education.noaa.gov/Ocean_and_Coasts/Oil_Spill.html
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Oil Sands & Environment.
CAPP is the voice of Canada's upstream oil, oil sands and natural gas industry (Industry Association)
http://www.capp.ca/CANADAINDUSTRY/OILSANDS/Pages/OilSandsEnvironment.aspx#qybMOTNidTZF
American Petroleum Institute. (About ½ down the page are several “reports” on the economic impact of the Petroleum industry in the U.S. http://www.api.org/aboutoilgas/  NOTE: This is an industrial association with information skewed to reflect positively upon the industry.  The facts may be correct, but HOW they are presented may skew the perception of data.

Natural Gas

U. S. Energy Information Agency.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/naturalgas/
U. S. Dept. of Energy.  A brief History of Natural Gas.
http://fossil.energy.gov/education/energylessons/gas/gas_history.html
City of Mesa Arizona. History of natural Gas use.
http://www.mesaaz.gov/energy/nghistory.aspx
NY Times
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/energy-environment/natural-gas/
U. S. Energy Information Agency.  Energy Kids. (For younger students, but has good graphics on NG production.)
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=natural_gas_home-basics
U. S. Energy Information Agency. NG as an alternative fuel.
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/natural_gas.html
Times-Tribune Of Scranton, Pa. Impact of natural gas drilling environmental woes could linger.
http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/impact-of-natural-gas-drilling-environmental-woes-could-linger-1.855750#axzz1GaEIngrr
U. S. EPA. Environmental Impact. Natural gas.
http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/affect/natural-gas.html
Union of Concerned Scientists.
Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/technology_and_impacts/impacts/environmental-impacts-of.html
U. S. DOE. DSIRE.  Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency. http://dsireusa.org/

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