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.

Rooftop Solar at Risk: Cuts to net metering could threaten California's solar progress

California’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals depend on steady growth in rooftop solar power. Utilities, however, are pushing for dramatic reductions in compensation to solar customers that could disrupt that growth – cuts similar to those that have triggered dramatic declines in solar installations in other states. To avoid a “solar cliff,” California must learn from those cautionary examples and adopt policies that provide a solid foundation for future growth in rooftop solar.

(July 2021)
The Environmental Case for Rooftop Solar Energy: Protecting California’s Climate and Land

Solar panels installed on our homes and businesses are a great source of clean, renewable energy, but they have many other benefits as well. From reducing the land needed for power generation and electricity transmission to helping conserve water, and from improving local resilience against outages to accelerating the decarbonization of our energy sector, rooftop solar is a crucial tool for mitigating and adapting to global warming.

(July 2021)
Blocking Rooftop Solar: The companies, lobbyists and front groups undermining local clean energy

Fossil fuel and utility interests are working across multiple states to slow the adoption of rooftop solar. Blocking Rooftop Solar explores the tactics these solar opponents have used — including their efforts to remove incentives or impose new charges — and how policymakers can respond to keep renewable energy growing.

(June 2021)
We Have the Power: Realizing clean, renewable energy’s potential to power America

Fossil fuels are responsible for a rapidly warming planet, for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year from air pollution, and for untold environmental damage. We Have the Power explores America's potential for a large-scale shift to emission-free energy from the wind, sun and other renewable sources, and how such a shift can solve many of America’s most pressing environmental and public health challenges.

(June 2021)
Cleaner, Cheaper Power for Texas Communities: Bulk power can reduce pollution and save residents money

Texas cities and counties can help reach their climate goals by pooling the electricity purchasing power of their residents and buying renewable electricity. Across the country, such community bulk power programs, including so-called community choice aggregation, have given a boost to clean energy while in many cases saving money for consumers. Texas cities and counties should follow suit.

(April 2021)
Electric Buildings: Repowering homes and businesses for our health and environment

Burning fossil fuels in buildings damages our health and the environment. By running our buildings on electricity, we can reduce carbon emissions, our dependence on gas and our overall energy use while improving public health.

(April 2021)
Offshore Wind for America: The promise and potential of clean energy off our coasts

The United States currently relies heavily on fossil fuels to heat our homes, fuel our cars, power our machines and produce electricity, harming our health and our climate. But the country is beginning to embrace the promise and potential of renewables. Offshore wind is a massive and underutilized energy resource just off our coasts, and can play a crucial role in moving toward a 100% renewable energy future.

(March 2021)
Blueprint for America: An infrastructure plan to make our families and communities safer, healthier and more resilient

The transition to new leadership in Washington, D.C., creates the opportunity for the nation to turn the page in a new year -- not just to heal the wounds of 2020, but also to position the nation for a better future. Infrastructure investment is a key tool in that process of recovery and renewal. Blueprint for America proposes a transformative infrastructure plan for the United States, which would make us healthier and safer, prioritize infrastructure repair, avoid investing in infrastructure likely to become “stranded assets,” and get the most out of every dollar invested by using our infrastructure efficiently

(November 2020)
Renewables on the Rise 2020: A decade of progress toward a clean energy future

Clean energy is sweeping across America. Today, America produces almost four times as much renewable electricity from the sun and wind as it did in 2010. Renewables on the Rise 2020 tracks the rapid growth of the key clean energy technologies that will enable America to move toward a future of 100% renewable energy.

(October 2020)
America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy 2020: Who Is Leading the Transition to 100% Renewable Energy on Campus?

Colleges and universities are leading the transition to 100% renewable energy. Top campuses are already getting 100% or more of their power from clean sources, using energy more efficiently, and employing clean electric vehicles.

America's Top Colleges for Renewable Energy 2020 highlights the schools that are already tapping the power of the sun, wind and other renewable sources to power their campuses, as well as those schools that have made ambitious clean energy commitments for the future. 

(August 2020)
A Cleaner Path for Oil in Texas: Recommendations to Protect Our Environment and Health

The global oil price war, demand reductions resulting from the coronavirus outbreak, and the industry’s mountain of debt have left Texas oil and gas companies in crisis. But even before the crisis, oil and gas drilling in Texas posed dangers to the environment and public health. Any response to the current crisis by the Railroad Commission and other state leaders should recognize the underlying risks created by oil and gas production and move toward correcting them.

(June 2020)
Shining Cities 2020: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy

What does the solar revolution look like in America's cities? Our seventh annual survey of solar energy in America’s biggest cities finds that solar energy is on the rise, and bringing big benefits -- and yet cities have only begun to tap their solar energy potential.

(May 2020)
Electric Buildings: How to Repower Where We Live, Work and Learn with Clean Energy

America can and must move toward meeting our energy needs with 100 percent renewable energy. Getting there will require that we end the burning of fossil fuels in our homes and commercial buildings. "Electric Buildings" reviews the new and improved technologies are putting clean, efficient electric space heating, water heating and appliances within the reach of most American households, as well as the barriers that must be overcome for the nation to break free of its dependence on fossil fuels.

(December 2019)
Offshore Drilling, Onshore Damage: Broken Pipelines, Dirty Refineries and the Pollution Impacts of Energy Infrastructure

The Trump administration has proposed opening much of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans off the U.S. coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. The environmental dangers posed by offshore oil spills are well known. The damage to the environment, communities and public health from the onshore infrastructure needed to support offshore drilling is less well known, but no less real. Offshore Drilling, Onshore Damage highlights how the onshore pipelines, waste disposal facilities, ports and refineries that support offshore production endanger public health by polluting the air and water, and threaten wildlife and ecosystems.

(December 2019)
Renewables on the Rise 2019: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future

America is in the midst of a clean energy revolution. Currently, wind and solar energy provide nearly 10 percent of our nation’s electricity and in 2018 America produced almost five times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2009. Renewables on the Rise documents the dramatic rise of clean energy over the past decade and looks toward a future that is 100 percent renewable.

(August 2019)