Reports on Energy

The reports below represent a sample of Frontier Group’s work on Energy. For more of our reports on this and related topics, please visit www.PolicyArchive.org. Full archive coming soon.

Renewables on the Rise: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future

Renewables on the Rise asseses the growth of five key clean energy technologies over the last decade, and finds that clean energy is sweeping across America - and is poised for further dramatic growth in the years ahead. 

(July 2017)
Our Health At Risk: Why Are Millions of Americans Still Breathing Unhealthy Air?

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

(April 2017)
Shining Cities 2017: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar energy is booming in America and cities are leading the way. This development is happening the fastest, not necessarily in cities with the most sunlight, but in those with the strongest local and state policies to support this growth. Shining Cities 2017 is the fourth edition in our series ranking America’s largest cities by total and per capita installed solar PV capacity.

(April 2017)
Doubling Down on Climate Progress: The Benefits of a Stronger Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation’s first multi-state climate policy to cut dangerous carbon dioxide pollution from power plants and generate revenue to fund clean energy programs. Doubling Down on Climate Progress finds that, as good as the program is, we can make it better. Doubling the strength of RGGI would result in big benefits: fewer emissions, improved air quality and more funding for renewable energy projects. 

(March 2017)
Fracking Failures 2017: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania

Even when drillers follow all the rules, fracking is a dirty and dangerous activity. Yet drilling companies also regularly violate laws and regulations meant to protect the environment and the public, magnifying the risk to our health and environment. In Pennsylvania, fracking companies violate environmental or public health laws on virtually a daily basis. In the last eight years, fracking companies together committed a combined total of 4,351 violations, or an average of 1.4 violations per day. Despite the number of violations resulting from fracking operations across Pennsylvania—and the ensuing pollution, workplace accidents and threats to public health—enforcement has lagged far behind the level necessary to deter companies from breaking the rules.

(March 2017)
Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus

America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively deploy clean energy on campus, setting a goal of getting 100 percent of their energy from clean renewable sources.

(March 2017)
Blocking the Sun: Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power - 2016 Edition

Behind the scenes, electric utilities, fossil fuel interests and powerful industry front groups have begun chipping away at the key policies that have put solar energy on the map in the United States – often in the face of strong objections from a supportive public.

(December 2016)
Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society - 2016 Edition

A review of 16 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering. Decision-makers should recognize the great value delivered by distributed solar energy by preserving and expanding access to net metering and other programs that ensure fair compensation to Americans who install solar energy.

(October 2016)
Dangerous and Close: Fracking Puts the Nation’s Most Vulnerable People at Risk

Oil and gas companies are fracking near our communities, polluting our air and water, and risking the health of our children and other vulnerable populations. Dangerous and Close documents how many thousands of day cares and schools and hundreds of hospitals and nursing homes are close to fracked wells in nine states.

(October 2016)
Carbon-Cutting Success Stories: How the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Is Reducing Pollution and Investing in People

Numbers cannot tell the full story of the success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The case studies highlighted in this report show how this policy is working to help homeowners, farmers, non-profit organizations, clean energy entrepreneurs, governments and businesses save energy, save money, and do their part to preserve a livable climate for ourselves and for future generations.

(September 2016)
Lighting the Way 4: The Top States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2015

The states with the most solar capacity aren’t necessarily those with the most sunshine – they are the states that have adopted policies to make it easy and affordable for people, businesses and utilities to “go solar.”

(July 2016)
Drive Clean and Save: Electric Vehicles Are a Good Deal for California Consumers and the Environment

Electric vehicles (EVs) are clean, fun to drive, never require a stop at the gas station, and are a key part of California’s strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, the state’s biggest source of climate-altering pollution. Today’s mass-market battery electric vehicles are also a good deal and will likely save money for consumers compared to similar gasoline-powered vehicles. 

(July 2016)
Fracking by the Numbers: The Damage to Our Water, Land and Climate from a Decade of Dirty Drilling

Fracking has led to tremendous environmental harm and put the health and safety of communities across the country at risk. Since 2005, according to industry and state data, at least 137,000 fracking wells have been drilled or permitted in more than 20 states. Fracking by the Numbers quantifies some of the key environmental and public health-related impacts triggered by fracking during the technology’s decade-long spread across the country, including water and chemicals used, wastewater production, methane emissions, and land disturbed.

(April 2016)
Shining Cities 2016: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Shining Cities: How Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, the third edition of our series ranking cities by installed solar PV capacity, shows that the cities with thriving solar markets are those with smart policies that make solar energy both accessible and affordable to their residents.

(April 2016)
We Have the Power: 100% Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving America

America can address our largest environmental challenges by shifting to 100 percent renewable energy. We Have the Power harnesses the evidence for why a transition to 100 percent renewable energy is both necessary and achievable and highlights the technologies and tools that can get us there.

(March 2016)

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