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 Full archive coming soon.

The Costs of Fracking: The Price Tag of Dirty Drilling's Environmental Damage

The negative environmental and health impacts of fracking for oil and gas come with  heavy “dollars and cents” costs,  ranging from cleaning up contaminated water to repairing ruined roads. The experience of previous fossil fuel booms suggests that many of these costs will wind up being borne by the public. The Costs of Fracking highlights the many ways in which oil and gas production using hydraulic fracturing affects the environment, public health and our communities, and calls for steps to ensure that the oil and gas industry is held financially accountable for the damage it causes.

(September 2012)
Solar Works for Oregon: The Vast Potential of Solar Power to Protect Our Environment and Create Jobs

Oregon has vast untapped potential for solar energy. This report shows that solar power can supply 10 percent of Oregon’s electricity and reduce its energy use for water heating by 6 percent by 2025. Taking advantage of the state’s solar energy potential would reduce Oregon’s contribution to global warming and protect its environment. More solar power would also create jobs and boost manufacturing in Oregon. Putting policies in place to accelerate the growth of the solar energy market will allow Oregon to start reaping these benefits immediately.

(July 2012)
Massachusetts' Solar Leaders: The Cities and Towns at the Forefront of the Clean Energy Revolution

Massachusetts has leapt to the forefront of the rising solar energy economy. Since 2007, solar energy in Massachusetts has grown 30-fold – from less than 4 megawatts of solar panels to more than 110 megawatts. Massachusetts’ emerging solar leadership is the result of strong public policies designed to make it easier for Bay Staters to “go solar." Massachusetts' Solar Leaders highlights the cities and towns that are leading the Commonwealth in solar photovoltaic installations and showing the way toward a clean energy future.

(July 2012)
Charging Forward: The Emergence of Electric Vehicles and Their Role in Reducing Oil Consumption

America’s reliance on gasoline-powered vehicles has long contributed to air pollution, including global warming emissions, and our nation’s dependence on oil. In the past decade, however, the automobile market has begun to change, integrating new technologies that are dramatically less dependent on gasoline. Hybrid electric vehicles, powered in part by energy stored in a battery, have become increasingly popular. Charging Forward explains how electric vehicles, with zero direct emissions, are emerging as a market-viable alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles.

(July 2012)
What Offshore Wind Means for Maryland: Environmental, Economic and Public Health Benefits Across the State

Maryland has abundant potential for generating electricity from wind by deploying offshore wind farms. What Offshore Wind Means for Maryland explains how investing in offshore wind would provide cleaner air and foster a more vibrant economy for all regions of Maryland, while helping to protect healthy ecosystems for future generations of Marylanders.

(March 2012)
Fukushima: One Year Later

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster raised fresh concerns about the safety of America’s nuclear power plants and the wisdom of building new nuclear power plants in the United States. One year after the deadly earthquake and tsunami that spawned the meltdowns at Fukushima, new information continues to emerge about the events that took place at Fukushima and the implications for the people of Japan and the future of nuclear power. Fukushima: One Year Later provides an update on the situation at Fukushima on the first anniversary of the disaster.

(March 2012)
Ohio's Clean Energy Report Card, Year 2: Wind, Solar, and Energy Efficiency on the Rise

Since Ohio's Clean Energy Law was adopted in 2008, the state has made rapid progress at developing wind, solar and energy efficiency. 2010 saw significant progress, as utilities moved ahead with major renewable energy projects and expanded their energy efficiency programs. Still, several utilities fell short of their goals, leaving significant room for improvement in future years.

(March 2012)
Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: How Cutting Pollution Protects New Jersey's Environment, Strenthens the Economy, and Reduces Energy Costs

In 2005, New Jersey joined nine other Northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program designed to clean up global warming pollution from the region's power plants while fueling the transition to a clean energy economy. RGGI has helped launch clean energy projects in New Jersey that are cutting pollution, benefiting energy consumers and creating new economic opportunities. This report outlines the even greater benefits New Jersey can achieve by remaining in the program and working with other Northeastern states to strengthen RGGI in the years ahead

(February 2012)
California's Solar Cities 2012: Leaders in the Race Toward a Clean Energy Future

California’s solar market is thriving. Ten years ago, solar panels atop roofs were a rarity. Today, solar is taking hold in cities across the state, from coastal metropolises to agricultural and industrial hubs in the Central Valley. This report provides a snapshot of the development of California’s solar market partway through the year 2011, quantifying the amount of solar power installed by city and recommending further steps toward a clean energy future

(January 2012)
Too Close To Home: Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water

Nuclear power plants can threaten drinking water supplies through leaks or accidents. The Fukushima disaster, for instance, led to public health warnings about drinking water sources as much as 130 miles away. "Too Close to Home" examines the proximity of nuclear power plants and drinking water in the United States, where 49 million people receive their drinking water from systems with intakes within 50 miles of a nuclear plant.

(January 2012)
America's Emerging Clean Energy Capital: How Houston Can Lead the Nation to a New Energy Future


In recent years, Houston has emerged as a nationwide leader in expanding its production and use of clean energy. The City of Houston has adopted strong, energy-saving building codes, ramped up purchases of renewable energy, and begun laying the groundwork for widespread adoption of electric cars – all steps that have jump-started the area’s transition toward a clean energy economy. However, Houston still has a great deal of untapped potential to save energy and avoid pollution. This report illustrates how Houston can build on its current momentum through a number of clean energy technologies, including net-zero energy home construction, rooftop solar installations and electric vehicles (EVs).

(November 2011)
Building a Brighter Future: California’s Progress Toward a Million Solar Roofs

In early November 2011, California passed the major milestone of installing more than 1,000 megawatts of rooftop solar power capacity -- more than all but five nations in the world. This success is the result of an innovative policy effort, launched in 2007, to make solar technology accessible to everyday Californians. As 2011 winds down, we are approaching the halfway point of this policy initiative. In Building a Solar Future, we take a closer look at the progress the program has achieved.

(November 2011)
A Smart Solution: EmPOWER Maryland Is Saving Energy, Saving Money, and Boosting Our Economy

Maryland electricity consumers are beginning to reap the benefits of the state’s ambitious efforts to improve energy efficiency and measures to cut peak demand. Consumers are saving money and avoiding paying for expensive new infrastructure projects, while employers have been able to increase their competitiveness and hire new staff. A Smart Solution documents these benefits, and makes recommendations on how to further strengthen efficiency measures so that the state achieves the goals of EmPOWER Maryland.

(October 2011)
Grand Canyon at Risk: Uranium Mining Doesn't Belong Near Our National Treasures

Uranium mining is an industry with a bad track record. At sites ranging from a giant tailings pile next to the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, to old mines near the Grand Canyon, the industry has left radioactive contamination behind it. Opening land near the Grand Canyon to uranium exploration would threaten one of our most valuable national places, and imperil the drinking water of 25 million downstream residents.

(August 2011)
Getting Off Oil: A 50-State Roadmap for Curbing Our Dependence on Petroleum

America's dependence on oil inflicts a heavy toll on our environment - harming our air, water and land. And with oil companies now having to go to greater lengths – and take greater risks – to satisfy the world’s demand for oil, the environmental impact of oil consumption will only increase in the years to come. Getting Off Oil describes how the United States can use a combination of local, state and federal policies to curb our consumption of oil for energy by 31 percent by 2030.

(August 2011)